September 14, 2010

Getting Organized

Is it just me or do other people have a problem with mail and paperwork taking over their kitchen table and counters?  I have the best intentions of being organized but I often fall short, especially when it comes to paperwork.  I have a filing cabinet in the office upstairs, but most of the time I feel lazy and don't want to run up and down the stairs to file something.  I saw this idea on Alyssa's blog and thought I would give it a try.

I found this cute file holder at Big Lots for super cheap.


Then I stumbled upon these file folders at Michaels.  They were on sale - 50 cents for a 4 pack.  Score!


The idea is to keep the filing system around where you open your mail so things get filed right away. Then every week or so you transfer everything to your primary file cabinet.  So far it's been working great!

Thanks for the idea Alyssa!

Linked to: Toot Your Horn Tuesday @ A Silly Little Sparrow, Make It Yours @ My Backyard EdenPony Tails and Fish Scales, My Romantic HomeRemodelaholic's Anonymous, Organize It @ Thrifty Decor Chick

26 comments:

Krista@thegatheringplacedesign said...

Oh, I have the same problem! I always feel overtaken by paper clutter. ;) This is great and would look much better on my counter than a stack of papers. I am feeling inspired!

Thanks for your visit and lovely comment...always appreciated!

Maggie said...

That is awesome - our kitchen is totally cluttered with paper, I'm going to need to look for something like that.

Alyssa said...

Emily your filing system looks great (and super cute!!). I'm glad the post motivated you to give it a try - thanks for the shout out!

Alyssa

Marla @ Always Nesting said...

That's a great idea! I always wind up with a pile on top of my daytimer and then the mess obscures my to do list. A file would be much better for me.

Tasha said...

I love when I can get more organzied. Go you!

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Suzanne said...

I love organizational posts. Doesn't mean I'm organized, but my intentions are good!

Heather@myeverydaygraces said...

Efficient, attractive and easy! I think you might even get me organized with this idea! Love the file folders too:)

alissa said...

Love it Emily! I especially like the file box you found. I do something similar in one of those expandable file things - it's not nearly as good looking as yours and definitely not counter worthy! I keep my stamps, address labels, and checkbook there so everything I need is in one spot. Hope you are having a good week so far!

Bette said...

Nope not just you... I have the EXACT same problem. I love your idea... and I think I'm going to give it a try (as I spy the large paper pile on the counter)

Jamara @ My NW Nest said...

Love it!! Think I might be copying this one.

Beverly @ FlamingoToes.com said...

This is great! I need one for mail. Do you think they ake one for craft projects?? haha. My craft/dining room needs some help.

Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden said...

Great idea! I always have a mountain of paperwork stacked on my counter. I definitely need this!

Thanks for sharing at My Backyard Eden!

Room to Inspire said...

I have to agree with everyone else - I always have one (okay, maybe a couple more) stacks of paper on my counters. This would be a great way to organize and clean up my kitchen!

Chelsea

Wendy said...

What a great idea and looks so pretty! It always feels good to be organized!

Kara said...

Great idea!! I made my mail holder for this, but since I work from home, I always have papers everywhere!

Greta said...

That looks awesome! I need to do something like that with school papers/notes.

Tere said...

Great idea! I am a new follower and am heading to Big Lots in search of a file system. I created a space for one in my kitchen as my stack of mail is looking at me waiting for it's new home! :o)

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LUCKY 7 DESIGN said...

Cool idea...I cant tell you how much clutter I had on the counter. I now have junk baskets and drawers everywhere else. lol I have to tell you that I went through your recipe archives and Im loving a ton of your recipes. Im doing my grocery shopping tomorrow and will be adding some of your ingredients so that I can try some out. Thanks alot for sharing such good stuff.

Denise said...

Great Idea! Now, if I could only get my cutting board and material off of the Dining Table! Off to steal some of those recipes!
Happy Thursday

Laura said...

Great idea, but super cute too! I'm going to big lots tommorrow!

Terry said...

Thanks for commenting on my blog! I too, have a file set up similiar to yours. I love it and my kids love to check and see if they have anything in their file.

Dredd said...

hmmm now you're giving me idea, I will surely try it, thanks a bunch for sharing!

Take care/Dredd

Melanie said...

Great idea and so cute!

Sarah @ Sugar Bananas! said...

SO SO SO Cute! ...and what a great deal. I also have the same problem with papers taking OVER my kitchen. Thanks for this very cute idea!

Sarah

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I love this, Emily! And they look like they are meant to go together, too! I love those file folders from Michael's. Every so often I pick up a package for my business. They work well as "consultation" folders when I don't need to write a whole bunch of info on the front {like my actual project folders}.