To keep with the theme this year of organization I created a Home Decor and Organization Binder. I made two of these, one as a house warming gift for my brother and sister in-law that just moved in to a new house, and one for myself. If you’re looking for a way to plan the decorating and organizing for each room in your home a binder like this is a great tool to have. If there is one thing I have learned through the years about organizing and decorating it is that having a plan is absolutely essential. I have wasted lots of money being impulsive with purchases and stock piled lots of items because I lacked a plan. I will talk more about having a plan later in this post.
This binder is a great way to help me get the rooms in my homes organized and a place to hold plans and ideas for decorating. When I go shopping for home items I can take this binder with me and it holds all my plans and ideas I need in one place. For this project I used the supplies listed below. I purchased double of everything because I made two.
Binder – I used a 1″ size
Divider tabs – Target
Small measuring tape
Label holders – Hobby Lobby
Spray paint (optional)
Spray sealer (optional)
I started out by making a list of the rooms I wanted to include in the binder, which therefore dictated the number of dividers I would need. I used a total of 10 dividers for each binder, allowing for one blank tab and a “Misc” tab. I figured I would like to have the extra dividers later just in case I needed them in the future.
I wanted to add some flare to the divider tabs so I went with two different colors of decorative tape. The tape works great for the tabs and the sharpie wrote well on it and didn’t smear. Plus when I made a mistake the tape peeled off easily and I just reapplied. This is great for reusing the divider tabs over again as we move to a new home in the future or as the purpose for bedrooms changes as lifestyles change.
I started by cutting the tape to the size of the divider tab and applied the tape to one side. I cut off the excess tape and then applied a second piece of tape to the other side of the divider tab and trimmed again. I did this for all the divider tabs, alternating the tape colors.
Next with a Sharpie I wrote the rooms on the divider tabs.
Then I arranged the dividers in the binder and placed a few sheets of lined paper and graph paper behind each divider.
As far as planning goes this is where the lined paper and graph paper comes into place. I suggest going to each room you have tabbed in your binder and brainstorming all of the ideas/items you want for the room. Write your ideas on the lined paper. Next use the graph paper to sketch out the room. You can draw an arial view to help with furniture layout or draw a wall to sketch out placement of wall decor, lamps, and accessories, or a wall with a window to get an idea of what type of window treatments to hang. Measure the room and walls, and generally each square on the graph paper represents one foot in the room.
By making lists and drawing room layouts it creates a plan for the room and gives you a visual of what the room would look like with the placement of items you are thinking to put in that area. For example you may think that a large rectangular canvas would look great above the master bed headboard. However after drawing it out and experimenting with different ideas you end of preferring a large round wall hanging instead…and you didn’t spend a penny to figure it out. I get so tempted by cute items that I buy just because they are cute, but most of the time they end of in a box in the basement because I had no place in mind where to put them when I made the purchase. Ward off temptation, don’t even go in the store until you have a plan.
Here is a pic of the label holders I bought from Hobby Lobby. I liked these the best because of the adhesive backing.
After I finished labeling the tabs I sprayed painted the label holders to match the binders. I used Rustoleum spray paint in Metallic Bright Gold.
I also applied three coats of sealer. To keep the backing free of spray paint I put a piece of paper in the label holder while I spray pained. Here is a pic to show that.
Next I created a label for the label holder. I used font Sageo Script in size 16 in Word. The label fits perfectly in a 2 1/2 inch sized label holders. Here is the label – Home Decor and Organization label I printed it on white card stock. I cut an additional piece of card stock to size to slide in behind the label to help keep the label in place in the label holder. Then I removed the adhesive on the back of the label holder and applied it to the front cover of the binder.
As an added touch to include with the binder, I also suggest a ruler and pencil to make the drawings, and also an item I carry in my purse at all times, a mini tape measurer. Also I created some room checklist printables to help you get started with decorating and organizing your home. Click Home Decor and Organization printables to link to the page to download the printables.
Now with plans in hand, armed with your tape measurer, you are ready to go shopping yah!
What tips do you have when it comes to decorating and organizing your home?