Good Questions: How Do I Keep My Decor Ideas Organized?

Good Questions: How Do I Keep My Decor Ideas Organized?

Maxwell Ryan
Sep 12, 2006

Hello AT,

As an avid magazine and blog reader I am constantly collecting ideas for future projects- pictures of tiles, articles on ovens, paint samples, etc…

So, I am looking for advice on how to keep all of those scraps of papers/clippings and digital information organized. I need whatever system I use to be simple, so that I will actually keep it up..."

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In the past I tried keeping everything in hanging files- but those got jumbled and were hard to sort through. I then tried using binders and slipping scraps into sheet protectors- but that proved to be labor intensive.

And I now have the dilemma of wanted to save and catalogue ideas from the internet- so I am not constantly asking myself "where was it that I saw that great ____" Any ideas of attractive, simple solutions would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks, Karen Marie

Dear KM,

This is a great question and one that our good search box and detailed archive only partially answers. What we really need online is a place where you can collect all your ideas in bookmark form for when you need them next.

A number of other websites have begun experimenting with bookmarklets and with tagging, so that you can build your own archive. Typically this only allows you to bookmark what you find in that site and not elsewhere and the picture bookmarking services - Delicious, Wists, Stylehive - are only in their infancy.

We are watching to see what we should do; what we should copy. We'd like to allow each reader to have an online room where they store their decorating ideas from ANY site. Let us know what would work best for you and we'll look into it.

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