I realized a few years ago that there was no way I could keep all the magazines that were accumulating in the studio. And then there were the stacks of computer printouts, workshop instructions, yada-yada-yada.
So at first, I put loose items in three ring binders, then I went through many of the magazines and clipped out the articles that I wanted to keep(leftovers went into the collage pile or recycling) and these went into the binders as well.
But of course,over time, when I would come up with more articles or printouts, they just got shoved into the nearest notebook and you guessed it - pretty soon I had a whole new kind of chaos!
One of my projects this spring was to tame this particular paper tiger. First I amassed all the binders, all the loose pages and all the magazines that were waiting to be clipped.
Then, duh, I actually came up with all the categories I needed and,"duh 2", made labels for the outsides of the binders so I now know what's in each one. I know it sounds so simple, you'd think a college graduate, not to mention a librarian, would have done this the first time around. But better late than never.
Now if I'm looking for that article on "art journaling" I can just go right to the binder that says Art Journaling, if I want info on shops and flea markets - there's a labeled binder!
Sometimes it's the little simple things that make us so happy!