HOW TO: File Cabinet Organizing
ORGANIZING is a living, breathing and ever-changing activity. It requires maintenance and care. It is not a one-shot, one-off, do it once and it’s done kind of thing. If we don’t stay with it, falling behind puts us on a disaster course, things slip away and the frustration kicks in and controls the way we feel. We cannot afford to be stuck!
THE PROBLEM: Lack of space is the dilemma. We’ve run out of desk surface, drawers, etc. and our file cabinets are overflowing. If there is no place to go, there is no way we can grow. Like a potted plant, it will only grow as big as the roots can go. After that, it’s stuck. Expanding our lives in business or personally REQUIRES and DEMANDS respect and attention. All actions are born through thought. Evaluating and re-evaluating get results.
1) PURGE ON A REGULAR BASIS: Your key to peace of mind and a must ingredient for acquiring good habits – this will increase your efficiency.
2) GET A SOLID FILE CABINET: Spend a little more than you might want to and get a well-built, solid unit. Find one that has inner-locking drawers. File cabinets come in several different depths, so consider your space when buying one. Standard depths are 22, 25, 26½, and 28 inches.
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Give yourself 15 minutes to follow this time management / de-cluttering tip and you’ll soon feel a peaceful difference. Just remember, the aim is progress, not perfection. If you envision your life clutter-free, it will become a reality. Take a minute, close your eyes, and relax. Think about your space and how you’d like it to look: colors, textures, scents, style. Envision an abundant and simplified life, then set aside time for the following: 1) Five minutes to open mail. Scan and decide to either a) take action, b) file it or c) shred and recycle. If you don’t have files, make them now. Don’t put papers back into envelopes. 2) Five minutes to organize your clothes. Hang, fold, ‘hamperize’ and put them away. 3) Five minutes for pile maintenance: It doesn’t matter how big the piles of clutter are, just take on one paper at a time off the top of the pile and deal with what you can for five minutes. Just start somewhere. The fact that you’re doing this will evoke confidence and satisfaction. Organizing generates life balance. Balance generates open-mindedness. Open-mindedness creates space in our heads and hearts. Space makes room for new ideas and experiences to enter our lives. Managing your time for peace of mind is what this organizer wishes for you.