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IDEAS: Tips for Thinner Paper Files

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IDEAS: Tips for Thinner Paper Files

March 31,2019 Mary Lynne Murray 0 comments

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ORGANIZATION: Filing Tips: Spring is here. Are you ready for America’s favorite past time?

True, FILING will never be ranked with baseball and apple pie! In fact, most people avoid filing, and one reason is that they dislike the physical discomfort of jamming their hands into overstuffed file drawers.

Here’s the skinny on thinner files:

  • Unfold papers to minimize bulk.
  • Eliminate envelopes unless the postmark is significant.
  • Avoid using paper clips inside files. They add bulk and catch on other papers. Staple related papers. Keep a staple remover handy.
  • Thin it now. When you’re “in the neighborhood”—you have a file open—check for papers you can toss.
  • Allow about 3 inches of extra space in your file cabinet. This makes for easier filing and retrieval.
  • File most recent papers in the front of the file, making way for ease in tossing old papers.
  • Schedule a file clean out day.

Find more tips at Mary Lynne’s E-Tip Archive


Mary Lynne Murray has helped a myriad of Boomers, Seniors & Heirs with her professional organizing services. She is a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO), and has earned the CPO-CD® (Certified Professional Organizer in Chronic Disorganization) designation from the Institute for Challenging Disorganization. Call Mary Lynne today at 925-933-9737 to discuss how she can help you, or someone you love, get organized.