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Organise your home office or workplace with handy filing boxes. Here’s the lowdown on the different types available, and how they can make your life easier.

 

Benefits of box files

It’s hard to stay on top of things if you aren’t properly organised, so having a proper filing system is vital - at home, as well as at the office. Even in this age of email, it’s possible to drown in a sea of paperwork, and keeping all those insurance documents and mortgage statements in order is crucial if you’re ever going to find them again.
 
And the best way to keep tabs on everything? Box files. They’re strong and spacious, and are ideal for storing A4 papers. Indeed, they often come with a clip to hold them in place. 

Types of box files

Box files tend to be the same standard size and shape (like a box!), but you can get them in all sorts of colours and designs. Most offices go for the classic grey design. These often have a thumbhole on the side, allowing you to easily get them off the shelf. Above that there’s often a brightly coloured label, where you can make a note of what’s inside.
 
You can also find larger, portable box files, which look more like a small trunk. These have a handle on the top, making them useful for carrying files between meetings. They’re also lockable, which is handy if your documents are particularly sensitive.
 
Expanding box files are great as they make it easier to label your documents. This means you’ll be able to find them more quickly. You can also buy box magazine files, which are a great place to store all those old copies of Vogue – they’ll be collectible one day! 

What to consider when buying box files

Box files tend to be the same standard size and shape (like a box!), but you can get them in all sorts of colours and designs. Most offices go for the classic grey design. These often have a thumbhole on the side, allowing you to easily get them off the shelf. Above that there’s often a brightly coloured label, where you can make a note of what’s inside.
 
You can also find larger, portable box files, which look more like a small trunk. These have a handle on the top, making them useful for carrying files between meetings. They’re also lockable, which is handy if your documents are particularly sensitive.
 
Expanding box files are great as they make it easier to label your documents. This means you’ll be able to find them more quickly. You can also buy box magazine files, which are a great place to store all those old copies of Vogue – they’ll be collectible one day! 

How many box files do you need?

More than you think! The good thing about box files is that you can use them to store everything from bank statements to keys. If you’re keeping them on open shelves, it makes sense to have lots of them – not only will this provide you with vital storage space, it will also look more stylish.
 
It’s always better to buy too many than too few, as you can come up with ever-more ingenious ways to use them. Old mobile phones, loyalty cards, envelopes, passports – you can store them all in box files. 

Box files for the home office - organisation ideas

A shelf full of box files is essential for any home office. After all, it’s important to keep your desk free of unnecessary paperwork and clutter, and box files are an excellent way to keep all that hidden from view. 

Here are 5 tips for organising your office: 
  1. declutter - get rid of all those old papers. It’ll clear your mind, as well as your desk
  2. have a place for everything - when new mail arrives, you immediately know where to file it
  3. sort out your in-tray every day - rather than leaving it to pile up
  4. archive files - free-up extra space by storing anything you don’t need immediately in the loft, if you have one
  5. search websites like Pinterest and magazines for stylish storage ideas

Box files for the actual office – organisation ideas

Box files are even more essential in the actual office, where you’ve got all your colleagues’ paperwork to think about, as well as your own. Give each member of the team a stash of box files for their own use, and make sure they use them. You can also use magazine box files for  office storage, storing copies of the trade papers.

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Add a splash of colour with these cool box files

You can buy box files in a huge array of colours. Try one in chartreuse to add a bit of spring colour to your shelves.

Brands like Cath Kidston and Emma Bridgewater (left) make box files in retro-style prints, which work well in a home environment, and don’t look too ‘officey’. Orla Kiely even makes pretty box files designed for storing recipes.

Box files in the home

Box files can be used to store all sorts of things around the home. Whether it’s DVDs or letters from your children’s school, you can keep them all in box files.
 
Box files have plenty of advantages over other types of storage. For a start, they’re much cheaper than a cupboard or filing cabinet. You can also buy them in every different colour, which means you can match them to your decorating scheme. They’re easy to replace if they break or wear out, or if you just feel like changing the look of your room. And if you don’t like the way they look, simply store them under the bed or inside a cabinet. 
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