Put-It-Away Saturday

I am slowly working my way through my house, trying to restore order, and finding new solutions in organization (and purging all along the way).  I thought some of you might be interested in my best organization find of the week, and so that will be my Saturday post for a while.  A major emphasis will be on my quilting/sewing/crafting room , but today I’m starting with my kitchen counter.  I didn’t take a “before” picture, so I looked for a reasonable facsimile on line (hahaha):

While I was trolling on line for a sewing room ideas, I found a great counter solution instead on Lovely Craft Home.  This is similar to other systems I’ve seen but this one was JUST RIGHT for me.

The supplies are simple:  a desk-top file container (bought at Office Max for $8.99), some hanging files, a couple of binder clips, and some files labels.  You could also add a pencil cup and a magazine holder.


I added a magazine rack laying on its back alongside for my personal planner, a journal, and a couple of notebooks.  Yes, I am a notebook junkie!

I like our family calendar clipped to the side of the file box.  If I wanted a cleaner look for company (or wanted the calendar to be more private), I will just turn the calendar to the wall.   This particular desk file is rigid, and I can tip the whole thing on its side to write on the calendar without unclipping it.  The old home for the calendar was on the side of the refrigerator.  Every once in a while, it would fall down between the cabinet and the ‘fridge.  Well, that problem is history!


I have a place for a birthday list, action items, coupons, addresses, quilting (paper items waiting to go down to the sewing room), recipes that haven’t made it to a book yet, things I want to save temporarily, a personal one where I put a couple of medical notes I want to keep handy, and a travel folder.  I’m sure I’ll be doing some editing of these categories, but it’s a good starting point.

Everything is at hand, and I’m done straightening and re-straightening my paper piles.

2 thoughts on “Put-It-Away Saturday”

  1. Oh Sue… I’m so glad I’m not the only one working on that problem right now! I’ve always said that I was part dog – a Setter… you know – I set stuff here… set stuff over there…
    I do like the small hanging file – right now I’m using a paper size bin – but with everything laying flat its hard to sort thru and find stuff and so just becomes a neater looking pile of stuff.

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