Open your file cabinet and look at the hanging file folders. Do you use the hanging file folders as your folder to store papers? Does this work for you? (Usually, the hanging file folder holds the loose file folders that can be removed without disturbing the hanging folder … this can make it easier to return folders to the proper place.)
Are your hanging file folders labeled? (Don’t worry about the file folders, you’ll look at them tomorrow.) Do they cover a topic that can be broken down into smaller topics? (For example, Insurance can be broken down into Health, Car, House. Utilities can be broken down into Gas, Electric, Cable, etc.) Big topics for the hanging file folders with the loose folders being devoted to the subtopics.
If you don’t have hanging file folders, just a drawer full of file folders, no problem if this works for you.
Susan Caplan McCarthy
I'm Susan, a writer and teacher developing a second career as a Decluttering Coach.