Creating a simple filing system

Creating a simple filing system

After repeated attempts to gain control of her home office, a client contacted me for help. She told me she didn’t know how to deal with her paperwork, and she was constantly searching for lost important documents in the dozens of piles strewn about her office. My client wasn’t interested in scanning the paper she had, she just wanted to get her paperwork to a manageable state.

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Paper purging

Paper purging

Is your file cabinet filled to capacity and then some? Instead of going out and buying another cabinet to house your paperwork, first go through your current files to determine what needs to be removed because it's old and outdated, what can be shredded and what can be shredded. If you haven't referenced that article from the four-year-old issue of Good Housekeeping, I'd wager you can probably toss it.

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Decisions, decisions...

Decisions, decisions...

When visiting my family in Minnesota in November, my mom presented me with a box full of my papers from grade school that she didn't want to keep at her house any longer. Ever the diligent daughter, I brought the box back with me to Atlanta and promptly hoisted it onto the highest shelf in my closet, vowing to go through it soon. "Soon" turned into weeks and the weeks turned into months.

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