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Filing Cabinet to 5 Binders

This morning I grabbed a quick breakfast of a Blueberry Cake Protein Smoothie. I wasn’t really prepared to make anything too crazy and these smoothies are easy to whip up.

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My project last night was to clean out this ugly filing cabinet that’s sitting in my office and make all of it’s contents take up just a little bit less room. I hate this thing, and really don’t want it. It’s not pretty to look at and it really takes up too much room. Especially since it’s just a bunch of papers.

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So I took 7 binders and divided up the papers that were hanging out in the filing cabinet. Inside each binder, are the little plastic sleeves so you don’t have to punch a hole through every piece of paper. To make them look pretty, I took card paper from Michael’s and cut it into strips and put them in the side of the binders. Then, with letter stickers, which were 5 dollars for 6 sheets, I labeled each of them.

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I figured it was a cheap way to make the binders look like they all went together, while keeping it neat. You can also match them to whatever colors are in your own room.

For my labels, I chose:

  • Important: Contracts, leases, agreements, phone numbers, addresses and things that you need on a quick notice. 
  • NDS: Work Papers
  • Work: More Work Papers
  • Pets: Bacon and Oreo Papers
  • Sizzle: Blog Papers
  • Bills…you guessed it…Bills
  • Manuels: All the manuels and receipts from my larger purchases that you need but can never find when you do. It makes it easy to throw them out when you are done with that little gadget too.

I was actually really happy with the way this turned out. It reduced that massive filing cabinet to these few binders. I ended up throwing out a lot of papers that were just out dated, and scanned in several to my computer. For example, when Bills starts to fill up, I will scan it into the computer and throw out the original. I have needed to prove that I paid bills in the past and wouldn’t want to get caught in that situation again.

The re-organization was a GREAT success. The binders I found for 2 dollars each at Office Depot. The card paper was 89 cents and the stickers were 5 bucks. Overall, just over 20 dollars. Not too bad 🙂

 

My little project for the evening.

The Recipe Book

For lunch today, I made a greek inspired pita pocket. It turned out really well, and was even better than I had thought it would be.

Greek Scrambled Pita

 

Ingredients:

1 Wheat Pita 2 Scrambled Eggs
2 Tablespoon Feta Cheese 1/3 Cup Chopped Cucumber
2 Tablespoons Sun Dried Tomato Humms

Yummy.

This afternoon, I took care of some projects that had been calling my name for a while. One of which, was doing something about my WALL, of cookbooks. During the holiday seasons especially, there are some cute little cookbooks that show up at the check out counter at Publix. Every once in a while I grab one. Well, every once in a while has turned a little shelf into these little cookbooks. I decided to trim it down a bit and consolidate them into 1 binder of everything.

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I used pocket dividers for each section, so I can easily add in magazine clippings and things like that. I’m always finding things that I want to give a try, and this is going to be a really easy way to keep it all in one spot. It also made my shelves look just a bit more organized!

Only a few more hours until the big race! I’m chugging water at the moment to make sure I’m hydrated enough. I always seem to get extremely dehydrated after running and I’m hoping to avoid that tomorrow.

See you after the big race!!

What have you done in the past to organize something that just seems to take up too much room??