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HOW To Organize Your Files – Mission: Office - Organize With Sandy

HOW To Organize Your Files – Mission: Office - Organize With Sandy
February 15, 2011 by Sandy I did a post on organizing your files in a general sense. But I wanted to go a little deeper with you. I have had some people ask me specifics on how I set up my files. Files can be our Friends But for them to be our friends, they have to be organized well enough so that you can find what you are looking for. With that being said… there is no one way that is “the way” to organize your files. There are many recommended methods, but it all comes down to what works for the person who has to use the files… right? I am going to recommend to you what I do. Some people file Do you need to make labels from a label maker? I showed you what my files looked like before and after I reorganized them last month. This is how I organized them. Drawer 1: Family / Personal Files 6) Christmas – I keep a copy of addresses I use for cards each year. Drawer#2 – My Business Information I keep files for: Drawer #3 – My Kids Files This drawer is my files for my boys and myself. File Cabinet #2

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