Sunday, January 4, 2015

Organizing 4-Drawer File Cabinet & Categories List

I bought our 4-drawer filing cabinet last year but after all my health issues, I never got around to consolidating all of our papers into this one cabinet.....until this past week!  It took a lot of work and a few days but I got it done and it feels so good to have a place for just about every paper that we could own.  I don't think I've been this organized with papers ever in my life.  We have had file boxes before but it wasn't organized like this.  I had piles and boxes and bins of papers all over the house and I was tired of that, even though some were organized, I wanted them all in ONE place and that is what I have now.

So without further adieu.......


I divided the drawers into 4 categories - Home, School, Important Papers and Manuals & Records

Here is the first drawer - Home



2nd drawer - School (Homeschool)




3rd drawer - Important Papers

4th drawer - Manuals & Records




Here is a list of the categories I used for each drawer, which is what took a long time to come up with!  I left some extra folders for additions later on.  I also didn't share 2 of the categories because they were companies that were personal for insurance and things like that.

File Folder Categories

Home
Budget
Weekly Sales
Tasks
Meal Planning
Coupons
Pregnancy
Receipts
Holidays
Printables
Inventory
Address Labels
Health
Articles
Wall Art
Bible
Katie
Zach
Baby
Fitness & Nutrition
Keepsakes

School
Schedules
Goals & Plans
Book Lists
Curriculum
Projects
Seasonal - with 4 season sub-folders
Printables
Articles
Assessments
Laws & Records
Preschool
Bible, Math, Writing, Spelling, Grammar, Foreign Language, Science, History, Music, Logic, Art
Teacher Training

Important Papers
Current Medical Bills
Current Year HSA
Insurance
Utilies
Company Benefits
Pay Stubs
Bank
Retirement
Auto
Rental
Social Security
Moving
Credit Reports
Important Documents
Taxes
Music
HSA Past Years
Medical Bills (Past)

Manuals & Records
Toys & Baby
Electronics
Appliances
Office
Misc. Household
Furniture
Computer
Bev
Husband
Medical Records

You may be wondering about some categories and what they mean, so I will explain a few and ask if you are wondering about any of the others.  The articles categories are for things I find in magazines or online and I want to save them.  The printables categories are for printables I find online usually, things like planner pages, calendars, etc.  The manuals are instruction manuals or warranties for whatever we own and I divided them up into 7 categories based on what we had.  The school subject categories are just for things I print out or find that I think would be used or referred to - these are not folders to store completed work, I keep those in binders in a closet.

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2 comments:

tealady said...

WOW now that is organized.Love the idea's that I will be using, also I use the colored system also. If you ever find yourself with nothing to do come on over. Well maybe not you would to come to Wisconsin.LOL

Christian Homekeeper said...

Thanks tealady! I would love to meet you but I'm not sure I will ever visit Wisconsin but you never know! ;-)

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