Rediscovering Hanging File Folders

A musician friend recently shared some of her tips with me, including her system for organizing sheet music. It delighted me because it is so simple, inexpensive, and tidy, utilizing hanging file containers which can be purchased inexpensively at Target, Walmart, or any office supply store! 

Sheet music can be such varied sizes, from books of 100 pages to single sheets, and this accommodates all of them inexpensively, accessibly, and without fuss. With several children taking music lessons, our piano bench storage is no longer sufficient, and a file box or two is in order! 
I also use hanging files to organize our school week. Hand-outs for each child, and even slender teacher’s manuals fit easily into labeled compartments. Somehow I hadn’t thought of the full range of items that could be organized so readily. It would be a great organizational system for magazines or pamphlets or even those slim preschool read-aloud books that don’t have a wide enough spine to distinguish them on the bookshelf.

If plain boxes are too utilitarian for your decor, there are a variety of decorator solutions.  I have a couple of leather hanging-file totes and have seen cloth covered hanging file totes in exciting prints!

(This article is cross-posted from my Taming The Chaos column on the HSB Company Blog)

~Domestic Chaos tamer and homeschool mom of 5, Dell writes about home, heart and hearth.~


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