Letter vs. Legal Size
Are you caught in a time warp?
Are you using outdated legal sized files?
It would probably surprise you to know that legal isn’t always the most effective way to go.
The drawbacks to using legal include its cumbersome size and cost. Legal paper is approximately 25% larger than letter paper. Therefore, legal-size filing cabinets consume about that much more space than a letter-sized filing cabinet. In an average office, any wasted space can make the area look smaller, and no one wants that! Also, consider the cost. The cost to mail a legal-sized piece of paper is 24% percent more than a letter-sized one.
Now that you’ve upgraded your filing system, what do you do with the papers that just won’t fit? Looking at your legal drawers, you’ll notice normally less than 1% of documents are actually legal size. For that small amount, you can fold them.
There are some instances, however, where it’s necessary to maintain legal-sized documents. Many court and legal documents used to be recorded on legal-sized papers; however this is no longer required. The real estate industry, on the other hand, still tends to use legal size.
Consider whether it would be cost effective to change your office from legal size to letter size. You will save money when purchasing file folders and be able to file more in the same space. You will no longer have to buy both legal and letter-sized supplies.
Change is difficult for many people. But perhaps this change could be a change for the better—or at least a “change for the lesser!”
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Copyright 2013 Nancy Miller
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Nancy Miller, a professional organizer with over 20 years of experience coupled with a Certified Professional Coaching credential offers both personal and business consultation. Nancy’s credentials include past membership in the National Association of Professional Organizers and the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization. She delivers over 100 programs nationwide each year. Her book, Clutterology® Getting Rid of Clutter and Getting Organized is in it’s 4th Edition