After the recent outback trip I decided to give my ‘Map and brochure Box’ a once over and chuck everything that is too old to be relevant any more, all the duplicated cycling maps we own and information about areas where we are not very likely to go in the next 5 years.
I use a suspension file box with a clear lid. Fits nicely under the shelves in my office, I didn’t have to buy any hanging files or clear tabs, because I use them anyway, and it gives me the possibility to create broad categories to easily find things to take on a trip or give to a visitor.
As with all filing I strongly suggest to go for broad categories. If you are too detailed it gets hard to find the right spot for a document and you might give up all together to file that item away.
Living in Sydney I found these categories working for us:
- North of Sydney
- West of Sydney
- South of Sydney
- (a new one) NSW outback
- Rest of Australia
- Rest of the world (I am tempted to call that one East of Sydney)