Happy Monday to you. Like I said on Friday, Big Daddy and I had class this weekend. And it. was. amazing. We are incredibly blessed to belong to a church who fought for 4 years to give their members the opportunity to be taught by professors from Indiana Wesleyan University. If I knew who those peeps were who thought this was a good idea, I’d give them a big hug and a thank you.

School was great and football was great, Go Seahawks! And today I’m back at trying to recapture some sort of sanity via some good old fashioned organization. So far, this organizing thing is totally working.

Today I have something special for you to help you achieve some sort of clutter control for all of your home office files.

Now, I work from home so my files range from home appliance warranties to non-profit work, to mentoring, to blog bid-ness. So in general my files are a hot mess because I’m balancing non-profit work with for profit work.

I started by going through my files. It’s amazing how many file folders I was using for the same things. This tells me something about my previous system. It was total crap. I couldn’t or wouldn’t find the correct file folder so I would just make up a new one. This lazy girl’s way of organizing can catch up with you really fast.

After I went through all the files and purged the junk, then condensed the others I was left with a very manageable stack of very cute folders I got from Target. However, I was then putting these devilishly cute folders in between an army green or poo poo brown hanging file folder. What’s the point of buying pretty folders when they become sandwiched betwixt poo?

Pretty file folders in boring hanging file holders

The solution?

Buy cute wrapping paper and glue it to the outside of the hanging file.

Hanging File Transformed by Wrapping Paper

Ahhh. Don’t you feel better? I know I do. This wrapping paper is spot on with today’s trend but utilizing a grey neutral color allows my bright cheery folders to hang in all of their glory without any competition.

Hanging File Transformation

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Hanging File Transformation3

This Hanging File Transformation is super easy. Check it out.

You’ll need:

1. Wrapping paper of your choice. I bought mine at Marshalls.

2. Poo colored hanging files. Don’t worry, you probably already have them.

3. Scissors

4. Aleena’s Tacky Dot Runner

Now, open your hanging file and place it on the wrapping paper. Trace around the file leaving about 1 inch at the top and bottom of the file. You’ll use that 1 inch of wrapping paper to fold over the edge. I used my Tacky Dot Runner around the edges of the outside of the hanging file plus a few lines in the middle for good measure. I placed the wrapping paper piece that I cut out over the top of the file. Be sure to line up the edges before you press down on the paper. Once the paper is smooth and stuck, turn over the file folder. You should be looking at the inside of the hanging file. Run another glue line along the top edges (where the metal hangers are) and fold over the extra 1 inch of wrapping paper and press onto the glue. Smooth out any wrinkles.

That’s it! So cute right?

From Brown Hanging File To Bling

Have you guys done this yet to your poo colored hanging files? Send me a pic of the paper you chose!


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11 Responses

  1. Brynne Delerson

    Cute cute cute! I love this line: “What’s the point of buying pretty folders when they become sandwiched betwixt poo?” Love that woodgrain wrapping paper!

  2. Jaclyn Burke Barcroft

    I LOVE that wrapping paper! My files need some total organization! Unfortunately its way on the bottom of my to do list.

  3. PersiaLou

    How smart are you! What a great way to prettify your files. And I am crazy about that wrapping paper. Need it now. (P.S. If you have a minute, I’d love if you came and linked up to The Makers Link Party over on my blog. Thanks!)

  4. Caroline

    Very cute! I have so many poo cored hanging files hat it will probably take me a dozen roll of wrapping paper to cover them. But now I am a woman on a mission. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Deborah Smith

    Great way to make the chore of filing feel like fun! No more poo poo filing! Thanks for sharing this at What We Accomplished Wednesdays! Have a super week!


  6. Katherines Corner

    these cute files folders may make filing paperwork a little nicer. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop . Hope to see you sharing again this week. Big Hugs

  7. Kim~madeinaday

    Hi Christine! Stopping by to let you know I am featuring your Hanging Files tomorrow on my new series Let’s Get Organized! Thanks so much for linking it up on Made in a Day!

  8. courtney killpack

    I love this simple project that makes a big impact! My friends and I started a lifestyle link party and think you would be the match, here’s the link: http://bit.ly/1fqE898


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