As my family well knows, I am into reinventing my organizing system every couple of weeks or so. Some new idea strikes me in the middle of the night and then I wake up early excited to try my new idea.
My desk has been driving me nuts due to large piles of papers accumulating. Here’s how it looked a couple of weeks ago, as you may recognize if you read that particular blog:
This is what it looks like now:
Believe it or not, it has pretty much stayed this neat for the past week! Even in the midst of a major project.
If you have read my book I’m Not Neat But I’m Organized, you might be familiar with the different styles of organization. I am a Bower Bird, through and through, a highly forgetful person who needs things out in sight to remember to do them. This is why piles on my desk have been such a regular thing, because if I put things away, I forget to them!
But here’s the new system. Poking around my office supply stash, I found some really nice slash pockets where I can put in my mini piles of things to do:
I have one folder for all the bills, and another folder for a paper I’m working on, etc. The nice thing about the slash pockets is:
- The papers don’t fall out the side or bottom, such as when a file folder is used
- When I put the folders in a magazine file, I don’t have to take it out to stuff another receipt or paper in
- I can lift out the entire folder when I am working on that particular project
- I can put the folder back in the magazine file if I don’t finish, keeping my desk clear.
The folders all fit in the magazine file nicely. I write a little note on my weekly planner book as to when I will work on the project so I don’t forget (or post it on my master catch-all list on gubb.net).
Unfortunately it appears that these pockets are not sold any more, but I also have a stash of paper slash pockets that will work just as well. There is another version of plastic pockets available at Office Depot.