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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Getting Organized Fast-Track by Cynthia Ewer

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Setting Up Household Filing Systems

Make it easy to keep household and financial paper flowing to the place where it belongs by setting up a three-part filing system to route paperwork. Action files provide short-term storage for items when action is needed; basic files offer ongoing reference to items when action has been concluded. Finally, classic files retain information you need in the long term. Together, these filing systems create a three-step conduit to prevent paper pileups and keep information flowing freely.

Action Files

When papers enter your home, each one requires an action, even something as swift and final as sending a credit card offer to the shredder. That’s why the first phase of an organized household filing system is the ...

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