What to Keep–the prong book for reference and data.

Below is an illustration of the prong books that I keep for reference data printed from pdf’s and government sites on taxation.  I find that this is a convenient way of keeping this type of data in the smallest amount of space. 

I use Acco prong Fasteners 8 1/2” by  3 1/2” in height.  A three hole punch and everything is held in place.  Some construction paper or card stock on the front and back to give it a bit of stability and it is good to go.  To keep the prongs in place a plane sheet folded as below will keep the prongs from popping out of the track.  I find that these are better then binder as they take up less space, are very easy to fix and when dropped they do not open to a slew of papers that may never make it back in order.  I have tendinitis in both wrist and I drop everything at some point in time so I know the last statement to be very true!

I have used this method with envelopes for receipts by date.  It works well and I can post the process if any one is interested. 

 

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Insert the colored protector page under the last sheet of paper and before the craft paper, ensure that it is above the bottom prong.

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This is how it will look from the top.

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Pull it firmly but not too hard so that is between the two unfastened prongs.

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Lay the sheet flat and attach the fastener above the colored paper.

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Pull the paper tight against the fastener.

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Flip the whole book upside down.

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Fold the paper corners together to make a big point.

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Pull till tight and then slip under the back prong fastener.

 

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Label as desired. 

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