I love when I create a project that solves a real legitimate problem. I love pretty eye-candy projects, too. But I feel so useful when I can create something that solves a problem around the house. The ideas really flow for me that way.
Yesterday, mr. oopsey daisy needed some help organizing his office. (Yes, he has an office and I have a craft room. We are so lucky!!) Organization is a tricky issue in our house. I love organization. And so does mr. oopsey daisy. But no matter how I try to help his organization, he simply doesn't put things away. So we are always re-organizing!
Yesterday, I spontaneously created this file organization system using an old cardboard box and a magazine file. Halfway through the project, I realized I should be taking pictures to share this little solution-to-our-problem with you!
THE PROBLEM: THE CLUTTER
When I told the mister that I would be taking pictures of his clutter, he hurried to organize his papers into neat piles. Sadly, it is not usually this neat. He doesn't want to put away his most important papers, so he just leaves them out on top of the desk. And then those important receipts or notes written on tiny business cards somehow get lost in those piles! I really wanted his desk surface clean, so we worked on a solution to the organization problem!
We needed somewhere to stow away all of those important current papers and action items. So I started out with this magazine file that we already had around the house. To prevent those important little papers from getting lost, I knew that we needed to create some dividers.
Next, I raided the ever-growing pile of boxes. We have no furniture in our entry yet so we have been creating towers of cardboard boxes instead! So I snagged one of the boxes and used my exacto knife to cut out 5 cardboard dividers.
I had to open up a few boxes, but I found my scrapbook paper in the stash! What a happy sight. I love scrapbook paper!
I decided to cover each cardboard divider with scrapbook paper. I just traced it, cut out the paper, and glued it on. I was creaful to select some of my more "manly" papers! (If that's even possible!)
I carefully hot glued each divider into the magazine holder to be sure they would stand up on their own.
Spur of the moment, I created some tabs using some green vinyl.
I LOVE the fact that we have a very useful system here and didn't spend a penny. (I need more projects like this!)
THE SOLUTION: ORGANIZATION
Ahhhh. So much better than the piles all over the desk don't you think? This represent compromise perfectly. He gets to keep his important papers out on his desk, and I love the organization! Win, win.
Now will the organization last? Fingers crossed!
Come back tonight for Wednesday's Wowzers! I can't wait!