There are three items you will need for this filing system. Firstly you need a ring binder - usually A4 size in Europe, and Letter in the US. I tend to buy a lot on ebay, so would suggest trying that first for the best price. Better to have a 3 or 4 ring version - in Europe, the 4 ring 'D' shape is great, as it holds pages very securely. I also like the ones with clear plastic pockets all around, as you can then customise the spine and front cover (and back as well if you like). The ones I bought were 1.65 pounds each (US $3.34). In Europe, here is an option from ebay
, and here is one from viking direct
. In the USA, these people
have a good price (US $2.13), if you are happy to buy boxes of 12.
The pages I use in the files are a "Zip Punched Pocket" from Rexel - again, I got these on ebay from here
as they worked out at only 16 pence (US $0.33) each. In the US, try something like this
The final item is a pile of 'zip lock' or 'grip seal' bags - again ebay was where I got mine from
, but they are also available from packaging stores, like this one in the US
. The 3 inch by 2.25 inch size I find great for small parts, as it is the perfect size for electronic items like strips of resistors, but you might also want some larger ones as well.
If you shop around, you can buy a handful of folders, 50 punched pockets, and 1000 zip lock bags for under 25 pounds (US $50.00) - this will be enough to completely organise thousands of small parts!