I’m excited to be kicking off my home office organization series on OLJ with a video showcasing my filing system. Although I’m currently working through cleaning up and reorganizing my entire office, my filing system needed the least amount of work. I’ve been using this filing organization since we moved into our home in 2007. I even had a similar system for the first two years of my marriage (2005-2007), which was the start of my official status as home manager. I’ve easily been able to adapt my filing system over the years to accomodate our growing needs. I thought I’d share some of the organizational tools I use for filing here.
I have several pieces from the Pottery Barn Bedford Home Office set, all in antique white. Not only are these beautiful, well made pieces of furniture, but they suit my organizational and functional office needs well. I use the Bedford Lateral File Cabinet to house the bulk of our files. I keep current files (from the last calendar year and the current one) in the upper drawer. I keep our back files in the lower drawer. This includes about six years backlog of regular bills and statements as well as documents I want to hold onto indefinitely.
I use similar jewel-toned hanging file folders from Office Depot as the Smead ones pictured above. I designate each of the five colors to a different category: purple for household utilities, teal for credit cards, subscriptions, & memberships, blue for finances and taxes, maroon for personal things such as health, school, and travel, and grey for receipts and brochures. I use the color coordinating non-hanging file folders as additional organizers for my travel file as well as many of my back files. The 2″ Box-Bottom file folders work great in that bottom drawer to organize larger bunches of papers. I actually have all three of these styles of file folders on hand in my closet for easy filing updates at any time. The only purchase I made in my filing system cleanup was a 13-Pocket Accordion Recept File, which I purchased from the Container Store during their Work Smart Office Sale (ends today, March 24!). I use this handy accordion file to corral our personal accessories receipts that I like to keep indefinitely. This includes anything from our golf clubs and guitars to my high end purses and jewelry. I think it’s important to keep those receipts on hand for insurance reasons and this accordion file helps keep small pieces of paper tucked away safely and in an orderly fashion.
I would be remiss if I did not mention by label maker. I actually have one on each level of my house, since I use them so frequently. The one I keep on the second floor in my office is the Brother PT-1290 labeler. I used clear 9 mm labels for the front of the cabinet and the regular black on white tape in the 9mm size for all of my folders. I love the P-Touch line by Brother and would definitely recommend it to anyone in the market for a good quality labeler. A word of warning – once you get a labeler, you’ll be labeling everything in sight!
I go over my entire filing system in detail in the video (shown below) if you’re interested in a closer look. Check back soon for the next video in my home office organization series: my desk!
*I am not affiliated with any of the brands mentioned in the video or this blog post. All opinions are my own.*