Sometimes when we’re organizing offices we need to be creative. It may be because of a lack of space, needing the area for a multiple of purposes and activities, or simply because of the way our client’s function in the space. For this particular project it was the latter. Many of my clients are challenged with ADD and ADHD. Although smart as a whip, our client is challenged with ADHD and therefore paperwork organization was difficult for him. Running a very successful business from home can have it’s drawbacks. One of those drawbacks is that it can be overwhelming to keep up with all the paperwork that comes with the business. I can certainly attest to that in my own home office. Organization is really the key to maintaining any successful business. Otherwise things gets lost through the cracks, including cheques!
I thoroughly enjoyed working hands on with this particular client. He has an amazing sense of humour which can be very helpful for everyone when sorting through papers. Typically, when organizing business documents and paperwork we use file folders. However, with this particular client, file folders was not a workable solution for him and his way of thinking and working in his space. At least not for his accounting paperwork. He had already tried to organize with baskets and bins, however the system was not working because pieces were missing from the set up. Working with him we created a bin system of filing accounting papers as well as one special bin strictly to contain papers for filing when he just did not have the time to deal with it. This particular client was not fussy on fancy labelling or worried about aesthetics. He simply needed a functional system for organizing his papers. Here’s what we created and what now works efficiently for him:
This may not be a workable solution for everyone but it proves that every client is different and we need to customize our solutions to fit our client’s needs, no matter how diverse. A simple and effective solution to organizing papers for easy filing. No fuss, no muss! What kind of filing system do you use? I’d love to hear your creative ideas.