diy pocket folders


I recently had to find some paperwork and ended up spending 20 minutes digging it all up from four different locations, and ain’t nobody got time for that. I decided to spend 45 minutes/one podcast culling and filing.

Step 1: Cull

  • Get rid of what you don’t need. Recycle what you can and shred what you need to.

Step 2: Organize 

  • Sort your items into categories. Mine are:
    • Health/medical: test results, physio handouts, prescription info etc.
    • Riggins: all things doggo
    • Products: user manuals, warranties, etc.
    • Taxes: items to be submitted next tax season
    • Financial: receipts, invoices, bills, etc.

Step 3: File 

I don’t really have space for filing cabinet and I have some classic IKEA magazine holders so what I really needed was folders with pockets. I was fresh out of those, but I did have these adorable folders (from Indigo) just sitting around looking pretty, so I figured I could turn them into something more functional.

It was dead easy and dirt cheap. Here’s what I did.


  • Folder
  • Cardstock
  • Ruler
  • Adhesive (I used double-sided tape but a good glue would work, too)
  • Scissors
  1. Decide how big you want your pocket to be and add 1″ on two of the four sides. Cut.VSCO Cam-1-1
  2. Fold 1″ on two sides.

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3. Glue the flaps to the folder.

4. Fill with items.

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Now take a break and admire your hard work. You’ve earned it.

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