No more wondering whether a flea-market purchase will fit through your front door or match your living-room paint. Adapt this interior designers' trick to your own purposes: Fill a mesh case (a ring binder or a folder works just as well) with a complete set of room and furniture measurements, fabric samples, and paint colors for different rooms in your home. Include ideas for projects planned or in progress -- and, of course, a wish list for those only dreamed about. Keep the information in your car or your bag, and you won't have to regret another spur-of-the-moment purchase.
Martha Stewart Living, September 1999