Learn how to choose an in-box system for a home office in this video with Kim Oser, Certified Professional Organizer.
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Hi! I am Kim Oser. I am a Certified Professional Organizer and the owner of Put It Away! Professional Organizing. Today we are going over how to organize your home-office. We are now moved onto an Inbox. As we thought years ago it was speculated that paper would be replaced by computers and the Internet, what we find is that we are bombarded by papers then ever and paper beginning to pile and stack all over the home. One way around that is to create an effective Inbox. I find that creating a general Inbox for all the paper that comes into the home goes in your general Inbox is one way to get started. Once you have everything in your Inbox you can set aside a time either in the evening before going to bad, first thing in the morning, you can do it daily or once a week, but you pick a time to sort through your Inbox. Once they are into my Inbox, I assign an action to every item in my Inbox. I have put mine in To Pay, To File, To Call/Write, Errands I need to run, Coupons/Offers, Waiting for a Response and my favorite the To Read file. So I go through my Inbox and I say okay, this is To Read, this goes into my To read File. If I have an item I need to return to a store, I can put it in the Errand file, they will sit in the Errand File. Bills to pay go in To Pay. So by the time you are done going through your Inbox, everything has been assigned an action and if there is no action on the item you can easily shred it or put it in the Recycle Bin or the Trash. So now that we got our Inbox organized we have got some papers that we not need to file. Let's get started working on an effective filing system.