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Monday, February 15, 2010

Tuesday’s Toolbox

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Flashcards. Sewing cards. Felt board pieces. Paper dolls. Tangrams. Manipulatives. Pokemon cards. Let’s face it, homeschoolers have got a lot of little bits and pieces to organize. Here’s an easy way to make an “Envelope File” to organize some of your goodies. I just made this up from things I had on hand when I needed to organize my coupons. Hubby pointed out that it would be perfect to add to my Toolbox.

envelope file front

You will need:

  • envelopes---number depends on what you are organizing. Business size works well for coupons, but you could use smaller envelopes or even manila envelopes, depending on what you are putting into them.
  • 2 or 3 brass brads
  • a hole punch---a heavy-duty adjustable multiple-hole punch would be ideal, but you can do it with a single if you got strength in your digits.

envelope file edge

Punch 2 or 3 holes along the bottom edge of each envelope (make sure they all line up when you stack them). Put your brads through the holes. Fold back each envelope about a half inch from the fastened edge (if you have many envelopes, fold the front half forward one at a time and the back half backward) to form a crease---this will give your envelopes room for “expansion” and will make it easier to flip through them. Write on each flap what goes into that envelope and…you’re done.

envelope file upend

What have you got in your Toolbox this week?

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  1. What a creative idea! This is SO cool!

    I'm not sure yet if my post will end up suiting Tuesday's Toolbox.


    Annie Kate

    PS Be sure to enter this post in Works for Me Wednesday. This looks like an idea that could make it big. :)

  2. Wow! I love that idea. Thanks :)

  3. If I had known about your Envelope File two weeks ago, I wouldn't have spent four hours making a homemade coupon organizer out of cardstock - but then I wouldn't have been able to write a post about it and participate in Tuesday's Toolbox! :D

  4. Cindy, My envelope file didn't exist 2 weeks ago :-) My coupons were stuffed in a drawer and I had to go through every single one to find any I could use. Talk about a waste of time.

    Annie Kate-Yep, I almost saved it for WFMW, but hubby convinced me this was definitely a twofer.

    What I love about using the envelopes is that since they close, I don't have to worry about anything falling out. I can throw the whole thing in my hobo bag and take it with me or put it in drawer.

    If I need to add a category, I just open the brads and add an envelope.

    If you want it pretty, make your envelopes out of scrapbook paper or decorated envelopes.

  5. What a great idea!! I am going to utilize this idea in our home for a variety of reasons.

    We just started Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University last week and this would be great for the envelope system he talks about.

    Thank You!!

  6. I love it. I'm already trying to think of things we can use that for.

  7. Great idea. I was trying to use a shoebox with index cards as dividers, as I didn't want to use the baseball card sleeves in the 3 ring binder due to the internet printables not fitting properly. thanks!


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