My favorite Paper organizing tools

My favorite Paper organizing tools

In our current day and age, where there’s so much information in digital format.  It’s easy to forget or get confused about what to do with the paper we still get, have, and want to keep.  Going to a paperless system is great and I love helping people make that happen. And it’s best done slowly over time.  So, while you may get many things onto a computer or the cloud, there’s still paper.

If you’re like me and you like to write down things that you’re learning or processing versus typing them. You’re going to end up with paper and notebooks. So you’re left with the questions: How do you store your papers? Keep them accessible? And not lose track of them?

Here are my favorite paper organizing tools to help you store, access and keep up with your papers:

  • Open top/ desktop file boxes– small ones- for the active files/ papers/ projects in your life- the ones you need to access daily and weekly
  • Box bottom files– usually for long term/ archival storage- they allow you to hold lots more in a hanging file with out “groundhoggin”
  • Magazine holders– great for reference material- can be labelled and grouped by type or topic
  • Scansnap scanner– the best desktop scanner for the slow process of going paperless
  • Moleskin notebooks– fabulous for those note takers and paper lovers out there- They come in a variety of sizes and colors, plus you can easily scan your writing to save digitally.
  • Evernote– great digital note and scan storage for easy access later- can be used as a digital filing cabinet
  • Scannable– a great phone app for scanning. It can create Jpegs or PDFs.
  • Binder clips– to hold large stacks of paper together that aren’t in a file
  • Open shelves- for out of sight, out of mind people- they offer way to keep current projects organized and visible.
  • Stackable trays– when used selectively, with a purpose, for active or often referenced material or even printing paper, scratch paper and stationary.