Let’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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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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