Monday, October 17, 2011

Winning the Battle With My Paper Piles


When I talked to Pauline about writing this article for House of Fifty, I was also looking for personal advice!


Yes, my piles had gotten out of control.


But with all the newly acquired filing space brought into the bonus room through these cabinets,
I was ready to tackle the disaster.


What a laborious job, thankfully it was a team effort...


...with rewards! I discovered a lost gift card to JCrew. Good grief, this job even paid!


And after a couple sessions...


...everything had been sorted, labeled and filed. Who knew a filing job could be so satisfying! 
A couple drawers for the household, one each for Isabella & Max, a few for business and even a spare!


And the bonus? 

Newly freed up space that can house design supplies, 
items that are currently making the master walk-in closet nearly inaccessible. 

Oh, organizational happiness.

33 comments :

  1. I love to organize. Is that weird?! Again, love those filing cabinets!

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  2. What a thrill to see the empty closet! I am serious; it was really exhilarating! And yes, I am using words usually reserved for roller coasters. That's how I feel. ;) Have a great week, Janell!

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  3. I love organizing and I love when it gives you new found space. I have to go through my paper piles again...soon. You have inspired me to make that happen sooner than later. Love seeing the empty closet.

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  4. Oh my, I definitely need to do this too! Adding this to my long to do list...

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  5. ok, finding lost gift cards definitely makes it worthwhile! your messy closet is what my desk is looking like in my studio - except it's not my paperwork, it's my guy's stuff. I'm waiting impatiently for him to get his off-site office so I can reclaim my space!

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  6. I'll be doing this myself, Janell, as we are just now setting up our home office. Trying to decide if we need an actual cabinet or if the portable filing pieces I have will work. After moving {and having to shred years and years of papers} I am determined to only hold onto that paperwork that I really need to.

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  7. Oh how I can relate!!!!!! I have papers everywhere, somehow there IS a method to my madness but its a littel of control on this end too. BEST feeling is getting it all under control and organizing, throwing away ( while you wonder what the heck you were keeping all that junk for anyway) I do plan on doing some heavy duty organizing when we move, am actually starting in very small doses now. Good post and I know that feeling well about how wonderful it feels for everything to have a place!

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  8. An organized space is completely underrated. It saves so much time to have everything organized, doesn't it?

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  9. Oh Boy! Do we need to do this in our office. Maybe I can bribe my hubs to get involved & help me.

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  10. I am a paper piler from way back. I found that I would even just jam everything into one file in the cabinet. My husband likes file cabinets, but I found that I like my new system of binders. Getting used to a system that works for you makes all the difference in the world.

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  11. Paper is the bane of my existence! It's almost end of year, and I have to go through it all and make sure it's all on Quick Books....hate this part of my job!! Congrats on a clean and organized space and a gift card to boot!!

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  12. Seeing how organized you are makes me want to help my husband organize his messy paper work, too!

    You did a great job, Janell and congrats on the gift card!

    Jessie
    www.mixandchic.com

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  13. Isn't it so therapeutic when everything is in it's place and accessible and labelled? Particularly paperwork. Wonderful!

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  14. You did a great job! And an empty drawer is a fabulous thing...

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  15. Isn't it AMAZING how organizing can clear up your home and your head?? Tackling paper files is HUGE - congrats on checking that one off your to-do list!

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  16. Good job! Doesn't it feel great to have it all done? I need to get started on a few piles I have that are getting higher and higher!

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  17. I love organizing, there is always a major sense of satisfaction when you are done.

    And who doesnt love an entire extra closet!! (And giftcards! Awesome!)

    Have a great day!

    http://laurensweetnothings.blogspot.com/

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  18. Nicely done. I would have gotten sidetracked by the gift card and gone shopping.

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  19. I love a good paper purge. It feels so great when you're all done and 'cleansed' =)

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  20. Paper clutter is the worst! I always feel so good after getting it all organized or better yet, tossing what I don't need. I find that after I've filed things away, maybe a year later if I've never needed it again, I can toss it without regret. p.s. isn't it great to find "lost" money or gift certificates?!

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  21. Very voyeuristic of me but I LOVE it when people show real life 'befores' of messy spaces! Especially super stylish people! I hate paper piles. I have them and I hate them. I am always looking for ways of stopping paper from coming in the house. I just had one good purge and another purge is needed. Your lovely clear cupboard is just the motivation I need!

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  22. This has been on my list of things to do for so long now. I need to just force myself to sit down and go through all my piles, thanks for the motivation! Hopefully I will find a JCrew card in my piles too, fingers crossed.

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  23. Organizing just feels so good! I finally got a paper shredder and have been sorting my files too! Thanks for the motivation to keep going!

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  24. Oh happy day! So satisfying to get all of that organized. Makes me giddy! And amazing to free up that closet space. Nice that you can reward yourself with a little number from J Crew.

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  25. Great job!! You've made me rethink filing cabinets in a positive way. :)

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  26. Thanks Emily, and EVENTUALLY the tops of these cabinets will be covered with a "countertop" creating a nicely finished look. Ikea is currently out of the butcher block I had my eye on, so looking at other options while I wait! :)

    Janell

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  27. Oh, for me it's the getting started...feeling inspired now!!

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  28. Ha, yes! I only looked at this pile as it grew for a year before I couldn't take it any longer! (And a few frustrating occasions when I couldn't find a needed piece of paper!) Janell

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  29. Oh dear! I need a someone to organize me. This does not come natural. Your office looks great. The trick is to keep it up!

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  30. When I saw your first shot of the paper closet, I admit, it made me feel better to know that I am in good company. It's easy to forget in Blogland that not every space is perfect!

    Congrats on a job well done,a little reward to indulge and extra space to boot!

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  31. OH Janell....I so wish someone would come do that at my house.....I would have to really celebrate getting all of that done for sure :)

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  32. Being organized feels so good! The file cabinets work perfectly and look great in the space!

    Tiffany {Living Savvy}

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  33. Looks fabulous! I need to get a hold on my filing as well... this is definitely inspiration!

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