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  • Filing Systems in Europe

    What are European GTDers doing about filing? Here in Denmark, it's impossible to find the regular tabbed manila folders that David speaks of, and even hanging files/filing cabinents seem to be on the way out. Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be a clear alternative.

    Anyone care to share what filing system they're using? Links to manufacturers and retailers appreciated

  • #2
    Esselte, Leitz, Elba and others

    Here in Germany there are many companies selling filing systems and furniture, e.g. Esselte, Leitz, Elba and many others.

    http://www.leitz.de/
    http://www.elba.de/
    http://www.schaefer-shop.de/

    I am using
    - manila file folders in hanging file folders in file boxes and drawers,
    - binders,
    - lever arch files.

    Rainer

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    • #3
      Easy Flip

      Esselte Leitz has an interesting white board system with repositionable plastic sheets. Does anyone know of a US dealer. The product line is called Easy-flip.

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      • #4
        Classei has a kind of tabbed folders:

        Have a look at http://www.classei.de . I am thinking of changing to these slim folders and boxes for my private stuff, since I don't have that much space at home. Upright folders (Leitz etc.) take much more space.

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        • #5
          For all of us who identify leitz with upright folders. They sell tabbed manila folders as well. You can find them on their German language Website; product number is: 2434. They are not listed on the English Site!

          Yours
          Alexander

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          • #6
            Classei - Pre successive order

            That Classei site is really good. Their system would allow me to see all of the tabs for my files much easier.

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            • #7
              Yes, and it would come close to DAs simple alphabetical filing. You just have a large divider every now and then and in between the tabbed folders, sorted by alphabet. For ex. I could file all my banking stuff behind a divider "Bank", neatly labeled: Account, Cheques, Creditcard, Debitcard, E...

              And one can take along those files easily. Maybe use a plastic folder for protection underway, but no rearranging/un-filing/re-filing.

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              • #8
                Filing in Denmark

                Today I decided to try and find the right type of folder (in Denmark) and started by checking this forum.

                I use plastic charteques with labels on them, and I file these in hanging filefolders.

                This is not optimal and I am constantly looking for the right ones.

                Pendaflex have several types

                http://www.pendaflex.com/Americas/index.html

                But they are not easily found in Denmark.

                Have you had any luck since your post?

                Peter

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                • #9
                  Re: Classei has a kind of tabbed folders:

                  Originally posted by A.S.
                  Have a look at http://www.classei.de . I am thinking of changing to these slim folders and boxes for my private stuff, since I don't have that much space at home. Upright folders (Leitz etc.) take much more space.
                  Thanks for this hint.
                  Some days later I bought a folder set from classei. I am quite happy with this setup and have thrown away my Leitz 2434.

                  Yours
                  Alexander

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                  • #10
                    As to the Classei stuff, here is a (sub)-site with most of the language in English:

                    http://www.file-organization.de/


                    Pendaflex and one more brand of hanging files can be gotten in Denmark here: http://www.mb.dk/. Some cabinet options (at least a 'wagon' on wheels) are also available.

                    I have also seen Pendaflex in book/stationary chains like B.O. Bøger and Bog & Ide.

                    I have never seen the manila folders here in Denmark. In fact, I have never seen them before and am curious about the concept. Are they meant to stand upright or be stacked? How does it work with tabs and intersections?

                    I have just started adopting the GTD including the outlook add-in and is showeling my way through e-mails etc.. Next step will be the physical items so I am very curious about any useful options out there.

                    Thanks,
                    Lasse

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by lasse_p
                      I have never seen the manila folders here in Denmark. In fact, I have never seen them before and am curious about the concept. Are they meant to stand upright or be stacked? How does it work with tabs and intersections?
                      They stand upright in drawers (same format drawers as hanging folders), I prefer the Classei-boxes in the drawers and therein the manila folders. Classei sells hangers for these boxes to place them in hangerframes too. So you are able to easily convert from hangers.
                      On the following pictures you can see the arrangement (not to good, but i assume you get it)
                      http://www.classei.de/bilder/infobri...hreibtisch.jpg
                      http://www.classei.de/bilder/buero-arbeitsplatz.jpg
                      http://www.classei.com/images/filing-system.jpg

                      BTW: On their german page they sell a cheap starter kit:
                      http://www.classei.de/praxiskit.htm
                      It contains of a variety of folders in one box with all necessary tools.
                      Maybe the sell it abroad to. They seek resellers on ther international page: http://www.classei.com/

                      I want to add: I have no personal-relationship to Classei, I'm just a satisfied customer.

                      I have just started adopting the GTD including the outlook add-in and is showeling my way through e-mails etc.. Next step will be the physical items so I am very curious about any useful options out there.
                      For storing other physical objects, I recommend the thread:
                      http://www.davidco.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1440

                      Yours
                      Alexander

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                      • #12
                        Jason Womack has a web page with pictures of his filing cabinet so you can see how the manilla folders look when in use.

                        http://jasonwomack.typepad.com/photo...ed_papers.html

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                        • #13
                          Pendaflex version

                          Hey all fellow GTD practitioners!

                          I just found this product from Esselte on their danish website. I don't know if you can buy these file folders outside Denmark. I am going to try these out as Manila doesn't excist here in Denmark.

                          The danish page:
                          http://www.esselte.dk/daDK/Products/...pper_2892.html


                          Infact, this link show a picture of the file folder i am talking about, if you go down the page to "The Pendaflex Collection".
                          http://www.esselte.co.uk/enGB/Segmen...Archiving.html

                          I hope my finding also help you!

                          Cheers,
                          Kim

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by KNielsen View Post
                            In fact, this link show a picture of the file folder i am talking about, if you go down the page to "The Pendaflex Collection".
                            http://www.esselte.co.uk/enGB/Segmen...Archiving.html
                            Hate to rain on your parade but the Pendaflex range is for hanging filing systems, and I can't see the type of file that you mentioned on the Danish web site on the Pendaflex Collection.

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                            • #15
                              The best of my research into folders

                              Hi,

                              This is the third thread I've seen on the GTD forums on A4 folders, and I'm sure there were earlier ones. I've spent hours sifting through the internet and here are my best finds:

                              Plain manilla, 5 tab, A4-sized file-folders:
                              http://sweden.esselte-catalogues.com...247.33.43.html
                              Unfortunately for most of you reading this, it's in Swedish and I haven't found a UK site for Pendaflex. If you search for "A4" on Pendaflex' US site, you get zero! At any rate, you can call them in Sweden and they'll likely speak English (+468-705 15 00).

                              Thanks to AndyD on the thread http://www.davidco.com/forum/showthread.php?t=8714, I learned about these plastic folders. Now he totally scored on these, because the price he quoted is a fraction of what the store that can order them for me charges. Again Swedish:
                              http://www.esselte.se/svSE/Products/...view_2952.html

                              Most annoyingly, searching Esselte's UK site they don't show up (http://www.esselte.co.uk/enGB/Catego...iew_Range.html).

                              I'm thinking that you should be able to go to any stationary store that sells Pendaflex and have them order either of these products for you. A tickler file with the plastic Easyview folders will cost about £50-60.

                              Hope that helps someone

                              Regards,
                              Christina

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