What paperwork of yours is tucked away that needs to be filed? Where is it? Stacked in a drawer, sitting in a pile or in a box? Let’s get organized together!
Think through what needs to be filed: insurance papers, car information, tax returns, expenses, manuals, bank statements, business papers, etc. After 14 years as head of a household, I had all the above and then some! Plus I moved the same old stuff 3 times. My son seems to be a paperwork hoarder on top of it. Organize ALL of it!
Anyone who knows me knows “I do pretty”, which means it doesn’t matter what I am doing – even organizing – I want it to look nice.
So that’s where I started. Pretty folders make a tough job easier and a label maker is a MUST to really be organized!
Organize your Documents
Then (the best part) while watching TV, gather and organize important paperwork and put it in those folders. Add labels. My label maker even had a setting to add flowers around the text. Nice.
Whatever is leftover that has your personal information shred it! 10 years of tax returns just got shredded while I watched TV 🙂 You must protect your information and identity.
Create a Hanging File Drawer
That leads me to my office drawers. Do you have deep office drawers that house junk? Me too! Or maybe you are lucky and have another filing system and your files are now hanging and organized. Good job!
If not, for under $10 I’ve found a DIY solution to turn deep drawers into hanging filing drawers. In just 30 minutes the drawer will be more useful and keep you organized.
What You Will Need
Here is what you need to get started. Through a wood working website I found an easy to install hanging kit that is linked below.
Please make sure you have 4 ea. 1/2 inch wood screws as they don’t come with the kit. They are linked as well.
My drawers are pretty standard in size (they are considered file drawers in the cabinet world). You need to have 1” clearance between the top of the drawer and the frame of the cabinet, in order to hang filing folders with tabbed folders inside them. My drawer measurements:
9 ½” Wide x 14 ½” High x 9 ½” Deep
Just follow the instructions that come with the rails. They are clear and easy to follow. All you drill are 4 holes for the the front and back rails.
Make sure to leave enough clearance to close the drawer with the folders. Most importantly make sure the holes you mark and therefore the rails are LEVEL. The cross and side rails just clip into to place.
Love the knobs? They are from Amerock, come in multiple sizes, and finishes: Esquire
The hardest part: you have to cut the side rails to fit your drawers. DO NOT BE SCARED OF THIS! That is what the miter box/saw is used for and is a simple tool.
Just measure and place the box against the edge of a table. On the yellow box there is a guide in the middle that will make sure you cut straight.
It took me under 5 minutes to cut the rails. They are thin, but if you have trouble cutting all the way through flip them over and start cutting again.
An Organized Drawer of Hanging Files
Voila! Organized files, labeled, in folders and in a drawer that hangs files.
Now it is time to get your organization project started. Good luck!