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Visual Organizing System

Martha Stewart Living, October 2012

Toy instructions and ideas torn from magazines: This may be the digital age, but paper pileup is still a problem in most households. Crafts editor Jodi Levine came up with this visual organizing system: She tucks papers (including cards and invites) into thin binders with clear plastic sleeves. On color-coded labels indicating broad categories (such as home, kids, and food), she writes subcategories. Travel, for example, is divided into day trips, weekend trips, and summer vacations. "It's easier to keep up than a filing cabinet and tidier than a junk drawer," she says.

24-Sleeve Presentation binders, $8 each, staples.com. Permanent file-folder labels, by Martha Stewart Home Office With Avery, $3 per pack of 120, staples.com. Petrified-wood bookend, $148 for 2, anthropologie.com.

Comments (4)

  • robthebuilder 25 Jun, 2014

    I tried to use the link for color-coded binders. It led me to the U.S. Staples website. I then selected/copied/pasted the link on the Canadian website and they don't seem to carry that product.

  • smittycdm 20 Nov, 2012

    I had a hard time finding the presentation binders when I went directly to Staples. If you use the link from the on-line article, you won't have any trouble locating the binders or the labels. Hope this helps. I'd like to know more about those dark gray boxes & what they're used for!

  • juliekei 2 Oct, 2012

    Where can I purchase the presentation binders? Staples does not carry them according to their website.

  • nanivenn09 23 Sep, 2012

    Love this organizing idea but Staples does not sell your 24 sheet presentation binder...where to buy?