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Apr 17, 2013
Organize Your Files Week: Handy Gear for Families
From receipts and medical records to kids art and photos, arrange your archives with these awesome office assets – in honor of this April holiday
Whew! You made it through tax day – and you swear that next year, you'll be more organized. Well, here's the motivation to get you on the right track, right now. The third week in April is Organize Your Files Week, and we here at Metro Parent scanned the web for the precise products to declutter your desktop.
Looking to lighten your load of paperwork? The NeatReceipts Scanner by Neat can take on the task. This mobile scanner and filing system identifies and extracts information from forms and automatically organizes it for you. Available for PCs or Macs at Staples for about $180.
Paying bills can be a bummer – in more ways than one. Stay organized with BillTracker Lite. This app allows you to track due dates, amount due, confirmation numbers, complete history for each account and more. Check it out at the iTunes store. The best part? It's free.
Assemble all your medical information in one easy-to-grab binder that's ready when you need to run to the ER or a routine visit to the doctor. This one, by GreenPear, is designed by a nurse to be patient-friendly. It's also Earth-friendly and lightweight. Get it at GreenPear Health's website for about $36.
Photo management got you freaking out? Look no further – the Zoner Photo Studio steps up to the plate. Download, sort, edit, print and share your pics in no time with features like Sort Pictures and Batch Edits, as well as tutorials for creative editing. Download the program for free from the Zoner Photo Studio website.
Documents and important papers don't belong in a dark, damp corner of the basement. Store them in this upright archival storage box made from archival material, featuring a buffering agent to repel atmospheric pollution. Great for records, collectibles and artwork, too. Get it at The Container Store for around $30.
Speaking of storing, what do you do with your budding artist's crafty creations? Get the Artkive app from the iTunes store. This app, voted pick of the year for 2012 by Cool Mom Tech, allows you to upload photos of adorable artwork and share with family members. Find it at iTunes for free!
Need some old-fashioned desktop storage, not the PC kind? This onyx mesh desktop tub file by Safco does the job nicely. It fits folder-sized letters, features integrated handles for easy portability and folds away when not in use. Get it at Amazon.com for around $26.