Summer is speeding to a close. I am quite happy to say that my summer decluttering project is nearly finished as well. I've decided to try using baskets to manage my papers for the week:
I've tried Bring Forward Files however, "out of sight, out of mind" happens all too easily. I've also tried weekly hanging folders. I broke a set of hanging folders because I stuffed it too much.
That brings us to the baskets. They're not that big, so I need to be vigilant to prevent spillage. They do hold more than a file folder, so that's good.
Let me translate and explain the labeling (they're in Japanese):
- きょう ("Kyou"): Today
- あした ("Ashita"): Tomorrow
- こんしゅう ("Konshuu"): This Week
- しはらって ("Shiharatte"): Pay
- よんで ("Yonde"): Read
I've tried enough systems to know that my active trays need to be as lean as possible. Keeping it simple is really the only thing I remember out of my copy of Donna Smallin's book, The One Minute Organizer.
Three is a good number The remaining two trays contain items that need to be dealt with within the month.
Fingers crossed that this paper management system works!