I recently came across a 3 part series of posts on SparkPlugging about organizing your office paperwork. These are guest posts by Brandie Kajino of the Organize. Simplify. Transform Blog, and I am so thankful for them!
A small quote from the introductory post…
First, let’s talk about what “organized” means. Do you hate to file? Me too! So, first of all I’m going to put holes in an widely held organizing misconception: “Organized” does NOT mean perfectly labeled, color coded files, obsessively cleared desktops, or even neatness for that matter! (I’ll pause a moment so you can catch your breath.)
So, if “organized” doesn’t mean your space looks like a magazine layout, what does it mean? It simply means you can find what you need in less than 5 minutes. How cool is that? Freeing, right?
The articles discuss such a simple method for accomplishing this! In short, separate your documents into 3 separately marked bins:
I did this last weekend and what a difference it has made! Now of course, I do have a filing cabinet w/ folders – and I most definitely do need (and want) to file the reference papers properly… However, it’s so much nicer to have the 3 separate categories of paperwork. This way I know when I’m looking for something that it is in one of 3 bins, as opposed to searching through all the junk on my desk, or a big box with all of the papers jumbled together.
As the article says, I’ve been able to find all sorts of things in less than 5 minutes, which previously could have easily taken 15 minutes or more to find a particular paper. Now, I’ve got a LONG way to go still to having a truly organized office, but this little change has made a huge impact.
Please give the articles a read – you might find how freeing it is for yourself, too!
- Organize Your Home Office Paper: A Crash Course, Part 1
- Organize Your Home Office Paper: A Crash Course, Part 2
- Organize Your Home Office Paper: A Crash Course, Part 3
Do you have any additional home office organization tips or tricks? Please share your tips and tricks with us – I for one know I can use all the help I can get, LOL.