Paper Filing

by Karen Bates
(last updated September 10, 2015)

1

Piles of documents, papers, and other files are a common sight in many working environments. It can become an easy solution to simply place papers on top of a pile if you aren't sure what to do with them, or if you just don't have time to deal with them at the moment. Unfortunately, this is not only an unsightly way to store you papers, but it can also cause problems when you are unable to find a specific important document because it is buried in a pile on your desk.

Even if you don't see these growing piles as an issue, you may still want to consider how much time and effort you could save if you were to implement a system of organization to keep things in order. This is where paper filing would become an ideal solution. By properly filing your documents, you can avoid ugly piles of disorganized papers as well as eliminate the problem of lost documents. If you take a few minutes using a few simple supplies, you can conquer your clutter problem and create a clean, organized workspace.

To tame piles of disorganized paper, you will need to start by breaking the stack into smaller sections. Begin by deciding which documents are actually junk, and put them in their own pile. Believe it or not, the odds are good that you have garbage in your pile and you didn't even realize it. Set paper into other sections of your choosing. These may relate to importance (very important, may be useful, interesting, etc.) or to the contents of the document (bills, articles, etc.). Place these in neat piles and prepare to file them into folders.

When you feel that your documents have been sufficiently divided into categories, place your papers into file folders. Label these folders clearly to let you know what is contained in each so that you can find your papers again wit ease. You can then place your files neatly on a shelf, in a box, or better yet, in a filing cabinet for storage.

Keep up your filing by making it a habit. Instead of allowing papers to be stacked on your desk, file them as soon as possible to prevent future build-up. By preventing piles of paper, you can keep your work area neat and organized and maintain a filing system that allows you to find exactly what you need easily.

Author Bio

Karen Bates

An English student who enjoys writing and art, Karen has had her poetry published in her university's literary journal and has several novels in the works. ...

MORE FROM KAREN

Body Soaps

Do you know what kind of body soap works best with your skin? Take your skin type into consideration when deciding on which ...

Discover More

Making Your Own Slip Covers

If you are looking for a change in decorating, consider making slip covers for your furniture. This will allow you to get a ...

Discover More

Self Cleaning Cat Litter

Are you tired of cleaning the cat litter box? Some litter box set-ups self-clean the litter so you don't have to worry.

Discover More

MAX Power! A powerful lithium-ion drill/driver that delivers 0-to-650 RPM and 115 inches-per-pound of torque in a lightweight, easy-to-use package. An anti-slip soft grip and LED worklight makes this tool a delight to use. Check out Black & Decker 20-Volt Cordless Drill/Driver today!

More Organizing Tips

Organizing Documents

Like cats and small children, documents seem to have the ability to take up more space than is physically possible. Without ...

Discover More

Filing Information

Bills, important documents, and other information has a tendency to pile up. Conquer this paper clutter by implementing a ...

Discover More

Being Organized for Tax Time

Tax time is a stressful time for everyone. Make it a little bit less stressful by getting organized now, so when that April ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Receive an e-mail several times each week with a featured organizational tip. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is 8 - 3?

2012-01-01 00:33:42

Patricia

What about those papers that don't really fit in anyplace? I have numerous "Various" file folders but they just seem to create more mess and I tend to forget about them and create more--like a vicious cycle...help!


Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Receive an e-mail several times each week with a featured organizational tip. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)