F is for Filing Cabinet: Organizing with File Folders

By Denise Reashore

Purchased a new filing cabinet or does the old one look like a bomb went off? Has it become a free for all storage area or an unorganized “organized” mess? Why not rearrange, clean out or organize it to suit your writing needs?

Even if the only available space is one drawer, try colour coordinating your writing files:

  • Designate one colour (ie. red) to the business of writing: Business cards; Mailing address labels; Biography; Resume; Union dues; Expenses; Income tax claims
  • Choose another colour, like black, to hold copies of templates found in writing books and from courses but make sure to keep your original copy
  • Pick a bright or neon colour to identify your present writing: Works in Progress
  • A paler coordinating colour could be used to file away work once it has been sent to publishers: Works Sent
  • Keep a file for works published on the internet: Blog; Website; Facebook, etc

….and don`t forget to create a file for SOLD items!

Just by reshuffling some items or setting up a filing system befitting a writing life, you will begin to feel like the organized writers you enviously read about in the writing magazines.

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About Denise Reashore

Denise M. Reashore spends most of her free time reading, writing, and gardening - - or staring out the window at the brightness of a new day and dreaming of digging in the earth. Throughout the winter, precious free time goes into mapping and planning her future garden and, hopefully, writing and reading retreat. The rest of the time, from September to June, she spends working as an elementary school teacher. She lives on almost 3 acres, in an old Victorian style home, with her husband, two lovely daughters, and a cat.

16 responses to “F is for Filing Cabinet: Organizing with File Folders

  1. Hunter

    Reblogged this on Hunter's Writing and commented:
    Denise shares some organization approaches for writers in this A to Z series.


  2. Ahhhhh organisation! I had some once but now I have reached critical mass for the space available. I’m trying to fit library/writing/artwork into a liveable spare bedroom. I think I need to get rid of the bed!


  3. I don’t even have a file box for my writing stuff, my file cabinet is filled with bills. I should get on that 🙂


    • So was mine (and junk I didn’t need). I spent January shredding, sorting and organizing. After feeling overwhelmed, with all the “stuff” I had collected and couldn’t find, I tried to come up with a way to sort it and cleaned out one drawer for writing. This has worked so far.


  4. I think my file cabinet has spiders in it. I am so lazy when it comes to file documents.


  5. Wow that’s hyper organisation! You would hat my house! lol


  6. This totally made me remember when I redid one of the guys filing when I worked for an Oil & Gas company. I think that was the hardest I worked there. And I wonder how long he kept it up…if he did.

    Riann Colton


    • That is the key, isn’t it? (Maintaining it once it has been organized) At least now I can find some of the things I have written and my traveling portfolio can carry one or two things I am working on because they are easy to switch out now that I know where to find them.


  7. I like the idea of being organised. I try to be organised. I plan to be organised. Something goes wrong along that path. I do have a lot of storage, but fail to utilise it properly. Must do better 🙂


  8. jsschley

    I am loving your A-Z! It seems like we’re of like minds about the joys of organization. Glad to have found you through this blogfest.


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