|Llija Mirceski via Houzz|
I have received a lot of feedback on my recipe binders so I thought I would write more about the use of 3-ring binders for organizing all kinds of papers. I have mentioned before that to be organized means to be able to easily find what you are looking for. Limiting the number of places that the item can be is crucial. Papers are no exception, in fact probably even more important!
I use a binder for each of my clients. Inside each notebook I put every email correspondence that I need to keep, photos, samples, tear sheets, etc. so that when I am working on a particular client's project I can grab their notebook and I have everything in one place.
I also store all my invoices, business records, tax receipts in binders. I also have separate notebooks for design ideas, business cards, paint samples, etc.
I use the kind of sheet protectors that don't require that the papers have holes punched. If I need to reference a paper or make a copy, I can pull the paper out of the protective sheet and it is intact without holes.
For home use I have a binder for my recipes, warranties and instruction booklets, remodeling records, recreation ideas (past vacations, resources, places I want to visit...), etc.
When my daughter was sick and the paperwork was mounting and just too much to fit in her medical file, I made a notebook just for that - it made it easy to reference the information I needed for insurance claims and speaking with doctors. And of course we have a wonderful 3-ring binder on the wedding.
I use binders that have plastic around the outside so that I can slip in my printed labels. I print the labels on card stock and insert them into the sleeve on the spine of the binder. I prefer white binders - to keep it clean, simple and the labels easy to read.