Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Mail Organization

I really have a hard time with paper.  I never have a "Hot Spot", I am under constant "Fire Hazard".  I created a mail center over the summer and copied Toni over at A Bowl Full of Lemons here.  

This was mine.  It looked nice, but, for a piler, it wasn't what worked for me.  I like to stash things until I get time.  When you have little ones running under you all day, I need a place to put my piles until Wed.  Wed. is my desk day.

This is what my counter looks like on a good day - ha ha.  

The folders, I love because I keep my daycare files in there.  It is the daily mail that drives me crazy.

I bought this over a three day weekend (here) back in the spring.  I kept it by the chair in the den for magazines and even the remote.  I didn't like the color so I just ignored it for a while.

After painting my passion sign, I really liked how the distressed red turned out and decided to practice on this.  I think it was under $5.00, and, if I mess it up, I can always paint it white.

I love the how the dark color peeks out.

I even put a piece of felt on the bottom.

That front pocket is perfect for just a quick stash of mail.  When Wednesday comes around, I will empty that one and pay, file or shred.

Now, I still need pockets.  My daughter, Lee, got this for me and I just love it.  I put my pens in it.

I got these from Santa.  He knows how much I love office supplies.  It even has a brown one (SMILING SO BIG).

I put my stamps, cards, paper for a quick list and calculator.  Perfect.

Wow, what a difference.  The little white and red box is for receipts.  I love it and will definitely use it.

Happy Organizing.



  1. love this! I actually have the same white organizer thing, i got it from tj maxx! I need a mail organizer like this though for our counter, I just kind of throw everything in a pile, i go through it when i get it just to make sure theres nothing of absolute importance or a magazine/piece of mail that i want/need ASAP. Then everything else gets tossed on the pile or thrown away if i know immediatly that it is junk.
    We got a basket full of homemade breads and candy from hubbys grandma, and once the food was all gone from it i threw all of the papers from the counter in there so at least they have a "home" of sorts now but I am ultimately looking for something like what you have. Good job and hopefully it keeps you more organized! :)

  2. I ove it too! Thanks for the great ideas. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

  3. I love those type boxes and organizers that are so much fun to use because the hold so much stuff. a perfect way to corral clutter:

  4. Looks fabulous, what a great way to organize. I need to get on this too, thanks for the inspiration!

  5. This is a great time of the year to get organized, and you do it with style! Thanks so much for sharing at the Kiss & Tell party over at I Gotta Create!

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  6. Looks much more organized! I was just doing the same thing tonight, organizing my coat closet. It was much needed!!

  7. I need to do this! The mail gets so out of hand. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Awesome system, it looks great! I love your pens...jealous. I found you at I Gotta Create! Kiss and Tell

  9. Love your new Mail 'box'! What a great color..bright and cheery. Your blog name is wonderful, I chuckled when I read it. I am now a follower of your blog and look forward to return visits. I invite you to join me as well on my blog at http://atastefultouch.blogspot.com
    Hugs, Gayle.

  10. Nice Job! It looks very organised. I have linked up a similar thing that I was working on this week
    My Command Centre Organisation

  11. What a huge difference! That looks great! You should join me for http://raisingoranges.blogspot.com/2012/01/handmade-52-3.html

  12. I really love this transformation. I just had to throw my mail sorter out because the wood base split. Your project makes me miss the look and function it had. I'll have to start hunting for a new one.
    Best, Jenn from www.justaddwatersilly.com, hopping from anti-procrastination Tuesday
    (newest happy follower!)

  13. Visiting from Delightful Order link party. I have issues with paper clutter too! My "junk" counterspace looks alot like yours. I used the same idea with the hanging file folders, but it doesn't seem to be working out as much as I'd like. May be time for a revamp like yours! Thanks for the idea!

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