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January's challenge was to clean out and organize your files. I actually did not start the process until yesterday, but in about 4 hours I got it all done! I have 6 really nice legal sized filing drawers in my schoolroom.
Since we moved into our house 4 years ago, the drawers have looked the same inside. Drawer # 1-3 had alphabetized files from the filing drawers from our old house (I didn't clean them out, just moved them).
Drawer #4 contained a small file box with all the files associated with building our house. Drawer #5 contained my school files which I actually cleaned out and organized 2 years ago, and drawer #6 has been the catch-all for everything that has needed filing for the last 4 years!
To begin this cleaning out and organizing process, I first went through each of the existing files and purged! Then I lined up the tabs in row, alphabetically.....farthest to the left are the A tabs; one space over are the B tabs; 2 spaces over are the C tabs....etc.
Lastly, I went through every single piece of paper and either filed it or threw it away. This is what Drawer #6 looks like now!
Here are the two bags of trash that came out of the drawers!