Honey, I Shrunk the Filing Cabinet
Ditch the Metal Drawers
As Coach Cordelli points out, most home filing cabinets are stuffed with documents that people no longer need. Have trouble purging? Get a gizmo called NeatReceipts ($200, neat.com) and scan anything you’re touchy about tossing.
Color-Code Your Life
In a portable acrylic file box, set up folders for different categories or family members. Label them in the way that makes the most sense to you: perhaps bills, work, play, keepsakes. For kids, school, sports, social. This is your go-to for floating papers—and the first place to look for that misplaced permission slip.
To buy: Acrylic desktop file (shown), $25, containerstore.com.
Befriend the Shredder
A slim, shelf-size model makes it easy to part with sensitive items you don’t need anymore.
To buy: Black & Decker six-sheet crosscut shredder (shown), $50, amazon.com.