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Adventures with Flat Files and Serious Organization

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Thanks to now having two flat files, my office is the most organized it’s ever been. Flat files are most commonly seen in studio and agency settings and are used to store client proofs and other oversized materials. They’re also an ideal way for creatives to organize everything from photos, artist proofs, sketches, collage materials, blueprints, scrap booking supplies and more.

nubby twiglet flat files

nubby twiglet flat files

I have two identical flat files because the left is dedicated to storing stuff I’ve made while the right is dedicated to supplies. To give you an idea of what they can be used for, here’s what I keep in mine:

• The left holds: 1. my screenprinted posters, 2. print collateral from my clients, 3. 4. and 5. print-outs, process sketches and proofs and 6. my print portfolios.

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• The right holds: 1. Promotional supplies including stamps, stickers and mailing labels, 2. printer paper, envelopes, stencils and rulers, 3. collaging scraps, 4. collage books and magazine tears, 5. notebooks, 6. office supplies.

nubby twiglet flat files

Because I was on a budget and also didn’t need a large set of flat files, I found mine at IKEA. The bottom drawer organizers were also an IKEA find. If you’re in the market for a larger, more traditional set of flat files, try Dick Blick, and Amazon ( these and these are nice).

Flat files have fixed my lack of storage space and given my office a whole new level of organization. Perhaps they can do the same for you!

Hello, 2012.

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Change it up! New year, new makeup. New year, new scent. New Year, new nails.

I spent the first day of 2012 freshening up and organizing my surroundings. I stocked up on new cleaning supplies, shredded a stack of junk mail, vacuumed my office, pulled all the receipts out of my wallet, recycled a massive stack of print-outs that were collecting dust in my flat files, cleaned out my closets and flipped through and recycled a stack of old magazines.

I also spent some time changing up my beauty routine. I was on vacation all week in Phoenix and took some time to get my hair trimmed and picked up some new makeup at the MAC counter. I loathe foundation (and hadn’t worn it in about 5 years) but remembered how well my skin photographed last year after a MAC makeover so I picked up Studio Sculpt and Skinfinish powder. Then, I painted my nails nude for the first time ever with Face Stockholm Unclear and applied one of my favorite eyeshadow combos, Double Feature 1 by MAC. Finally, I used a new (to me) scent: Chanel N° 5.

A clean, organized environment, a beauty routine change-up and some time to think. Not a bad way to spend the first day of the new year.