Favourite Organising Tools #2 – Plastic Display Folders


studyOr as we call them here in South Africa – FLIPFILES

So what are flipfiles?

Handy clear plastic files, neatly bound in book format. Slim and light for easy handling, storage and carrying. Anti-static-allows quick insertion and withdrawal of documents. Will not lift ink from photocopies.
Outer-cover insert replaceable with users own title page.

Source: http://www.paperpeople.co.uk/flipfiles.html

Why I love them

  1. You can have lots of categories
  2. They take up very little space
  3. They come in 10-page, 20-page and 30-page
  4. They are perfect for the lazy organiser – no punching, you just slip the pages inside the plastic sleeves.

My uses

  1. Health
  2. Fitness
  3. Creativity
  4. Passion
  5. Financial
  6. Personal Control Journal
  7. Marcia’s organising file


  1. Christmas ideas
  2. Recipes – one each for biscuits (cookies), main dishes, muffins (I love making muffins – what can I say?!)
  3. Household Organising File
  4. Appliance manuals (blue file in picture below)


  1. Storage solutions
  2. Business control journal
  3. Workshops – one for each workshop (goal-setting, time management, discover yourself, etc.)


The ones that live in my study
(top of the page)

(right side)

From the kitchen
(top left)

appliance manuals – one pocket per manual
(middle left)

(lower left)

1. What do you call flipfiles?
2. What do you use them for?


5 thoughts on “Favourite Organising Tools #2 – Plastic Display Folders

  • March 11, 2008 at 12:02 pm

    Anyone know where to find these in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA? or what they are called in US?

  • March 11, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    I was just searching on Staples.com and I *think* they’re called clear report covers.

  • March 12, 2008 at 7:48 am

    Hi Deanna & Wendy

    Thanks for commenting!

    This is from my friend, Suzanne’s blog:

    “For those of you in the States, you can order these through Staples. I picked mine up in the section where the Presentation Folders are.”

    Suzanne’s blog is at http://suzannesfavs.blogspot.com

    Kind regards
    Marcia Francois
    Time & Organising Coach ~ Speaker ~ Author
    ** Don’t forget to visit http://takechargesolutions.org to get your f-r-e-e book, 100 surefire ways to organise your busy life, and the rest of your organising success pack

  • March 13, 2008 at 4:13 am

    Here in Canada we call them “clear presentation books” and can be found in business supply stores like Staples and also in some of the dollar / discount stores. I personally like the 20 page books

  • March 13, 2008 at 4:22 am

    I was also going to add. I find them useful for my in-progress workshop projects at work. Has saved my work from coffee stains numerous times.

    For personal use, I carry one in my briefcase for the articles I read while commuting ie. torn out magazine articles, any odds ‘n ends of reading material.

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