Filing With Binders – Cards

Another project in my quest to get my life organized.

This entire project was started because I had the flu & couldn’t get out to get my best friend a birthday card.  We have been friends for 40 years so she understood, but I can’t tell you how badly I felt.  This will never happen again, thanks to this binder.  It was so easy to put together & everything is now right at my fingertips.

Filing With Binders - Cards

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Filing With Binders – Household

I don’t like filing.  There’s no other way to say it.  The file drawer looks wonderful at the beginning of the year, but by the middle of the year, the files get messy & when you’re in a hurry, it’s hard to find the things that you’re looking for.  When they become disorganized & you can’t find things, tempers become short & pressure builds.  I’ve been known to have more than one panic attack because of these disorganized files.  There had to be a better way.

I’ve always liked binders.  I think I got hooked on them when I was in college.  Each class had it’s own color coded binder with all of the relevant subcategories.  Because of these binders, I never had an assignment that I couldn’t find, I always found my notes for upcoming tests & I always knew where my reference material was.  It was organized & I felt comfortable with it.  This is how the ‘light bulb’ came on.  I would organize my household files into binders.

Filing With Binders - Household

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My Household Reference Book

This is a little book that I started carrying in my purse because in all honesty, I could never remember the number for my vacuum cleaner bags.  (They say the memory is the first to go, lol)  I used to keep index cards in my purse with numbers & sizes of the items that I purchase often.  Needless to say, the pile of cards was starting to get thick & taking up way too much room in my purse.  I needed a new way to organize all of the information that was on those cards.  The solution?  A small hard backed notebook.

My Household Reference Book

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Organizing Under the Kitchen Sink

Usually, once I get something organized, it stays that way.  But the area under my kitchen sink was driving me nuts.  The biggest culprit was all of the boxes of food wrap.  I’d pull one out, and the rest of them would go where ever they wanted to go.  I needed something to corral them.  I’ve been searching on Pinterest, YouTube & the Internet.  I couldn’t find anything that I liked.  I thought about doing the stack of fence posting that Alejandra Costello used, but I didn’t think it would work for the area that I had.  Here’s what I came up with:

Organizing Under the Kitchen Sink

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Organizing The Freezer

When I opened the freezer & things started to fall out, I knew I had to think of a way to get it organized.  When it happened the second time, landing on my foot, it was the wake up call that I needed to get it done.  (frozen things hurt!)

I started to do some research online, but most of them included items that were very expensive and specific to certain things.  I wanted to customize it myself & I wanted FREE.

This is what I came up with:

Organizing the Freezer

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Organizing Ribbon Roses

While I’ve been on my organizing mission, after reorganizing my ribbon, I started on my ribbon roses.  I searched the Internet for ideas to organize them, while still making them easy to get to.  I searched Pinterest, YouTube, Google images & Google.  All I could find were posts for making ribbon roses.

I’m sure other crafters out there have the same issues that I’ve had.  I actually came up with the idea because of a dream.  I was lost in a sea of ribbon roses & then the answer hit me.  It was so simple!

This is how I organized this mess:

Organizing Ribbon Roses

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Reorganizing My Ribbon

The past week, I was pretty much useless.  My back was out so badly that just standing to do dishes was painful.  Anything but light housework was out of the question.  The only time I didn’t hurt was when I was laying down or sitting.  Thank God for my chiropractor.  I’m pretty much back to my usual self.

Needless to say, I was getting antsy.  I needed to do something.  Reorganizing sounded like a plan.  And this project could be done while sitting.  I had my ribbon very organized, but after a year, and lots of crafting, the drawer was becoming a disaster.  You can see how I had the craft room organized here.

So, with the help of some poster board and some sequin pins, it’s now looking so organized.  And it was easy to do.  I actually did it while I was watching TV.

Reorganizing My Ribbon

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Organizing Christmas Ornaments

I’ve finally finished up my Christmas ornament re-organizing.  It’s something that I’ve been wanting to do for a while now.  The ornaments are kept in our barn (which is actually a glorified, large, 2 story shed).  Although the things that are stored in there stay dry, they are subject to heat & cold.  The usual labels on the boxes don’t hold up well.  They’ve buckled & faded over the years.  This year, it will be different.

New Labels for organizing

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Organizing Earrings

I thought I’d show you how I organize my earrings.  I’ve seen them organized online using framed screens, egg cartons, and even storing them on trays, but that drives me nuts.  All it takes is bumping it once & you have a huge mess that can take hours to reorganize.  And I really don’t have all that much room to store my earrings like that.  If you read my post on Makeup Storage, you know that I like to have all of things close together, so that when I’m getting ready, I don’t have to run all over the place.  Once my make-up is on, and my hair is done, the last things I put on are my earrings & watch, and I’m out the door.  It’s like a one stop shop.

How do you take all of this and store it in a section that’s 5″ wide, 7″ deep, and 6″ high?

Organizing Earrings

Once I thought it out, it was actually easy.

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