Our Organizing Extravaganza

Our Organizing Extravaganza

If you’re feeling guilty because you haven’t jumped on that New Year’s resolution to organize your genealogy files, this post won’t make you feel any better. (But be consoled by the tips at the end.)The accumulated paper and other stuff was getting to be a bit much here at...

If you’re feeling guilty because you haven’t jumped on that New Year’s resolution to organize your genealogy files, this post won’t make you feel any better. (But be consoled by the tips at the end.)

The accumulated paper and other stuff was getting to be a bit much here at Family Tree Magazine. So last Friday, we held an all-out, all-day organizing extravaganza.

Not a file drawer, bookshelf, box, or folder on the server escaped our critical “do we really need this?” collective scrutiny. (Here, Allison displays her recycling skills.)

Associate editor Grace Dobush and art director Christy Miller sorted through props and film from way back before photo shoots went digital.

Where was I? Taking care of my desk drawer, an “after” desperately waiting to happen.

It always looks worse before it looks better. We emptied boxes in a requisitioned cubicle and sorted and arranged. This …

became this …

and this …

I feel refreshed. Energized! Like our time investment in revising filing systems and straightening storage spots will make us more efficient and quicker on the job.

If you want to have your own organizing day, pizza for lunch helps the motivation. And see these tips on FamilyTreeMagazine.com:

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  1. Excellent tips! How did Allison transmit her thoughts to me? Fridae is when I began a major cleanup of my work areas, too. Wow! Perhaps we can start a trend.

    I have a presentation (article, for readers) on getting organised at ShoeStringGenealogy.com/article/Org.htm and it is free to read. So, even though I wrote the presentation, it really takes MORE than knowing how to do it — ACTION is required! "Now go do the right thing." ~~ Dr. Laura

    Happy Dae.

  2. No need to get permission to share ideas or recommendations from the magazine (of course, we always appreciate your mentioning Family Tree Magazine to your class:). Feel free also to print and share the online articles linked in the post.

    Those who have questions about reproducing articles in the print magazine can e-mail us at ftmedit@fwmedia.com. I’m glad you found these tips helpful!