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File Solutions: Filing Made Easy - Home Filing System


File Solutions: Filing Made Easy - Home Filing System

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Publisher: File Solutions

Author: Don Donnelly
Nora Donnelly

List Price: $29.95 plus $4.80 shipping

Ages: Adult

Reviewed By: Peggy Flint

My husband came to me yesterday and asked me for the password to one of our Internet email accounts. The password is saved on my computer but it got deleted on his. Unfortunately, I couldn't decipher it on my computer. So, I walked over to my files, pulled out the purple-labeled manila folder marked "Computer," pulled out the information and handed it to him. When he picked himself up off the floor (not literally but close to it) he gave me a BIG smile of appreciation, wrote down the password, handed me back the folder and walked away. Meanwhile, I practically broke my arm trying to pat myself on the back and trying to keep from screaming "YES!" so loud that half of Anchorage would be rocking from the shock wave.

I am not organized. In fact, I have the nickname "DtsyDame" because in the past I was forever losing things. Actually, I think I laid them down in one spot and they were simply taking the scenic route to the proper location....but no one else ever saw it that way when it was their item they were desperately looking for. I know I could bore you to tears right now by sharing how last year I had to send for my husband's birth certificate TWICE (because I misplaced it the first time) but alas, we don't have time for stories, no matter how true they may be.

So what has made the miraculous change in my life? This kit! In the past I have tried to set up files and used so many systems....color coding, alphabetizing, even numbering files and keeping an index card of what went where. Nothing worked...because either I forgot what color stood for what or someone messed up my alphabet. On top of all that, those stupid manila files were so hard to keep looking neat and forget having them sit up straight!

With that said, let me share about this kit and how it works. The heart of the kit (to me) is not in the index book that comes with it, telling you page by page what goes into each file. The book is great and was helpful in figuring out what files I wanted to use...don't get me wrong, but for me its strength lies elsewhere. Instead, it is in the color coding system that makes sense to even me, the preprinted file folder labels?and the ease of getting papers into the files.

So how does this kit work? Well, first of all, you sit down and figure out which file labels you wish to use. Red labels are used for personal items, green labels are used for financial topics, blue labels are used for insurance and taxes and purple labels are used for lifestyle files. Once you figure out which labels you want to use, you then get 1/3 cut file folders and start putting the labels on the folders. It is recommended that you have all of the same color labels on the same side of the folder - for example, put all of the red labels on the tabs that stick up on the left side of the folder and put all green labels on the middle tab, etc. THEN...put these folders into hanging files and that way they sit up straight and can be moved around for ease in filing. Oh yes, there is a form in the kit to order more blank labels for .05 each or preprinted ones for .10 each. There are also extras of each color - although I don't think there are enough purple.

Let me share a bit more detail about how my files are set up. Some of the red labels that I chose to use are: action file (for example, when something comes in that I want to discuss with my husband or something that I need to take action on at a later time), child's file (one for each child), employment (one for my husband and one for me), vital records (remember that birth certificate I had to send for twice? NEVER AGAIN...), and even warranties. For the green labels I chose things like "Bills to Pay" and checking account and savings account and financial planning. Blue labeled files are currently holding our W-2's in the "Income Tax-Current Year" file, along with our insurance policies (one folder for each type of insurance) and other vital information. Our computer password was filed in the purple "computer" file. Other purple files hold information on wardrobe coordination, housecleaning tips, organization tips and even Bible studies!

I know the price for this kit may seem a bit steep. In fact, I have been asked by many people if I feel like this kit was worth what I paid. When I saw the look on my husband's face yesterday, and when I remember the ease with which I located my daughter's birth certificate on Friday (we went to get her a passport) - all I can say is YES! YES! YES!

In my files, I have a list of items that my husband and I want to give our children when they leave home. The majority of these items are books that we want them to have for their personal library. This kit has been added to that list and I don't plan on letting them leave home without it.

The File Solutions Home Filing System sells for $29.95 plus $4.80 shipping. Kits are also available for teachers, students, doctors, etc.
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Available From: File Solutions
Address: PO Box 516381, Dallas TX 75251_6381
Phone: (972) 488_0100
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Peggy Flint
Art and Peggy have been homeschooling their twins, Eric and Robin, since 1989. They started out teaching the kids, and now find themselves learning from their own children--and liking it.
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