Happy Monday! I’m sharing a tip today that I’ve been using for years: a decorating file.
Whether you’re currently decorating your house or not, it’s very helpful to have. All of your paint colors and fabric swatches can be kept together in one little folder. It’s my favorite way to keep track of paint chips (and you have the color on-hand if you need to go buy more).
It’s also small enough to fit into your purse, so if you’re out shopping for new pillows or curtains, or even something big like a sofa, you’ll have pieces of your room with you to make sure the new item will work.
Mine is a coupon organizer from an office supply store (the closest thing I could find online is this).
When I get a gallon of paint, I always grab an extra color card to add to the file. If you’ve ordered your furniture or linens online, you can often get fabric swatches from the retailer mailed to you for free.
Other good things to keep in the folder are dimensions of rooms or pieces of furniture, for example, if you’re shopping for a new media cabinet, it would be helpful to have the size of the TV handy. Adding an inspiration photo or two would help keep you on track to if you use the file while you’re out shopping.
This little organizer only took a few minutes to put together and cost $6, and has saved me a ton of time and guessing if something will work.