Could your office files use a little organization? Mine may. And what a great job to start 2012 off on the ideal foot and wrap up 2011. In addition to functional filing cabinets, you might choose to consider baskets and bins on walls and shelving. These fairly boxes and file folders help make the chore so much more fun. — Mary Ann from classic•casual•home


Spotlight White Credenza – $599

This file cabinet that is compact works with many fashions. I like the white, high-gloss lacquer finish. There is a generous capacity for both files and supplies.

Paper Source

Cavallini Vintage Alphabet File Folders – $15.95

This set of 12 letter-size folders comprises colorful classic decoration images.


Handcarved Clay Tags – $16

Label your storage containers with these cool shiny clay tags. They’re reusable if you use a dry-erase marker.

The Container Store

Bright Stockholm Office Storage Boxes – $9.99

You can mix and match the colours of these boxes, and the metal tag holders indicate the contents.

The Container Store

Brocade Desktop File – $19.99

This lacy metalwork bin would seem pretty on a desk.


Rustic Iron Console – $799

I adore this industrial, solid wood and metallic bit. The top provides plenty of work space.

Cost Plus World Market

Dark Brown Isabella Willow Baskets With Liners – $14.99

Wood handles make transporting files simple and appealing.


Metal Basket Shelf – $44

This very simple metallic wall hanging comes with four attractive bird theme folders. I could envision using four or three of them on a wall.

Restoration Hardware

Linen Office Storage Accessories, Sand – $39

These storage accessories have a classic feel, are made from wood and are wrapped in lace with metal finishes. They’re very tasteful.

Noir Furniture

Old Elm Shelf with Wheels

A tall, industrial bookcase like this one has lots of storage for baskets or bins.


Iron File Cabinet Bins – $79

These iron bins were inspired from early 20th Century document cabinets. They’d look great on the industrial shelving shown previously. Plus, the mesh siding allows to you see what is inside. I would use these to store fabric samples.

Restoration Hardware

Mesh Metal Bin – $49

Handcrafted of iron mesh, these powerful boxes can be stacked and will hold files with design.


BYHOLMA Basket – $12.99

These inexpensive, weathered, gray baskets are sturdy but lightweight. I use them to carry work files in my vehicle.

West Elm

Vintage Lateral File Cabinet – $424

This slick wood file cabinet rolls on five casters, with two that lock. I really like its simple, versatile design.

The Container Store

Synchronicity Letter-Size Interior File Folders – $5.99

These boldly patterned file folders have been so much pleasure. Why not treat yourself?


Willow Magazine Baskets – $34

What a wonderful place to stash the email till you can get to it. The two baskets are woven willow and wrapped in lace.


KASSETT DVD Box with Lid, White – $4.99

These DVD boxes are only $4.99 for a pack of 2. There are plenty of colours from which to choose, also.

Pottery Barn

Bedford 2-Drawer File Cabinet – $279

I’ve had these Pottery Barn file cabinets for years, and they are still like new.

Small Rectangle Lacquer Trays – $39

Some of these wood trays with a lacquered finish atop a console would make your piles of paper so neat.


Lined Willow Baskets, Small – $19

As another storage alternative, these baskets make filing fairly.

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