In addition, I surround myself with tools that I know will work. Here are a few of my favorites.
- A label maker. Sure, you can hand print, but not only are printed labels easier to read, they also make everything look neat and uniform.
- Accordion folders. These formed the basis for my tax paperwork and came in handy for storing old presentations I uncovered while cleaning the basement. They work well for corralling not only papers, but index cards, receipts and small notes -- and there's no need to punch holes or worry about things falling out the sides.
- Topless bins. What other kinds of bins would a drop and run organizer use? My favorite find was file bins that allow me to see the (often color-coded) files they house, helping me transfer the concept of filing papers to an I need to see it-friendly method. Open containers make it as easy to put things away -- where they belong -- as it is to put them down -- where they don't belong.
How about you? What are your favorite organizing tools?