Saturday, August 04, 2007

My favourite organising tools #2 - flipfiles

What are flipfiles?

Handy clear plastic files, neatly bound in book format. Slim and light for easy handling, storage and carrying. Anti-static-allows quick insertion and withdrawal of documents. Will not lift ink from photocopies.
Outer-cover insert replaceable with users own title page.


Why I love them

  1. You can have lots of categories
  2. They take up very little space
  3. They come in 10-page, 20-page and 30-page
  4. They are perfect for the lazy organiser - no punching, you just slip the pages inside the plastic sleeves.
My uses

  1. Health
  2. Fitness
  3. Creativity
  4. Passion
  5. Financial
  6. Personal Control Journal
  7. Marcia's organising file


  1. Christmas ideas
  2. Recipes - one each for biscuits (cookies), main dishes, muffins (I love making muffins - what can I say?!)
  3. Household Organising File
  4. Appliance manuals (blue file in picture below)


  1. Storage solutions
  2. Business control journal
  3. Workshops - one for each workshop (goal-setting, time management, discover yourself, etc.)

The ones that live in my study

From the kitchen...

appliance manuals - one pocket per manual


1. What do you call flipfiles?
2. What do you use them for?


Lyn said...

I am trying my hardest to figure out the U.S. equivalent of this - but I can't. Does it have other pages inside of it to hold the papers? Could you post a photo of an open one? That would be helpful. The link you posted didn't have a photo of what they look like either.

I've really only used binders for papers (as small as 1/2 inch thick). But they do tend to be bulky.

Lyn said...

Just noticed the open one, sorry, but it's not very clear to me still. They look very helpful though!

Tina said...

I'm not sure if what I use are called flipfiles but here we call them display books/folders.

I have one each for the children and put all their awards/report cards/etc (one pocket per school year).

I also use them for:
* DH's workers comp paperwork
* paperwork to do with our car (rego, insurance, maintenance receipts, etc)
* school paperwork (current newsletters, blank absent notes, sports schedules, etc)

They are VERY handy and sit nicely on my bookshelf, and don't take up too much room as binders would. AND I like the fact that I don't have to punch holes!

Jen M said...

I miss flipfiles! Not sure if I've seen the equivalent here in England as I've not really looked, but you've inspired me to.

Marcia said...

Hey Tina
Thanks - display books/ folders sound familiar.

Yes, it does have other pages - all plastic sleeves so no punching like Tina said! I'll take another picture later this week and post it!

Yippee - you know exactly what I mean!

Anonymous said...

I use something similar that is clear and has holes punched to out in a binder. Love it!

Annabelle said...

Cool idea! I may have to try that! What type of button are you looking for? I make can see my work over at
Let me know if you want me to make you something!

Joyismygoal said...

Hi Marcia, I met another marcia recently too. I will visit more often I could always use more organization keep up the good work!

Heather said...

I think they're called "presentation files" or "presentation books" in the US - I've seen them around at various office supply stores for years. They also might be considered a portfolio of sorts.