01 May 2007

Get paper under control with 3-ring binders

Louise's paper organizing secret:

View binders (3-ring binders with a clear vinyl overlay on the covers) are an organizing favorite. I use them for organizing everything from my Christmas information, notes and ideas, to the appliance manuals and receipts, to articles that I have pulled out of magazines (to get rid of the paper clutter in the house.)  Also, each kid has a notebook, where I keep school reports, medical and immunization info and other relevant paperwork.

Here's the fun part:  I use wrapping paper to decorate the outside of each notebook-  so my Christmas notebook has holly paper,  my gardening notebook has a floral paper, and I let my boys choose papers for their notebooks (cars and dinosaurs), and the manual notebook has a striped paper.  That way, I can grab the one I need easily and they look great on the shelf as well.

Whatever papers you need to reference often, or things you only need once a year and have to hunt for, are both great candidates for this sort of order--  I have an idea/wish notebook, a craft notebook, and a household upkeep notebook, where I keep things like paint color information and the dates and receipts from when we have work done.  Make it work for you!

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Great idea! And I like the wrapping paper technique. Another way (albeit more time consuming) is to make themed-collage covers, which would also be a fun project for the kids (and a way to recycle all those magazines!). A recipe binder could have a food collage cover and the childrens' individual binders could just be collages of whatever their favorite things are.

And if you have more money and less time, you could buy some attractive binders - different ones for different things.

Here are some binders to consider: http://jdorganizer.blogspot.com/2007/03/3-ring-binders-now-we-are-12.html

This is a great idea that I'll probably will put to use.

I use those view binders for scrapbooking layout ideas that I tear off of magazines for easy reference and I've used one previously to collect decorating information before moving into our new home. As I found a look or idea/item/furniture I liked from magazines or web, I put them there.

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