Manila folders. You don't want to live with them, but you can't live without them. You could spend extra on a set of pretty (but pricey) pre-packaged folders from a big-box office supply store. Or you can re-cover the inexpensive, boring ones you've already got with a new, fresh face.
The Easiest: Washi Tape (shown above)
Here's an easy style upgrade for vanilla manila file folders: labeling and decorating with strips of patterned washi tape. Just stick a short strip on the tab of each folder, then apply a clear printed label on top. You can even use the colors and patterns to help sort your files by section, like Samantha of Simply Organized did.
The Brightest: Contact Paper
If your files are on display, consider transforming their bland beige exterior with brightly colored contact paper. Megan of The Homes I Have Made
covered her family's command center folders schoolbook-style with yellow patterned contact paper.
The Coolest: Vintage Fabric
Just a can of spray adhesive and some careful cutting can transform boring manila into something brilliant. Use vintage fabric, like blogger Katherine Jalaty did for this post on Design Sponge
, to cover the outside of your folders for great texture and an awesome look.
(Images: Simply Organized, The Homes I Have Made, Design Sponge)