Caution: this may or may not change your life.
When I am out and about sniffing around in thrift stores or in fabric stores, I will always carry my little file with me starting now.
What does the file contain you ask?
It contains the things that I have learned to take with me on my outings.
For example, our living room/dining room is undergoing some changes. It is quite possible that I will need to refer to these colors when picking out say, the new fabric for the ottoman.
By the way, if you live in NC, I know where you can get fabrics and fringe for $3-4/yard. Also, designers coming to the furniture market, stay tuned because I am going to put together some fun things to do in the area.
OK so I got a little sidetracked.
Our shutters are falling apart and often the RESTORE (love the RESTORE) has wooden shutters. Well, I need to know what size correct? Or what about the exterior color of the house, or the finish on the deck? Or the size of the windows. So many details.
Having information at my finger tips is efficient and prepares me to make a decision right then and there, saving me from running back and forth or worse, missing out on a pair of shutters at a steal.
What I do is take a note card, write the name of the room, and paper clip the paint color for the room. Then slip it into the file along with any fabrics and trims that I might need.
Then, when I am out and about and see a pair of wooden shutters for $10/pair or the fabric of my life, I can refer to my "homegirl" file and make an educated decision.
Actually, I just made this book today. Frustrated from being unprepared to make yet another decision because I didn't have my props with me, I picked this little folder up at Walmart and decided to organize our home evolution.
It all fits neatly in this file which is small enough to fit inside my purse which means that I always have it with me.
How do you keep it together? The house stuff I mean? Do you have a book, a folder, or do you just wing it? Please share, because there is most likely a better way.