If you are a DIY person than this post is for you. Pocket organizers are a great way to help keep paper organized, these are a very easy DIY system for organizing.
I was going through my Pinterest feed about a month ago and came across this pin that peaked my interest. It was How To Make Cabinet Door Pockets. It was something that looked easy and created more space.
I really didn’t like our receipt organizer, it was old and we really didn’t update it as often as I would have liked. This pin showed a pocket for ‘Receipts’ which I thought would be a better alternative to our current organizer because we would have a visual of them. It also would force us to throw out old receipts sooner because it wouldn’t be able to hold a lot.
The best part of this whole project, I didn’t have to buy a thing! We had all of the supplies needed, you really don’t need that much.
How To Create Pocket Organizers
- Scrapbook Paper (you can design a page into a Word document and print it)
- A Laminator & laminating pages (you can use plastic page protectors but they won’t be as strong)
- Command Strips
- Chalk Labels
Here’s a step-by-step on how these were created:
Step 1: Create an 8.5 x11 page to fit the laminator or page protector page. If you use scrapbook paper, you’ll need to cut down the page. If you don’t have scrapbook paper, you can easily create a design in a Word document and then print it.
Step 2: Fold the page in half and put it in the laminator. I did two pages at a time so I didn’t waste any part of the laminator page.
Step 3: Put the page through the laminator. When finished, cut the laminated page in half. Then cut closely to the non-folded side to create the slit openly. Make sure you have the right side, otherwise you’ll be making another one.
Step 4: Apply adhesive on the back of the pocket. I used 3M Command Strips which seem to be holding up pretty well. I had tried a clear adhesive but they weren’t strong enough and kept falling down. Once the adhesive was added, I put them on the inside of the cabinet.
Step 5: Add chalk labels and label the pockets to your desired choice. The labels I used were “Bills”, “Pending”, and “Receipts”.
The entire project took about 30 minutes. These pockets have really helped us keep the paper pile down because you can only fit so much in there. For the receipts, I separated them into two different categories with paper clips “Keep” & “New” because I was sorting through them every time we got a new receipt.
How do you keep your paper organized?