Everything you assumed about filing cabinets is wrong
You’ll probably collect more stuff as you get older, but filing cabinets aren’t “old school.” Today’s lateral files come in tons of style and finish options. And did we mention — tons of storage options? Most lateral files have deep, 30-inch, full extension drawers on metal slides, so you can store just about anything.
LIZ’S PICK: Use a traditional file system like the Edge Water Lateral File if your business requires a lot of paperwork.
JESS’S PICK: Shoal Creek Lateral File — it’s simple and small but gets the job
If you need a variety of shelves, doors and special compartments for storing a mix of craft or office supplies, there are plenty of “non-filing cabinet” workspace storage options. Try a nontraditional storage cabinet or a computer desk with a built-in filing system. All perfect alternatives to a traditional filing cabinet.
JESS’S PICK: International Lux Accent Storage Cabinet
Nobody says you need to put a metal filing cabinet in the middle of the living room. Find a nontraditional storage option that blends in with your space. Just remember function is key. If you need items easily accessible and in close proximity to your workspace or writing desk, consider a credenza or wall shelf. Label storage boxes or bins for a “faux” filing system that’s easy on the eyes.
Mobile file carts definitely fit the bill, but so do mobile storage carts with casters. These options are versatile and can be loaded and moved from room to room to keep supplies close by.
BRUNO’S PICK: Soft Modern Multi-Cart
Some documents just shouldn’t be left out in the open. Protect important personal information like tax documents, bank statements, contracts or medical records in a locked cabinet. This is especially important if you’re sharing a space with roommates.
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