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File...Don't Pile: A proven filing system for personal and professional use

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  60 ratings  ·  13 reviews
If you have ever watched the stacks of papers, magazins, clippings, and projects pile up out of control, File...Don't Pile will provide fast, easy practical advice. More than a collection of random hints, this handy guide presents systems of organization for every conceivable type of household paper. Topics covered include:

How to cut through the clutter--the 5 step solutio
Paperback, 224 pages
Published July 15th 1986 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Jul 15, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction, help
This book would be great for the person who still enjoys clipping articles from newspapers and magazines, and saving every handout they receive from school or church. For anyone who loves to physically save information JUST IN CASE they may have a use for it down the road. I am not that person. It also screamed to me that it was written for the do-it-all woman who never says no to a volunteer opportunity. While reading it, I often found myself thinking that the information superhighway internet ...more
Aug 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
While now may seem out of date in the digital age, I started using this for my work filing which is some reference information, some projects and some employee information. It works like a charm and have used the process for 7 years now. I've also adapted it for my computer files. I keep my indexes on the computer for both and print when needed. It helps that when I have an employee file on my desk that I am working on and someone comes into my office, I just shut the folder and no one knows wha ...more
Nov 03, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: organizing
Good suggestions on filing, although I probably won’t change my whole system.
These methods would be especially useful in the information sections of my files.
I like the idea of using a paperdex folder at the front of the file to keep track of the folders in the group. The folders are numbered in order and the contents are kept in a master file. You look up the subject in the paperdex and then go to the corresponding numbered folder. You just add numbers as you add subjects. You don’t have to w
Jan 29, 2018 rated it liked it
I read this book 30 years too late. It would have been useful in pre-computer/pre-internet days.
Jan 13, 2013 rated it did not like it
I don't remember how I came across this book but since I'm forever on the lookout for good organization books I decided to read it. I should have known from the introduction it wasn't going to be a relavent book. The author talks about clipping magazine articles and craft ideas. As an example she talks about having a relative die and being able to quickly go through her files and find religious quotes on death she has saved from the newspaper over the years quickly for the funeral. (A strangle e ...more
Mar 02, 2009 rated it liked it
This book would have been very helpful if I was just looking to file all of my paper. It would be great if my paper mess were all recipes, magazine articles and such. Most ofmine is mail and I still can't figure out what to do with it. the method she suggests sounds great, I might give it a try for our family files. It just want' quite what I was looking for.
Jul 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: organization
I really needed this book! I can pretty much control the messiness of day to day life, but somehow paper escapes me! This book gave me some good direction for my piling tendency...
Feb 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book totally transformed my approach to filing hard copy materials
Aug 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
W-hat I most remember is her cooking plan. I'd like to read it again.
Deb Ramage
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-books
This book is incredible. If only I could get my act together and actually do it.
Jim LaSalle
Oct 29, 2010 rated it liked it
Written in 1986 "File... Don't Pile" predates the wide-spread use of home/office computers for record keeping and deals only with circa 1990 paper data (that's why I gave it 3 stars.) The totally paperless work place has not arrived at my office and I still must deal with a large amount of personal and business communications/forms. The "File... Don't Pile" system is great for managing these documents. Combine "File... Don't Pile" method with a spreadsheet (I use Excel) front end and it becomes ...more
Apr 23, 2009 rated it it was ok
Having read this I decided to stick to my own systems. If I ever found myself landed with a heap of hard to categorise cuttings and paper clutter that needed cross referencing then this would be the book I might turn to. As it turns out, my system must be working, as I was recently asked for, and found, a two year old receipt in one minute including the hike up to the attic to the file cabinet.
Jan 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
The author presents a simple, workable method of filing paper. Now do it!
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