The Paper Tray: Another Black Hole

The Paper Tray: Another Black Hole

Beth Zeigler
Nov 12, 2008

111208organize-01.jpgOrganizing products are supposed to make your life easier, right? Unfortunately, that's not always the case. Take for instance, the paper tray. Used to keep different types of paper organized, they wind up being used incorrectly, therefore causing lost papers and frustration. Find out how paper trays are misused and tips to keep your paperwork easily accessible after the jump.

Most of our clients have incorrectly used the paper tray by casually placing important papers in one of the open slots. Because each level is not searchable (you have to pull out every piece of paper to find what you're looking for) this system rarely works. Most of the time, there isn't enough space to affix a label to the according tray--making paper placement forgettable.

What we like to suggest to clients is a wall pocket or a desk-top tiered file holder (if space allows). File folders can simply be placed in either pocket--allowing easy access. You can now see your files and since they're properly labeled, your important papers are easily searchable.

How do you use your paper tray?

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