View Full Version : Filing Cabinets: which kind is best?

August 5th, 2006, 10:58 AM
I'm implementing David Allen's Getting Things Done (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Getting_things_done) system and I need a filing cabinet.

Section 1

I believe there are two basic types:

a.Vertical file cabinets
example pic: http://snurl.com/ufuq

b. Lateral file cabinets.
example picture: http://snurl.com/ufun

Which is better? The advantage with the vertical FC is that you don't have to tilt your head sideways to see the labels. On the other hand, with the lateral FC, you either have to stand sideways, or tilt your head sideways.

The advantage with the lateral FC is that one pull of the drawer lets you see all the files at once. On the other hand, in a vertical FC, the back files may not get as much attention as the front files.

On the net, it seems that most of the pictures I see of filing cabinets have hanging folders. David Allen doesn't recommend using hanging folders. Is it possible to buy file cabinets which are for normal file folders?

Please help me decide by giving me more pros and cons.


Section 2

I believe the widths come in two different sizes: letter size and legal size. Should i get a legal-sized filing cabinet or a letter- paper-sized filing cabinet? Please let me know the pros and cons. What do you have and why did you decide to purchase what you did purchase?

Section 3
Now a question to fellow GTD-folks.
So the book recommends a filing system that has folders. This is great, as it makes it very very easy to access the files inside.

But what about if we have a file called "Money from Japan" where you have bills and coins? The coins may fall out of the folder. What do you guys recommend?

Also, generally speaking, are folders better than, say, huge legal or letter sized sealed envelopes, which have been slit on one side?

What would David Allen himself do? In his book he makes specific mention of a folder that contains Japanese cash.

August 5th, 2006, 11:06 AM
the cheapest one is best, personally I have a vertical one. It was originally ~$200 but I got it for $80 because the lock was stuffed and they took it out. Other than that it was brand new.

August 8th, 2006, 09:04 AM
I'm going to go shopping for a file cabinet tomorrow. I hope to find some cheap ones. I don't mind if they're ugly, old, have chipped paint. As long as it's heavy duty, the drawers roll smoothly, i'm happy.