The filing question from yesterday reminds me of another common scenario. I frequently open client file drawers and find manila folders without hanging files. There is a reason that hanging files were invented. For those of you who are not enlisted in this practice, let me provide a few good reasons to use this tool.
1. Hanging file folders keep files from falling together and sliding down into the drawer.
2. Hanging folders come with tabs that stick up above the papers so you can actually see what the files contain without reaching in, pulling out and opening up the actual file.
3. Hanging folders allow you to create categories within the drawer and segregate specific topics. You can even then use sub-folders (manila) to separate information within the hanging folder.
Please consider using hanging file folders. Your file drawers will become less messy, intimidating, much easier to use and a more powerful resource!