I am calling this Project 2.1 because it's a mini project within the living room. Since I live in an apartment, I do not have a separate dining area for my kitchen table. It's sort of...in the living room? The kitchen is far to small for a table. And I hate to admit this, but we never eat at the kitchen table. We eat on the couch, using the coffee table as our table. It's terrible for our posture and all. *sigh* We used to eat at the kitchen table -- we actually did for the last 3 years. Since we moved into this apartment, we never have. I never really thought about the new habit.
We use the kitchen table as a place to set all of our junk down when we come in the door -- keys, wallet, glasses, sunglasses, mail, books, etc. I had a paper basket on the kitchen table to collect our papers -- receipts, mail, things that needed to be filed, bills, coupons to be clipped, etc. It was always a mess and I always dreaded going through it at the end of the week.
On Wednesday I went to Target to get out of the house for awhile. I wasn't planning on creating this whole mail station until I found this filing kit on clearance for just $2.58 (it was originally $10.39). I decided to buy the mesh filing box too. The filing kit came with 25 hanging folders, 50 manilla folders, and the labels/tabs for the hanging folders.
Okay, so as usual, I was just so excited about the price that I didn't look at the color of the hanging folders I was purchasing. I love the color green, but not this color green. Not really a color I want staring at me every day. It's not that cheery.
I took a quick look in my filing cart and *BOOM* - problem solved. I took the pink/blue/purple/black folders and swapped them for the green folders.
So much better!
I created my own calendars for the rest of the year with Microsoft Word. If you're interested in a copy of my calendars, you can download them as a PDF here (link updated to the new 2012 calendar). I use Sharpie Pens to color code who each event corresponds to.
I needed something to keep my Sharpie Pens in and I remembered that when I cleaned out my closet earlier this week, I kept a frosting tub from all of my recycled containers. I found a scrapbook paper that was just the right size to fit around the frosting tub. It was left over from this sweet creation I made a few months ago -- my beautified clipboard. Now they match!
This is all it took to make the pen cup: ribbon, an empty and clean frosting tub, Mod Podge, a foam brush, and scrapbook paper. It only took 5 minutes for the whole process. I covered the outside of the tub with Mod Podge and then carefully placed the paper on top. I used a gift card to smooth out the wrinkles/bubbles/excess Mod Podge. I let it dry for a minute and then gave the paper an overcoat of Mod Podge. While this was drying, I quickly wrapped some ribbon around the top.
The categories I used were:
- incoming mail: holds things I don't really care to look over right away when I get the mail
- outgoing mail: holds things that need to be mailed out, but need attention before mailing
- to file: items that need to be filed in my filing cart or put away elsewhere
- bills to pay: self-explanatory
- receipts: incoming receipts that need to be filed
- coupons: unclipped coupons (printed and from the newspaper)
- grocery ads: finally, a place for the grocery ads -- I always find a way to misplace them
- recipes: I print and clip way too many recipes, so they can sit in this folder until I can take the time to put them where they belong in my recipe binders
- Tiffany: items for me
- Chris: items for him
It was too dark where I keep this filing box, so I moved it to get a better picture.
Oh, and look at the finished product of the pen cup! Beautiful!