I wish that I had taken a "before" picture because saying that my home office was a hot mess, would be the understatement of the year! As I mentioned in an earlier post, I finally convinced my hubby to buy a new computer, so we were both motivated to finally do something about the office/crafting room. We made a lot of donations, moved a few things to the attic for storage and got rid of tons-o-stuff. It felt great!
As I was going through stuff, I realized there were a few areas that needed a little organization, but I really didn't want to have to purchase anything new to do that. It was time to put on my Crafty Hat. As the office/crafting room cleaning process began, I continually found more and more greeting cards. This would be my #1 crafting mission for the day.
Create an Organizational System for Greeting Cards
I am always looking for things at the Dollar Store. Sometimes I see the cheapo stuff and can immediately visualize what I want to do with it. Other times, I just buy it and decide to come up with a use for it later. In this particular case, I happened to have this storage box lying around from a purchase I made a few months ago.
I laid a piece of cardstock on the front of the box and traced the shape. This would serve as my template for the dividers. I looked through all of my greeting cards and grouped them into categories. I had about 10 different stacks so I created divider tabs for the different categories with round labels.
I drew a faint line on the back of the labels, marking the middle of the circle. This allowed me to glue the labels onto the dividers uniformly.
I'm guessing this would have been enough, but I am going to laminate mine for durability. (I haven't gotten around to that step yet.)
And to further organize this system, I created a Birthdays and Anniversaries Calendar. I shrunk it to a size that would fit in the storage box (but stick up a little further). I punched a hole, added a ring and some coordinating ribbon just to dress it up.
I also had some spare fabric storage boxes in my daughter's closet, so I decided to use these to store random office items such as extra supplies, electronic cords, envelopes of various sizes, etc..
I wanted to be able to label these boxes, so I created these editable round labels. You can download the editable PDF form HERE. Simply type into the round label, print the pages you want on card stock and cut out (I use a circle punch to speed up the process.) These will be great around the house or in the classroom.