I'm trying to find out what would be a good way to store my (academic) paperwork. Over the course of the past years in university, I've collected insane amounts of printed out academic articles, thesis material, reports and papers and other pieces of text (next to the large collection of books). They are all A4 sized (though most of them are printed to where two A4 fit on one landscape page, to save on paper). I'm thinking I prefer a way of filing them alphabetically on author, so they'll be easy to find back when I need a reference or look something up. I thought about sticking them into binders/file folders with abc tabs in it, but that would require punching holes in them and I don't really like that. Some of them are printed out so closely to the side of the paper or otherwise my notes are in the sideline and sticking them in a binder would punch the holes through the text and that just sucks.
I would just love to buy one of these filing cabinets. They might not have the greatest look, but they are just sooo practical, ideal to archive lots of paperwork (it would really help declutter the study as well, since my husband is just terribly bad at archiving so there's paperwork stuck everywhere and it's impossible to find anything back that I* didn't file in an appropriote binder myself ;)). I used to have a small one, that would fit under my desk, with one large filing drawer and two smaller drawers for other desk knicknacks, and loved it. However, I kind of don't want to spend money on buying pieces of furniture right now since we are in proces of selling our current house and will be moving to our new one late next year. For starters, the house is crowded enough as it is already, and we shouldn't add new furniture to make it even fuller before we sell the house. Second, I don't want to buy a piece of furniture that might not fit in the new house after we move. So my filing cabinet will just have to wait I am afraid ;) Other options might be filing boxes or such? Any of you have experience with that? I know it would work fine for storing, but do they also work when you need to be able to take out stuff easily still?
edit: I couldn't help but browse the IKEA website some for other filing cabinet options. I kinda like this one too (I love the extra set of drawers behind the big one (see second pic on the weblinky), it's a lot smaller, would fit the colors of the other pieces of furniture in the study so I'm sure we could find a new spot for it after we move as well.