Our friend, Taylor Tait, is a professional organizer and has given us several tips over the years on getting our lives in order. As the mother of 3 growing boys, Taylor enjoys using her organizing, management, and problem-solving skills to effectively help her clients simplify and organize their families, households, and small businesses. Taylor recently introduced us to NAPO, as in the National Organization of Professional Organizers; we had no clue an organization like this existed and were happy to scour the website for some tips. Here are NAPOs three tips on conquering your files:
- Create a filing system for your electronic documents that mirrors the one you have for paper. Sort, file, and purge electronic information regularly.
- Keep a file index (a master list of file names). Check the index before creating a new file to avoid making duplicates. Also use it when deciding where to put new documents.
- Keep the most recent papers in the front of the file. Whenever you open it, the current information will be on top.
P.S. – Go one step further and scan your documents to file them virtually. It’s important to have a scanner that will upload your documents clearly and quickly. We love our Fujitsu ScanSnap that can scan multiple files at once.