Thursday, 28 January 2010

Storage Solutions

I'm trying to blog every day this week and hit a mental block today as I'm tying and binding Quilt #26 for a little girl in GA.

So I decided to blog about how I store all those useful tutorials that I find online and want to keep, without having to search through my bookmarks every few days.

When I first started doing this I had everything stored in a cardboard foolscap sized folder, but couldn't find anything!  I then started an index system, but couldn't keep up with the indexing (sigh).

A couple of years ago The Young One had to start using A4 plastic inserts for keeping loose leaf papers in so she didn't lose them (she has to keep everything from 6° upwards - reams of paper everywhere!).

At rentrée these inserts are sold by the 100's for centimes, as well as the loose leaf folders to keep them in.  Some have the inserts sealed into the spine and it's these which provided the answer.

The top one is for odds and sods found on my blogging and internet travels and the other two are pretty obvious.  I thought Tonya suited purple and I think of Bonnie as a blue person.

This is a photo of some of the stuff in the unclassified section


and this is an extract from Tonya's folder showing how I print the pages to save paper (and ink).

Each tutorial is in its own plastic insert so all I have to do is take them out of the insert when I need them.  In Tonya's case, they are filed in numerical order.  The photo shows her first letters tutorial.

They are stored with my quilting books, take up hardly any space at all and the best bit is I know where everything is.

I've also got one for loose leaf recipes which is kept next to the cooker.  It's my very own recipe book.

Heigh ho - back to the binding (yuk!).


Darlene said...

Ah, maybe someday I'll be that organized! Right now I have tutorials that I've printed off stuck in a desk drawer. Of course I forgot I had them til I found them the other day when I was looking for my sewing machine manual!

Connie W said...

Organizing is usually a fun task and one that I like. I use 3-ring binders a lot, and clear plastic containers with fitted lids. Keeping it simple is my goal.

True Blue Nana said...

I love using those plastic inserts. I use them for so many things that I want to keep. I have a notebook full of them with recipes that I have used. I try to date the recipe and make comments. I am hoping that someone will appreciate it one day!!

YankeeQuilter said...

Georgia! Now I really need to get on the stick and make a few blocks...coming soon!

Cascade Lily said...

Good idea - might even get there one day...until then I'm stuck with loads of bookmarks!

How's that binding going?

Quilter Kathy said...

You are so organized! I wish I would take the time to do the same thing!

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

Wow that is organized! very impressive