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Cool Product – 3.5″ Hanging File Folder Tabs

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

You’ve decided to organize your files–that’s great! I’m so proud of you.

You purchased hanging folders for this project, right? Good. You’re on your way!

Open the box of hanging folders. Somewhere in the box is a plastic baggie filled with plastic tabs and paper inserts.

Take a close look at the tabs. They’re small–only 2″ across. You can’t write much on them. I’m going to tell you right now–they’re going to frustrate you to no end as you attempt to use them for your filing project.

I’d like you to consider NOT using them.

I know you paid for them. But, I’m going to ask you to spend a little more money on your files.

The ‘Cool Product’ that will make it easier for you to locate, retrieve and store your papers is…

The 3.5″ Hanging File Poly Tab

Photo: SMEAD

What are the benefits to using 3.5″ tabs?

– they have more room to write on
– larger tabs means you can write larger on them or create labels with large letters for easy readbility
– find files more quickly with a larger tab

Whenever I work with a client on getting their papers organized/setting up a file system, I always recommend they use 3.5″ tabs. I pull a pack of these out of my ‘magic’ bag of organizing supplies, and people are amazed–most have never seen the 3.5″ tabs. They only know about the 2″ tabs that come in the box of file folders. Happiness abounds. Joyful categorizing and labeling begins. Another client’s life made easier with a Cool Product…

Thinking of switching to 3.5″ tabs?

About Stacey Agin Murray

Stacey is a professional organizer & speaker in New Jersey specializing in residential organizing, time, and paper management challenges. She also authored The Organized Bride’s Thank You Note Handbook: Let Systems and 101 Modern Sample Thank You Notes Take You From Overwhelmed to Organized.

Categories: Cool Product, Office Products, SMEAD

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4 responses to “Cool Product – 3.5″ Hanging File Folder Tabs”

  1. Larger tabs also you to include more information on them, making it less likely you’ll accidentally mix up your files!

  2. Yes, I agree! The 3.5″ space is perfect for people who wish to label their files with phrases or categories or who just have really big handwriting.

  3. I’ve use the “big ones” sometimes, but mostly go for the smaller ones. It depends upon the client’s needs. It is great to have the option, though.

  4. I agree–I like to give my clients the option. But, once I pull the 3.5″ tabs out of my bag, that’s all they want to use!

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