{the weekend organizer} creating simplified + organized personal reference files


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135 responses

  1. Great post on organizing the files! I realize how many things I am NOT filing (like my marriage certificate is buried somewhere with my passport) This is a great tool to get organized.

    You mentioned an upcoming post on the Active temporary files. Did I miss seeing that in your blog index? I would be very curious to read what you do with these pages

    • Hey Michelle!
      I am actually working to get a post on temporary files out in the coming weeks. I’m happy to hear you enjoyed the post!
      Thanks for taking the time to read my post and to leave a comment. I really appreciate it!
      Leah :-)

  2. THANKS for making this visual AND providing such detailed step-by-step directions for achieving a system of keeping track of paper in a way that will actually work in my household!

    • You’re so welcome, Robin! I really appreciate your feedback and I’m happy to hear you enjoyed the post!
      Have a wonderful day!
      Leah :-)

  3. Thank you for all of these great ideas. Paper is always hounding me, but now I am motivated by utilizing of all of your great tips.

    • You’re so welcome, Carmen! Thanks for stopping by! I am so glad you found the post helpful.
      I hope you’re having a wonderful week!
      Leah :-)

  4. Love your system – it is very user friendly – requires no special materials and although I am set up the same way, I still learned specific details I can include. I LOVE THAT YOU DID NOT USE LABELS. Yes, they look great, but take so much more time.

    • Hi Denise! Thanks so much for your comment! So true about the labels. That was totally the reason i just wrote them. I get so frustrated with the Avery Wizard and templates…it really feels like I waste more time trying to figure it out than actually getting the project done. I should also mention that I don’t have much patience ;)
      I’m happy to hear you found the post helpful and user-friendly! So great!
      Leah :-)

  5. Hello Leah found you on Pintrest through my daughter, I will be trying this method to get better organized. I already have the folders and a filing cabinet!

  6. Hi Leah,

    You just decluttered my mind for me. I been trying to get my filing cupboard organized for about 2yrs, i feel so excited now, you have sorted it for me. Can’t wait to get it done.

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  8. just found this on Pinterest…. all I have to say is your unreal :)
    Thank you sooooo much!!

    • Thanks for stopping by, Dana! I’m so excited to hear you’ve found the post helpful!
      Have a WONDERFUL day!!!
      Leah :-)

  9. Hi Leah,

    Normally I don’t comment on blogs, but felt the need to say thank you for this. I was just going through my files yesterday and they are a complete mess, looking at them was truly overwhelming. Your clear instructions have left me less overwhelmed and I think I’m going to try and tackle this over the weekend. Thanks for the “kick” in the right direction :-)

    • Well thank you so much for stopping by Cheryl! I really appreciate your comment. I hope you find the post to be a good guide for you to tackle this project! You can do it!!! And, you’ll be so relieved when it’s done
      Leah :-)

  10. This might be the world’s dumbest question, but it looks like the folders you linked to all have their tabs in the same location (“right of center”), but in your photos, the tabs are staggered (some left, some center, some right) so it’s easier to see. Did you buy three $30 packs of folders, or do they actually come cut differently even though the description says they are all the same? Sorry if the answer to this is completely obvious and I’m just missing something– I just adore this system and want to tackle my files and organize them similarly, but don’t think I want to spend close to $100 to do so!

    • Hi Liz!
      The ones I got are definitely staggered. I’ll check that link again. In the meantime, do a search at amazon for the craft tab folders and see if they list any with varied tab locations.
      Thanks for the comment!
      Leah :-)

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  12. Staples has a Martha Stewart organization section that has color coded file folder labels that made it easy for me to section the categories. You helped me figure out what categories I would need though, thanks, very helpful.

  13. Great System! This has definitely helped me figure out how I want to organize my own files. I love that you have your files in a bin. I’ve been wanting to organize my files in something other than my desk or a file cabinet. In case of an emergency (hurricane, flood, etc.), I want to be able to grab something, throw it in the car, and go.

  14. Thanks so much for the helpful information. My boyfriend and I are in the process of moving in together and I was looking for a way to organize all of our paperwork, student loans, documents etc and your website definitely gave me a place to start. Let the organizing begin!


  15. Thank you for sharing your gift of organizing! I’ve become very excited about creating organized spaces. I just finish my first project. I organized my bills and important home documents. This came after I almost lost my mind looking for an important document. I swear after finding it I’ll never let that happened again. I found you on Pinterest. Thanks once again.

    A Happy Organizer.

    • Hi Rosie! Thanks so much for your comment. So happy to hear you’re enjoying organizing!
      I hope you visit again soon.
      Leah :-)

  16. I bought a really decent (as in “almost” top-of-the-line) scanner and am going to “go digital” with as much paper in my file cabinet as I can. Do you think that might help? I do believe I will still need basic files such as identification documents and current monetary (insurance, bank, credit cards) and health (us and dog) information. Am I missing anything that’s not so obvious?

  17. I cannot believe I am commenting on this. However I’ve been up since 3 am trying to get my “stuff” organized . I am 70 yrs old and realized I didn’t even know how to put my life into catagories!!!! this is my first real desk and I bought folders to organize my file drawer. I don’t like computers but as I sat here trying to figure things out I decided to see if I could actually get this thing to work for me—-and I found you. “By George” I think I may have gotten it!!!!!! Thank you, kay

    • Thank you so much for your comment, Kay! I was excited to hear you found the post helpful. Best wishes with your organizing endeavors!
      Come back soon!
      Leah :-)

  18. I never ever comment on things I try from Pinterest, but I had to make an exception for this page.
    I’ve kept all my bills/ statements/ important papers in one big bin labeled “paper” for the last 4 years. When I couldn’t shut it anymore because it was so full, I figured my “good organization” system wasn’t as good as I though. When I came across this page pinned on Pinterest, I figured I’d try it out before I moved to a new apartment ( my 6th in the last 5 years). I sat down today, sorted through my stuff, threw away a huge bag full of old papers and garbage, and bought all the materials from Walmart. I just finished with my bin and I’m SO thankful to you for helping me go from 3 unorganized and, in-effect useless, bins to one beautiful color-coded reference bin. I’m reading all your other tips to downsize, reorganize, and reevaluate the stuff in my life. Thankyou soooo much for such a user friendly demo!

    • Hi Jaclynn! I’m so happy to hear you’ve found the post helpful and I really appreciate your comment. I hope you continue to enjoy the blog.
      Have a FABULOUS weekend! Stop by again soon!
      Leah :-)

  19. I am working on a special project for veterans and their families to get personal documents organized. My target is probably a more senior group. During an emergency is not the time to look for critical documents, and with some discipline the important “stuff” can readily be at hand.

    Since my focus is military and veteran, having the veteran’s discharge on hand is essential. You can go online and get the request for military service documents. Plan ahead, as it will take several weeks to get the documents.

    Best wishes to all organizers and my tip is to persevere with your project. Set aside a specific time each week to keep everything filed.

    • Thanks so much for stopping by to share your thoughts, Peggy! I really appreciate it. I am happy to hear you enjoyed the post.
      Have a wonderful week!
      Leah :-)

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  21. I just wanted to share my organization tip on how I organize my children’s medical records.(Their files are very extensive). I took the added expense of ordering their medical records from their doctors (One child’s records cost a whopping $60 to get) and scanned them all into the computer and copied them into flash drives for each child. I then took the hard copies and put the in a 2 inch binder for each child with sheet protectors. Now i can just grab the binder and bring to the appointments. Also comes in handy that I live in a hurricane zone so I always have their records if we have to evacuate and see a doctor that isn’t familiar with their medical histories. It’s a LOT of work and took some cash but makes things so much easier.

    • Chasity: Have you considered a ‘cloud’. I purchased a 3TB one at Costco, a warehouse store, for $129.00 which has the cloud also. I lived in a hurricane area also for 12 yrs. and whew! keeping documents, especially family history was a lot of work! In the event of evacuation, or even travel, we only took the digital files or accessed via the cloud. Most doctors will now email the records so that you have them digitally and can print them out as needed, and keep stored on external thumb drives, micro sd cards, the size of your little fingernail (64GB+ now) , which can be used in most smart phones, tablets, etc. or on any computer using a $10.00 or under card reader. Hope this helps.

  22. I love, love, love this! I am hopelessly unorganized in my filing system. My important papers are shoved in the file cabinet, haphazardly! I see a new day dawning in my organizational world! Thanks

    • Awesome Debbie! Thank you for stopping by to share your thoughts. I am happy to hear you enjoyed the post.
      Have a wonderful week!
      Leah :-)

  23. SHREDDING: Most banks and credit unions will shred your old checks, statements, and any documents with identifications on them. I have been purging files for several months and I take about 20 lbs, Two large grocery bags in to the bank at a time. They have giant shredders and want their customers not to be victims of Identity theft. I found out about this service AFTER I had some identity theft and the bank officer told me. The bank I use the most for shredding is Wells Fargo. I have shared this with others and they too have used it.
    Also, many of the Mail Service stores and UPS retail stores have a shredding service which can be very reasonable if time and effort is a consideration.

    Thanks for your information.


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