How I created a 23 year old's first filing system

23 year oldRecently I worked with one of my younger clients: a client's young adult son who needed help getting organized for a job search.  I've been helping him organize since he was in high school.  We organized for college, study abroad, and moving out of home, so it was fun to see watch him transform into a motivated professional!

We managed to toss everything paper except for those that fit into these folders.Here's a peek, at the system, which is a mini version of systems I've created hundreds of times for folks in every stage of life.  We created a number of files that fall under just four larger groupings. For those of you who are becoming more and more paperless, these four categories may be all you need.


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Office Organizing Expert Kacy Paide loves to do what most people hate: organize offices & paper. She works with folks who are desperate for a more functional, more beautiful, more inspiring office. Kacy has been a Professional Organizer since 2001 and has worked with over 500 clients. Call her crazy, but she loves a good mess and wants to fix yours. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Kacy is nationally available for consulting & speaking. Reach her at 202.262.1207 and Learn about Skype consultations here. Watch video lessons on office organizing here. Receive your free list of 100 Ways to Organize Your Office at