Archives for January 2014

How to Set Up A Paper Filing System {For People Who Don’t Like to File!}

How to Set Up A Paper Filing System {For People Who Don't Like to File!}

I love the idea of papers being super organized. 

I drool over pretty organizers and colorful boxes. I adore patterned binders and color coded files. I love stickers and labels. But, I have a problem that has plagued me forever.

I have a fear of filing papers — or at least a very strong aversion to it. I have tried to be an organized-filing-kind-of-person my whole life. I really want to be a filer. They seem like such ‘together’ people.  I like pretty things, so I always thought the solution to my paperwork problem must be to just get pretty files and notebooks.

But no, pretty boxes alone won’t make your papers organized. I know this now.

How to Set Up A Paper Filing System {For People Who Don't Like to File!}

file boxes or organizers in this post via See Jane Work {not affiliate links}

I have a couple of paper organizing plans that work pretty well for me, including my hallway magnetic board for urgent papers. I still love and use that board!

Nevertheless, there were still too many important papers I didn’t actually need immediately that were cluttering up the board.

I have an issue with “out of sight, out of mind.” I don’t like overstuffed file drawers. I don’t like paper cuts. So I don’t file.

Filing has always been my most dreaded organizing task. When I tried to follow other people’s instructions for how to set up a filing system, I got overwhelmed in the process. If you love to file, your brain must work differently than mine :-). Too many files and I shut down.

I should have just hired an office assistant who loves to file. Maybe I still will.

But meanwhile, I was determined to figure this out and conquer my problem once and for all.

Out of desperation and fear of being buried alive in paperwork, I finally sat down and mapped out my several file drawers in my office and designed easy filing systems I actually want to use!

Baby steps. That’s the key.

I think that is actually the secret to most successful routines I use at home for cleaning or organization. The more I simplify the process and take it just one step at a time, the more likely I am to actually keep up long term!

I’m SO excited to be conquering my fear of and aversion of filing once and for all. PRETTY boxes, notebooks and files are still essential to me since I’m all for creating a pretty ROOM, but the system inside has to be simple and practical.

How to Set Up A Paper Filing System {For People Who Don't Like to File!}

file boxes or organizers in this post via See Jane Work {not affiliate links}

Today at The Decluttered Home I’m sharing a first BABY STEP plan to paper organization and filing! Come find out how I set up the first drawer of my very simple file system for time sensitive papers AND tips for how to use it! If you too have an aversion to filing but want to start getting organized, this post just might help motivate you to get started! I’m pretty happy to finally have a plan that will work even for a file-challenged girl like me. I can’t to wait to share MORE of my new-found systems for organizing papers!

2014 Home Goals Worksheet {A Free Printable!}

2014 Home Goals Worksheet {A Free Printable!}


Hi, Lovelies! Hope you are having a wonderful week so far!

I know it’s almost the end of January already (heheheh, I lost a couple weeks there when I was napping my life away trying to get over the flu), but I  just realized I hadn’t posted the 2014 Home Goals printable yet! I shared this last year for 2013 and wanted to update it for you to use this year if you would like something to get you thinking or keep you focused!

It’s definitely not too late to get your home goals together and make a plan! I have shared a couple of my overall organizational plans for the year here on my 12 Months of Organizing post and my Organizing and Beautifying posts — those are definitely my goals and I’ll be sharing my progress along the way.

My mind has been swirling with all I want to do around the house, but at the same time I feel a sense of peace and calm about all I don’t NEED to do or plan for. It’s easy to get whipped up into the frenzy of projects we think we need to accomplish, or feel like such a slacker if we don’t do much compared to all the rockstar DIY bloggers. But, then again, WHY do we do that to ourselves?

I think there is a balance there where we do what enhances our home or life as we have time and can afford to make progress, but not obsess so much that we miss out on the whole reason for creating a home, which is to nurture and love the people who live and visit there.

I’m very much in the wanting to keep things simple mode! If the flu reminded me of anything it was how nice it can be to not do anything except curl up to enjoy time with my family on the couch watching Downton Abbey and Sherlock. We really look forward to our shows in the winter! :-)

2014 Home Goals Worksheet {A Free Printable!}

This week I’m scurrying about freshening up my family room a little (now that my Christmas decor is all put away) because I’m SO ready to see a little bit of spring and sunshine at my house! (Fortunately we are not getting the crazy snow so many of you are, though, so we have nothing crazy weather related to complain about here in Washington!).

I’ll get some pics of my progress and be back to show you how things are coming together. I also re-organized and set up a file drawer in my desk — YAY! I’m pretty excited to feel like I have more order in my life. I love my new system for monthly paperwork. I’ll be sharing that little project with you, too!

I hope this printable is helpful, just click to download here >>>Home Goals Printable Worksheet from The Inspired Room<<< to save & print the PDF, or pin the image of the printable to save for later!

Do you have goals for home projects this year?