1. Google Notebook: helps you corral all the ideas you come across online and keep them in one place and access from different computers.
2. Keep a Projects Folder On Your Desktop: As you find images drop them into sub folders marked: 'dining room', 'bedroom', 'art', 'kitchen', etc. If you decide to scan images in from magazines instead of ripping them out, you can file them hear as well.
3. Keep Real File Folders: Title them the same as above and as you find images in magazines you like, rip them out and file them (not just into the stack of other pages you've ripped out).
4. Use Your Phone or a Notepad to Jot Ideas Down: Often we're out and about and can't necessarily write something down or rip out a piece of a magazine or bookmark something, so we pull out our phone and use the notes section (and an 'ideas' page) to jot down the ideas that come to us. Otherwise we try to keep a notebook with us with a page at the back for ideas.
5. Do It The Old Fashioned Way: The old plastic sleeves in a 3 ring notebook has been a pretty sold way of keeping track of images and ideas for later. Why give it up the look book now?
6. Use an Organizer that you Love: Never underestimate the power of loving what something looks like when it's organized.
7. Use Flickr: Not only is flickr a great way to keep friends and family in the loop, but you can upload and store your inspiring images in as many folders as you need (with the pro version).
8. Color Code Real Bookmarks: For those that don't want to rip apart their magazines or deal with scanning, use color coded bookmarks to mark the pages of your magazine collection. Green for garden, blue for kitchen, pink for organizing, whatever makes sense to you.
9. Use Boxes: Maybe you have stacks and stacks of torn out pages and any kind of binder or scanning situation makes you want to hot poker your eyes out. File them into cool boxes (like these that we saw at Ikea) by genre. It's a start, anyway!
10. Put Them Out in Plain Site: Especially if you're working on a specific project, using a bulletin board or cork wall can help you to organize your ideas and keep them all in plain view. If you don't want them in your face, use the inside of a cabinet door or closet door so that you can take a break from looking at them.
11. Create a System for Online Bookmarks: Recently we actually started organizing our bookmarks, not just adding to an endless list of great sites to check out later. We use firefox with makes bookmarking super easy (just a command d away) and have made an extensive grouping of folders: ideas, recipes, kitchen, bathroom, designers we like, sites to come back to, etc. Along with an extension called Read it Later which lets us check mark a site to go back to, we've really started to feel like we could find an idea a week later...
How do you keep project ideas wrangled?
[Image is from record a day where a style tray is made each day from the day's inspiration.]