All year I have struggled with the influx of papers. Papers from school, from preschool, from three Sunday School classes, from Wednesday night club. I managed to juggle everything and purge what needed to be chucked and save what I wanted, but there were often piles of things waiting for Mike to see or just sitting around on the counter or couch or desk because I hadn't decided what I was doing with them yet. I have had, in my mind, a plan for dealing with such a mess for quite some time, but only just got to it. You know, after all those paper producing programs were finished.
Here's what I came up with for a hall closet door right next to our kitchen:
I used outdoor decorator fabric that I've had for years, leftover from covering my kitchen chairs the time before last. I didn't have a long enough single piece to simply fold it up and make a pocket and just keep going, so I made the pockets and then sewed them on. That actually ended up kind of nice as I got a double pocket. Each pocket has an identifying initial on it and is currently still coming in handy for holding summer journals (composition books were 25 cents at my Walmart. 25 CENTS, people!! I don't know how you feel about Walmart, heck I don't know how I feel about Walmart all the time, but I bought 12. Just sayin.') and the boys' summer reading lists. I am disappointed that I didn't think about the fact that they wouldn't lie flat with heavy notebooks in them, so that is currently making me crabby. But mostly, they're helping me organize a small thing in my life that can really be a big mess.
Now if I could just figure out what to do with the rest of the piles around here ;-)