Dirty Little Secret Friday … File Cabinet Organization

Posted by on February 21, 2014 in Organization | 29 comments

Happy Friday!!  The weekend is {almost} here!  To celebrate, mother nature dumped another 8″ of snow on us.  FABULOUS!  Spring can arrive any day … I’m more than ready!  In case you missed this on Facebook earlier this week, here’s what it looked like out our patio door on Monday.  Add another almost foot to those snow piles, and that’s what it looks like this morning.  Ugh.  Molly has to climb a mountain just to go out to the bathroom (and she’s not the most well acclimated cold weather dog).

That's our patio table that Matt is standing on as he rakes snow off the roof!!

That’s our patio table that Matt is standing on as he rakes snow off the roof!!

But … back to the topic of the day, ORGANIZING.

This week I worked on getting our file cabinet in order.  Take a look:

File Cabinet Organization  |  View From The Fridge

We’ve been trying hard over the past year or so to minimize the amount of actual paper we keep.  We have a scanner, and have been trying to scan and  e-file a lot of the important papers.  We also have tried hard to opt for the ‘paperless’ option wherever possible (bank, credit card statements, church newsletter, etc).  Those changes have now freed up quite a bit of room, and have now allowed me to keep a lot of crafting supplies in our file cabinet … which is fabulous, as I seem to keep accumulating them!

Here’s a quick summary of ‘issues’ with the previous state of the file cabinet:

  1. Mismatched folders that had different size labels.
  2. No labels or label holders left to add / modify existing folders.
  3. Labels that you couldn’t see.
  4. Worn and falling apart folders.
  5. A lot of old stuff (paperwork) that can now be recycled.

And, here’s how I cleaned it up …

  1. First … emptied entire cabinet and recycled old file folders (kept a few of the nicer ones to send to Goodwill).

    File Cabinet Organization  |  View From The Fridge

    Emptied File Cabinet

  2. Sorted all paperwork into new piles that seemed to make sense.  At the same time, throwing away all old or unnecessary items.
  3. Once everything was into new piles … determined how many folders would be needed AND what the labels should say.
  4. Purchased new file folders in two colors with consistent label placement and size.
  5. Purchased printable blank labels.
  6. Downloaded Avery label template and printed out each label.

    File Cabinet Organization  |  View From The Fridge

    Printed Labels

  7. Labeled all folders and sorted in alternating colors.

    File Cabinet Organization  |  View From The Fridge

    New Labeled Folders

  8. Put the labeled folders back into cabinet, and filled ‘em up with paperwork and crafts!File Cabinet Organization  |  View From The Fridge

And the before and after shots …

File Cabinet Organization  |  View From The Fridge

And, in case you’re thinking … “where did Katie get that lovely blue and turquoise file cabinet?” (because you’re obviously thinking that …), I posted that transformation here. 


And, while we’re on the topic of file cabinets … check out these other  4 awesome ideas for a little extra motivation this Friday:

File Cabinet Inspiration  |  View From The Fridge

Color Coded ‘Zones’ for File Cabinet Organization from Bowl Full of Lemons

Chalkboard File Cabinet Makeover from Design Improvised

Martha Stewart “Ofiice in a Chest”

Paint and turn a file cabinet on it’s back, and it’s now creative and functional garage storage from Trash to Treasure Blog

Have a great weekend!  Make sure you stop back tomorrow evening (5pm CST) for our diy Sunday Showcase features and link party!!



  1. Awesome as always!! I need to do this!! Have a great weekend :)
    Angela (Life in Velvet) recently posted…Thursday S.T.Y.L.E. #8My Profile

  2. This is a project I need to do! I’m just dreading sitting down to do it! You make it look so easy! Visiting from the Link Party Palooza!
    Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life recently posted…Creamy Citrus Black Bean Soup with Hood Sour Cream #Sponsored #MCMy Profile

  3. I love how you got your filing cabinet organized. This room is going to be amazing when your finished! I can’t wait to see the completed project!
    Courtney @CraftsbyCourtney.com recently posted…DIY Dollar Tree Makeover: Turn Clipboards Into Decorative FramesMy Profile

  4. I desperately need to do this too! Tax deadline is almost here, And I have about 1,000 receipts and papers to go through in that cabinet, since we moved last summer everything got messed up. You are rocking the organizing!
    Bette @ Somerset Lane recently posted…RECIPE: Banana Chocolate Chip MuffinsMy Profile

    • Ha! I know the feeling!! Good luck with that! That’s how we were that last year! Ugh.
      Katie recently posted…DIY Sunday ShowcaseMy Profile

  5. Stopping by from the Serenity Now linky party. Love your bright, happy, colors in the file cabinet! I so need to tackle ours!
    TheBargainBabe recently posted…Friday FunniesMy Profile

    • Thanks for stopping by and for the comment! Hope your weekend was great!
      Katie recently posted…DIY Sunday ShowcaseMy Profile

  6. Looks great Katie! And you already know how much I love your file cabinet. Fabulous upcycle!!
    Sonnet O’kane recently posted…DIY Wood Picture BlocksMy Profile

  7. Yep, it’s time to clean out my desk drawers/files – thanks for the motivation and thank you for linking up and sharing with us at the #WWDParty. Have a wonderful weekend.
    Antionette Blake recently posted…Influenster #JadoreVoxBoxMy Profile

    • Thanks, Antionette, and thanks for the party! Hope your weekend was great!
      Katie recently posted…DIY Sunday ShowcaseMy Profile

  8. Great job!
    Diana Rambles recently posted…Pin Me Linky Party 73My Profile

  9. I always feel so great after a good organizing project… I am such a nerd. This is a great article.
    Carmody recently posted…Display Plaque for the Things You LoveMy Profile

  10. Love this! Inspires me to get my files organized!

  11. Oh this makes me happy! I so need to do this as I’m for sure not utilizing all of the space in my filing cabinet… and hello, why have I not painted THAT yet?

    Stopping by from Inspire me Monday…
    carolyn recently posted…Frozen Blood, Better Swimming, Fitness Friends LinkupMy Profile

  12. Great reminder! Especially something I need to sit down and do with all my school files as well. Thanks for sharing with Do Tell Tuesday!
    Katie recently posted…Black and White Book Club: week 5 (Feb. 24-28)My Profile

  13. Organized paper! That’s always a happy thing. My files always look organized. That’s not my problem. My problem is getting the paper from the paper basket and filed! Arrrrrgh!!!! Now if you have a secret for that you will become a rich lady! ;)

    Thanks for sharing your inspiration to organize our files at Project Inspired{d}!!

    Wishing you an extraordinarily organized week!
    Diane | An Extraordinary Day recently posted…There Is No Hurry | Project Inspire{d} Week 55 & FeaturesMy Profile

    • Ha! I also seem to have that problem, and as of now .. no solution. I’ll keep you posted, though :) Thanks for the party!! Have a great rest of your week! Thanks for stopping by!
      Katie recently posted…20 Wishes Project … Month One ProgressMy Profile

  14. Saw you over at Whimsy Wednesday. I’m a food blogger but need SO much help with organization! :) This is a very helpful post and I’ll be looking around at the rest of your blog for inspiration and help. Thanks so much!

    • Glad I could inspire you! I have SOOOO many more areas in our house that are in need of organization.

  15. I love how organized your files are now! I need to do this in my office ASAP! It’s crazy the amount of paper I keep and I notice that if I clean it out every six months it really helps me feel more organized. Thanks for sharing this at Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop!
    Carrie This Home recently posted…Edible Cookie Dough for OneMy Profile

  16. I need to transform my file cabinets this spring. They sort of don’t match right now. :(

    Thanks for linking up to Fabulously Frugal Thursday! We’ll be featuring your craft on this week’s linky party live tonight at 6:30 pm.
    Barb @ A Life in Balance recently posted…The Mom Essentials KitMy Profile

  17. Thanks for the great tips! =)
    Melissa @ My Recent Favorite Books recently posted…Review: Brownies and Broomsticks by Bailey CatesMy Profile

  18. Oh, I desperately need to do this, but keep avoiding it. You’re so brave ! Haha.
    Your choice of color of filing makes me smiley, I definitely would be feeling happily organized!
    I’m inspired !

    Thanks for sharing, hope you have a great week !

    -~ Yasmina

    • Thanks so much, Yasmina! Oh … I feel SO MUCH better now that it’s done! My husband didn’t understand why I needed special colored files. Obviously … it makes it so much prettier!!

      Thanks for stopping by and for the note! Have a wonderful rest of your week, too!



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