OFFICE Tip 66: Where Are Your Reference Materials?

In a typical office, reference materials are normally stored in a file cabinet, on a bookshelf, or in notebooks. These days there are lots of ways to store reference materials electronically as well. For the sake of simplicity, I will just discuss the printed reference materials for this 10-Minute Tidy tip.

The most common file storage system is to use filing cabinets. If you don’t already have a filing system set up, there are preprinted labeling systems that allow you to quickly and easily set up a reference system for all your typical home office papers. offers one of the best, pre-printed, color-coded file labeling systems that many professional organizers recommend to their clients.

Another premade filing system is the Alpha-Omega Organizing System that was designed by professional organizers to help professionals and families streamline their workflow, schedules, and information management. Learn more about their system at

In addition to business and financial papers, be sure to have either electronic or paper files for other useful reference topics such as: driving directions, letters and other correspondence, wish-list/future purchases, etc. On your computer, be sure to bookmark helpful websites, as these are an important resource as well. Bookmarks are discussed in Tip 36. Take a moment to create files for the information that you reference on a regular basis.

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