Last May Once upon a time while we were still house hunting I created this “home decor binder” to hold all of my magazine pages for inspiration. I gave it a cute cover.
I added some “thickers” to make the inside cute. Because if you are a scrapbooker you know that thickers make everything cute.
Except it wasn’t. This binder has driven me crazy for the past year and because I am now using it almost daily, I knew it was time for a better system. The problem was that it was too much work for me to keep punching holes in the pages. Seems like such a little thing, but when you are constantly putting pages in and pulling pages out it becomes a pain and before long, my binder looked like this…
with all of the pages clumped together at the front and spilling out all over the place because I kept thinking I’d punch and categorize them later.
Problem with that thinking is that I have no time right now for laters.
Then (as I mentioned yesterday) I went back to Staples to bask in Martha’s office supplies once again and what did I find!? ANOTHER aqua accordion file!? Only LARGE! How did I miss that the first time!? I knew in an instant it was the perfect solution to update my home decor binder and make it more user friendly (ok – more Erin friendly). :)
I dashed home and the second Kole was down for a nap I pulled all of my magazine clippings out of my old home decor binder and got to work re-organizing everything in piles.
And a pile for everything else I could come up with that I need to remember for the new house. Whenever I categorize things in piles like this whether it’s magazine clippings, photos for an album, kids’ school work, toys … whatever it is… I always tear apart sticky notes to quickly label each pile. Then everything is in order out in front of me and I can start on the next step.
It easily fit all of my magazine clippings with room to spare. And I have a lot of magazine clippings!
Then it folds up nice and snug with the grey band that goes around the bottom. Which is another huge bonus. Much thinner and easier to store than that bulky binder. Now I don’t have to worry about punching holes to keep things organized. And it’s a breeze to find any inspiration picture I need in a snap. Win Win. I’ll take it! :)
So now you know why I’ve been smiling lately. My new built-in binder and home decor file are working like magic! In fact, I have another idea of something else that needs organizing around here. And it just so happens that once again, this large accordion file would make a fabulous solution!