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Filing: How I love thee, let me count the ways…

September 18, 2009

Filing: How I love thee, let me count the ways…

Well, as a new blogger, we may not know each other very well – but I’ve got a confession to make. I love filing! I am here today to declare my mission to make filing functional, fast and fashionable. That’s right – Functional, Fast and Fashionable! I love designing filing systems, I love shopping for that perfect filing cabinet, I even love file folders. Yes, file folders (I will write a whole other section on file folders one day soon and you will see why they are the best thing ever!). I’m having a love affair with filing, and I’m not at all afraid to admit it. In fact, I’m so enthralled with efficient, proper filing that I’ve made it my personal mission to get you excited about filing too!

It’s my job to be organized, and I truly love what I do. Just the fact that I can find anything in my office in 5 seconds (sometimes less!) is enough to get me fired up inside. Thankfully my sense of humour gives my obsession some perspective, but the task of locating something in my organized filing system isn’t a chore, it’s a pleasure.

Filing is a personal affair. With all of the cabinets, closets, and offices that I’ve organized, I have never created the same filing solution for any two people. Choosing the right system for your lifestyle, personality and living space is important. The way you organize your life is a statement of who you are and how you live.

I intend to use this blog as an (organized!) space for all things filing; recommendations, tips, great finds and the endless gushing of my passion. I hope that over time you’ll join in my excitement!

Tip # 1

Buying a filing cabinet: Make sure you buy a good, well made cabinet. It is a pet peeve of mine to find flimsy, non-weighted filing cabinets. Seriously. A cabinet that is not properly weighted will tip over and could really injure you. Also, make sure the drawers come out fully otherwise you will never be able to reach the files at the back, and when you do these cheap models hurt or graze you hands. Remember: a proper filing cabinet allows you quick and easy access so that you can keep on top of things. Not the other way round.

Favorite Find #1

Many clients feel the need to fit a bulky cabinet into their home – but seriously, are they not the most difficult item to blend into your home decor? It doesn’t have to be this difficult. Here’s one of my favorite filing cabinets which I discovered at Ikea.

IKEA - Effektiv
IKEA – Effektiv

Why I like this system: First off, these are properly weighted, very well designed and sturdy. They come in great colour and design combinations. And what I like most, on a purely fashionable-happening level, is that they do not look like traditional, industrial, steel filing cabinets. I have one in my kitchen and no one knows it’s a filing cabinet. I love that. Why filing cabinets have to look so dour is a mystery to me; there is absolutely no reason for it.

This is just the beginning of my love affair – I would love to hear about your filing journey, passions and problems. Leave me a comment and tell me your favourite filing stories – I know you’ve got them!

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