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Blog: My New Home -- An Organizer's Adventure in Building, Selling, Moving
The Organized Project File

In a previous blog I talked about the Project Notebook. The Project File goes hand in hand with the notebook.
A filing system that allows you to find the information you need is paramount whether you're building a house, moving, renovating or buying.
Most projects generate a lot of paper that's necessary during the project but expendable after it is complete. For a big project like building a house I recommend a separate file system than your regular household files. In our case, we knew we'd be moving back and forth between our rental place and our former home, so we used a portable plastic file.  Other considerations for the project file are as follows:
v     Make sure your file is big enough to accommodate the countless product brochures you will surely collect for bath hardware, appliances, paints & stains, lighting fixtures, cabinets, siding, etc, etc.
v     Once you make a decision on something, weed the information and brochures for the products you didn't pick out of the file. This will make the pertinent brochures easier to find and it will give you more room overall.
v     Use categories that make sense to you and others who will use the file. My husband and I are using the following categories, for example:
o       Air
o       Appliances
o       Architect
o       Archive
o       Blueprints
o       Builder
o       Dept. of Env. Services
o       Flooring
o       Garage
o       Hearth
o       Ideas
o       Kitchen
o       Plan A
o       Plan B
o       Patio
o       Receipts
o       Septic
o       Siding
o       Specs
o       Tile
o       Town
o       Windows/Doors
v     Always alphabetize! Things will be much easier to find.
v     Keep up with filing. It's worth it for the time and aggravation it saves.
v     After completing the project, retain only the files that will be important going forward. Integrate them into your household filing systems. Resist holding on to the entire file system as a form of memorabilia!

posted on: 2/1/2008 1:30:00 PM by Ginny Gassman
category: Moving

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Ginny Gassman is the owner of Tidy Cove, LLC, which provides professional organizing services for the New Hampshire Lakes Region. Tidy Cove publishes a free organizing tips newsletter.

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