Those of us who have been home-based for six months or longer, know the value of a filing system. In fact, when a person sets up a business, this should be one of the legal requirements. Okay, not really, but it is or will be a vital part of your own communications system.
A variety of ways exist to file correspondence, documents, articles and other important papers that we may (or may not) refer to again. Being traditional, I chose to use an alphabetical, rather than numerical, system. And as soon as I made that decision, I was faced with a few more (self-generated) problems and questions:
Should I use hanging files, or regular?
Or mix them -a hanging file as a main subject with a file inside?
Should I use one color, a variety, or straight manila? Yeesh!
Finally, I decided on manila and no color coding (yet).
This issue settled, I gave myself another dilemma: straight cut no tabs, 1/5 cut or 1/3 cut?
Then there were labels to consider: color coded? white? typed? hand written? Or just not use a label and write on the file tab?
How could something actually so simple be turned into such a problem? Well, as all situations seem to do, this one worked itself out. So obvious a solution, it was easy to overlook.
Since Ive been through the label-a-file-in-alphabetical-order-and-have-a-new-one- come-in-and-mess-it-all -up way, i.e.: aa, ab, ac, ba, bb, bc, only to have ad come along...I decided on 1/3 cut, alphabetical, and set it up like this:
A B C
D E F
G H I
J K L
M Misc N
R S T
U V W
X Y Z
With Misc. I have 27 file sections. In each section, files are alphabetized. If I need a copy of a letter to city hall, I go to the right tabbed files and locate it easily.
So simple. Really. Now I just have to keep misc. under control!
Contributed by Ronda Claire of Claire Ideas. Call Ronda at 815-735-5249 or email her at ClaireIdeas@mailcity.com.