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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Envelope Organizer | Family Economics

By Cathe Holden

As the New Year begins, I’m starting new, positive habits such as better receipt organization. Mainly because every January, as I go through my receipts for tax purposes, I wish I had a better system throughout the year to make sorting a lot easier.

So, with very minimal expense, I created an envelope organizer for my small paperwork and instructions for sharing this simple project to help keep you a bit more organized throughout 2010. This organizer doesn’t have to be limited to only receipts. I will be using mine for coupons, discount offers, and more.

Envelope organizer

Once you have determined the number of categories you will need, gather enough basic no. 10 business envelopes for the pockets, plus one additional to act as the header piece for hanging.

Lay out all the pocket envelopes with the flaps opened and the open side up. Print out a sheet of organizer labels on plain paper for gluing or onto label stock. You can add typewritten categories either before printing or before hand-write your categories on the labels. Place a label in the center of each of the envelopes on their open side.

Moisten the first envelope flap and place the second envelope onto the flap to begin your row of pockets. Repeat with each envelope.

Finally, add the last blank header envelope to the top, open side down and sealed. Place your header label, if you choose, on that envelope and name your organizer or add a sentiment as I did.

I will be hanging my organizer inside my entryway coat closet door for immediate access while coming and going from my house.

Envelope organizers also make great memory pockets. Label each pocket with the months of the year and collect fun little written memories, notes, report cards, and photos. Add the year to the header label.

Organize your bills with an envelope pocket system or create a pocket file for loose pieces in your craft or sewing room. Make extra blank-label organizers, accordion fold, tie with string and give to your friends.

Click here for a label template: EnvelopeOrganizerLabels

14 Comments so far

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On Tuesday, October 7, 2014, Nisee from Tennessee wrote

I'm going to make one but I will use colored envelopes that are for cards. Great idea! Thanks.

On Sunday, March 23, 2014, Missy Doo wrote

I just love it! I made one tonight to help me with my budget. Wish me luck!

On Monday, February 3, 2014, Dee Dee from Oregon wrote

I put this GREAT IDEA to use right away. I made one for coupons, materials lists and box tops in the kitchen. put magnets on the inside of the envelopes. Clean and tidy. Thanks!

On Monday, January 20, 2014, the organization newbie wrote

Brilliant! This will serve as temporary storage for restaurant receipts that provide a discount if you fill out a customer service satisfaction survey.

On Saturday, January 26, 2013, Nutz4labs aka Karen wrote

I would like to do this with gift cards that I buy during the year. I buy several gift cards each month and give them away at Christmas or use them to BUY Christmas gifts. It's a great way to "save" up for Christmas so you aren't so broke.

On Thursday, July 7, 2011, Rachel Hawley wrote

Love LOVE LOVE it!!!!! what a great idea.

On Saturday, August 28, 2010, Annemarie from Texas wrote

Love It! Easy and Cheap. My two favorite words!

On Thursday, March 4, 2010, liz from melbourne wrote

so simple and so "why didn't I think of this!" thanks

On Tuesday, February 2, 2010, Sam wrote

This is so amazing! What a great idea that I've never seen before. I love it!

On Sunday, January 10, 2010, Deev wrote

Simple & simply brilliant. As a teacher-crafter-creativity workshop coordinator - personal dynamics cheerleader - Pampered Chef kitchen consultant, this will save my sanity come tax time. Multo thanks !

On Tuesday, January 5, 2010, Kat from Texas wrote

This is a brilliant idea! Definitely going to put this together this weekend to help organize all my receipts and bills!! Thanks, Cathe.

On Friday, January 1, 2010, Marly wrote

Great idea. Thanks for sharing with us.

On Thursday, December 31, 2009, Trisha - thecoypond.blogspot.com wrote

That is a great idea! I need more of those - like what to do with all the paperwork that comes home from the school. Thanks!

On Thursday, December 31, 2009, Lori E wrote

How clever is this.

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