Home Organization Binder

Find It, Fix It & Let's Order Out! Easy, fast + functional Home Organization Binder for take-out menus, manuals and and more from littlemisscelebration.comLet’s kick off a new year of projects with an easy, useful and helpful craft project! On Friday, I shared my oh-so-hopeful plan to tackle disorganization this year. Do you ever find yourself searching high and low for a manual or directions to one of your appliances or gadgets? Well, we were kind of in that boat this weekend. My niece had put together a cute little book with all of their carry-out menus, which was my inspiration for this project. (Thanks, J!) I thought…let’s have all this stuff in one place where we KNOW we can always find it. Take-outs menus, appliance directions, manuals, you name it – it all goes into this Home Organization Binder, which I’ve named Find It, Fix It and Let’s Eat Out!

This project starts with an inexpensive 1 & ½” or 2” clear view binder and a box of sheet protectors. I had both on hand, bought at Office Depot several years ago, when I planned to organize a lot of my craft information. Obviously, that project never happened!

Find It, Fix It & Let's Order Out! Easy, fast + functional Home Organization Binder for take-out menus, manuals and and more from littlemisscelebration.com

I used a piece of Bazzill textured 12” x 12” white cardstock and trimmed it to fit inside the clear vinyl cover of the binder. Using my Cricut and the Storybook cartridge, I cut my letters from cardstock in colors to match my kitchen – cranberry, sage green, & brown. Once the letters spelling Find It, Fix It and Let’s Eat Out! were adhered with glue and dry, I doodled around the letters with a fine point permanent black marker. I added a few pen & ink Mrs. Grossman’s stickers from my scrapbooking stash – pizza, spaghetti and a knife, fork & spoon. With my marker, I drew a hammer and a magnifying glass – just to add a little something to the cover that went with the title! You could easily use ready-made letters if you don’t have a die-cutting machine. Once the cover page was done, it slipped right into the front of the binder.

Find It, Fix It & Let's Order Out! Easy, fast + functional Home Organization Binder for take-out menus, manuals and and more from littlemisscelebration.com

We don’t want our binder to get lost in shuffle of other stuff in the kitchen! In our house, that could SO happpen! To make the binder really stand out – and because I just love pompoms – I made four pompoms with extra yarn from a still not-yet¬-completed fall project. I laced four strands of yarn around the inside of the binder and tied it tightly around the outside of the binder. The four pompoms were tied onto the yarn and now we have a cute, not to be missed, pompom trimmed binder! :)

Find It, Fix It & Let's Order Out! Easy, fast + functional Home Organization Binder for take-out menus, manuals and and more from littlemisscelebration.com

 

Find It, Fix It & Let's Order Out! Easy, fast + functional Home Organization Binder for take-out menus, manuals and and more from littlemisscelebration.com

I filled the binder with page protectors, and punched holes in pieces of cardstock to act as separators between sections. In went all the take-out menus, appliance manuals, instruction guides – all of those documents and papers that I never seem to think about until we need them. I’m happy to have them all in one spot and guess what? I gained valuable kitchen drawer real estate – two drawers are completely empty – woohoo!

Find It, Fix It & Let's Order Out! Easy, fast + functional Home Organization Binder for take-out menus, manuals and and more from littlemisscelebration.com

Even Mr. Smarty Pants is pretty happy with the home organization binder, although I did get a wisecrack about it being “girlyed up” with the pompoms.

Find It, Fix It & Let's Order Out! Easy, fast + functional Home Organization Binder for take-out menus, manuals and and more from littlemisscelebration.com

This fast, fun and functional project, some empty kitchen drawer space and my first small steps toward a bit of organization has me feeling good! Would a home organization binder help you?

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Hope you enjoyed our first project of 2014 and it provides a little inspiration if you need to get a handle on paper “stuff” in your home. Have a great Monday!

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  1. I think you read my mind on this one, Cindy! I was looking for my oven manual to make sure I was self cleaning correctly and couldn’t find it anywhere! Around the same time, the hubs was looking for a take-out menu with the same results. I am definitely doing this!

    Thanks for helping me to get better organized! I’m looking forward to all of your tips!

    • Alli, you have got to be kidding! No joke, I was also looking for my oven manual and suddenly said, this has GOT to change! It’s such a little thing, but I’m totally excited to have everything in one place and extra drawer space. This is super easy, first baby organizational step! Thank you so much for stopping by today and sharing your story, I can’t believe the same thing happened to both of us!

  2. We have a manual similar to this and it has made life so much easier to keep track of all the instruction manuals. Yours is much prettier though, I might have to update the cover on mine now! I never thought to do this with the takeout menus too, great idea.

    • See, Sharon, you are much more on the ball than I am – it just took me forever to get this all under control! It’s the first little step toward getting organized – I’m not brave enough to tackle the closet yet, but I know you are going to help keep me on track! :) Thank so much for visiting and hope you are having a happy week!

  3. LOL, the pom poms have me laughing on the floor Cindy!! What an awesome idea, I definitely need one. This would be the perfect gift for newlyweds as well, get them started out on the right foot! ;)

    • :) You know, I totally thought of you the entire time I was making those pompoms, lol. Really and truly! What a fantastic idea as a gift for newlyweds – I love it! That way, it won’t take them 30 years to get it under control like me! At least when something blows up, leaks, stops working or I’m too tired to cook, I’m ready!! Thank you so much for your visit, my friend!

  4. How cute is that?! And super functional…love it! I need one of those. ;) I need organization in this New Year….it’s the plan anyway!!
    xo
    Nancy

    • Thanks, Nancy! Oh boy, I need organization with a capital O, my friend! This is such a small step but I’m so excited to actually have a handle on…something! lol Thank you so much for visiting and I know we will inspire one another to keep on organization path – baby steps! ;) xo

  5. Great idea! I could totally use this, especially for the appliance user manuals and the take out menus!!

    • Thanks, Kristin! Yes, those appliance manuals are never to be found when we need them, right? It took me way too many years to do this but I’m so happy I did! :) Thank you so much for visiting and hope you are having a happy – and warm! – week.

  6. Super cute idea Cindy! I like the Let’s Order Out part :-)

    • Thanks, Deb! We always tend to order out on Friday nights – you know how the end of the work week is – now we can actually FIND the menus, lol. Hope you are having a good week and staying warm. Every time I watch the weather channel, I think of you!

  7. Great idea! We have our stuff in an expanding file, but I like the idea of a binder that can sit on a shelf. Congrats on reclaiming two drawers, too :) Stopping by from #DBB

    • Thanks, Lydia! Exactly, having it on shelf makes it easy to get to and yes, I’m pretty excited to have two drawers for the ongoing reorganization! Thanks so much for visiting and hope you are having a great week!

  8. This is an awesome idea, Cindy! I need to get organized…once and for all. Pinned! Have a lovely week.

    Hugs,
    Mary Beth

    • Mary Beth, thank you! This is like one small step for me, but I’m thrilled and the next time I need to figure out how something works, I know exactly where to go – for a change! :) Thanks so much for your visit and the pin. Hope you are having a happy week and stay warm! Hugs!

  9. This is a wonderful idea- maybe when we go through our filing cabinet to clean out old docs we can do this. Pinned!

    • Thank you, Sarah! I can’t believe I good I feel having this one thing organized. Thanks so much for your visit and the pin. Hope you are having a wonderful week!

  10. What a great idea, Cindy! My husband always tucks the appliance booklets and such up in the cupboard above the fridge…but usually can never find them when there is some kind of emergency! Love the menu ideas, too. I’ll have to let me sis know about this because she has a ton of menus laying around at her house. Have a great rest of your day, my friend!

    • Thanks, Gloria! Isn’t the truth, we can never find something when we need it? Our paper, booklets, menus and such was so out of control, it was ridiculous! :) Plus, I got to make pompoms! :) Thank you so much for your visit and hope you are having a good and not freezing TOO much!

  11. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes says:

    Love this idea, Cindy! It’s one of those things that I ask myself why I didn’t think of that … I hate searching for those appliance booklets! pinned!

    • Jamie, thank you so much and for the pin! I know exactly what you mean – I was searching for my oven manual for like two hours this weekend! I feel so happy to have this done AND a couple of extra drawers in the process (it’s the little things, right?) Hope you are having a great week!

      • Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes says:

        Hi Cindy! Just stopping by to let you know you are one of he features at tonight’s party :) Be sure to grab a featured button if you would like one! We can’t wait to see what you share this week!

  12. Genius! I gotta do this, then my junk drawer won’t be so junky :)

    • Thanks, Alex – in addition to not finding things when we need them, my junk drawers (plural!) were really junky! I’m so excited to have 2 empty drawers, which I’d better organize quickly or you know they’ll be junky again in no time, lol. Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great week!

  13. The binder looks beautiful and it’s very usufull to have all the manuals in one place. And the restaurants to order out. An excelent idea, I think I’ll do one like that for us here. Thank you for sharing.

    • Hi Joanna! Thank you so much for your kind visit and comment – it is helpful to have these things organized. We never seemed to be able to find anything when we need it! I’d love to see yours in if you make one! Hope you are having a happy week!

  14. So cute and a great way to stay organized! I love it! Thanks for linking up at Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop. I pinned it!
    Blessings,
    Diane Roark
    http://www.recipesforourdailybread.com

  15. Good idea…I could use a manual or 2 to get myself a little less scattered. Love the unisex design of your manual. :) Blessings, D@TheShadyPorch

    • Hi D! Thank you so much and isn’t it true that we can all use a little help in the organizational department – I know I can use a lot of help! So kind of you to visit and I appreciate it very much! Hope you are having a wonderful week!

  16. I love everything you do. But this is one project I can’t wait to do!!!! This isn’t optional but a must. I must confess over my holiday blog break I honestly missed you. Your sweetness, ideas and sincereness. Thanks for everything but especially your ideas. Xoxo san

    • San, I saw your wonderful comment this morning but had to dash off to work early. This is just the sweetest thing ever and you brought tears to my eyes! Truly, this was the sunshine to my entire day! Thank you so much, I am touched beyond words. Honestly, I am not the most organized person but I am taking baby steps in 2014 and this binder is the first step – but it feels so good to have all this stuff together plus a few empty drawers as a bonus! Ok, now if you make one, you MUST share it so I can see it! Thank you so much for such a wonderful and lovely comment!! Hope your week is happy and fabulous! xoxo

  17. This is awesome idea!!!! We always have problems trying to find those manuals and stuff! Pinning!

    XOXO
    Cami

    • Thanks, Cami – it seems like a lot of us can relate to – where is that book?? – when something goes off kilter around the house! Thank you so much for the pin and more for your visit! Hope you are having a great week! xo

  18. What a cute looking binder and a great idea too, love the pom, poms!!

    • Heather, it’s my first small 2014 step toward getting a little more organized…and having a little fun with it, too! Thank you so much for visiting!

  19. You are so smart! Our manuals are all over the place! I NEED this in my life! Love the pom poms :) Thanks so much for sharing! XOXO

    • Thanks, Christy! So were ours – I actually spent more time searching for them all then I did making this project (that is SO not good!) It’s my first small step to getting a little organized this year, and I’m tickled with my little forward progress. Thanks so much for the party and hope you are having a great week AND staying warm! xo

  20. So cute Cindy- way to keep all that important stuff together!!

    • Thanks, Krista! For once, if somethings goes haywire around here, I’m ready! :) Thank you so much for visiting and hope you are having a great week!

  21. Love those pom-poms on the side… so cute!

    • Thanks, Maryann! At least I know if I can’t find the book – look for the pompoms! :) Thank you so much for visiting and have a happy weekend!

  22. I love this idea. We have something similar that was left for us by the previous owners of the house. But I love the cute decor and adding the take-out menus!!

    • Thanks, Nichi! A friend on FB mentioned that the previous homeowner of her house had done something similar, too! That is such a wonderful thing and Lisa had the idea that this would make a great gift for newlyweds, too, which I love! Thank you so much for visiting – hope you have a happy weekend and some fun with the family! :)

  23. Such a great idea!

  24. How cute! And what a fun idea! I love it!

  25. I’ll take 2, one for me, and one for my sister. How much :) (joking, but now you know how much I liked it!)

    • Oh, that’s so sweet that you asked for your sister, too! Julie, you are so funny & kind (and you know I would absolutely make you two if you want!!!) Thank you so much for visiting and hope yo have a wonderful (and warm!) weekend!

  26. Here’s to staying organized (and eating out more)
    Kelly

  27. This is GENIUS! Its pinned for sure!!!! Thanks for sharing on DIY Sunday Showcase!
    Shelly
    minettesmaze.blogspot.com

    • Thank you, Shelly, for the party, the pin and your sweet visit! It’s definitely helpful to have that stuff in one place and we are actually surprised by how much we’ve reached for that book already! Hope you have a wonderful week!

  28. My planner functions as my organization binder, but it’s nowhere near as cute as yours! Thanks for linking up at Family Fun Friday! I’m featuring you tomorrow :)

    • Sarah, thank you so much! It’s so sweet of you to visit and thanks so much for the party – looking forward to the next one! Hope you are having a great week!

  29. So glad you were featured Cindy! Totally cute organizer…so need to follow your example! So glad you linked up at Family Fun Friday! Blessings!

  30. This is exactly what I need to do!! Being organized is so less stressful!! So glad to featured it at Freedom Fridays With All My Bloggy Friends!!

    Hugs my sweet and clever Friend!!

    ps PINNED!

    • Hi Evelyn! I was so excited and thanks so much for featuring this. It seems like such a small thing but wow, it’s nice to know we can actually find something – which isn’t the norm around here! :) Now, to tackle some of the other gazillion projects. One small step at a time! Thank you so much for the pin, party and most of all, visit! Hugs right back to you!

  31. I NEED to do this! For years I’ve had a filing cabinet drawer filled with old manuals. At the point I’m sure I’ve thrown away or given away half of the products but still have all the paperwork. I pinned this so I can remember to do this project when I tackle my basement later this year. Congrats on being featured on Family Fun Friday!

    • Thank you so much, Stephanie! I know exactly what you mean! When I started on the drawers, I found manuals for things that have been gone for years, lol. It feels so good, though, to know now we can get our hands quickly on something when we need it. It’s one little organizational victory – 1,000′s more to go! :) Thank you so much for the party and your kind visit. Enjoy a wonderful and happy weekend!

  32. Cindy a book like this has been on my to do list for months- I LOVE it! Pinning!! Thank you so much for linking up your organization project with Get Your DIY On- I hope you’ll join us for Feb’s theme, projects that you Love. See you on the 2nd!!

    Mandy @ The Hankful House Blog

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