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# Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Our Organizing Extravaganza
Posted by Diane

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:

Family Tree Magazine articles | Genealogy fun | Research Tips
Tuesday, February 24, 2009 12:29:39 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [3]