Friday, March 18, 2011

Started Re-Organizing…

Being a part of my society’s Beginner’s Course 2011, I sat through many classes which were inspiring to me.  One was the Organizing class.  Though I have “a place” for all of my genealogy, it doesn’t seem to be “working” for me.  The system is wrong.  I can’t make the best use of what I have.  I can retrieve what I want when I want it which is a key element for ME, but I can’t get the big picture by easily looking at one surname at the same time.  I started as a binder-girl as I mentioned here, then because binders wouldn’t fit in my two walls of built-in bookshelves (scaled for BOOKS) in my office, I switched to hanging file folders like this:


This followed an index for the contents of the folders I kept on my computer and printed for the first folder you see in the bottom right corner of the photo: the Index File, incase my computer was not running.
So, I’m switching back to binders after I emptied my office closet, including the rod for hanging clothes (this was a bedroom).  I put in an el cheapo bookshelf and sized it just for binders. 

This was before the transformation:
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The new bookcase in  - oh yes I forgot to mention, I had this brainy idea when I was home alone and being stubborn and impatient I hauled it up the stairs from the basement by myself!

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And here it is today with  several binders already made:

I,m very proud of my new surname binders which I'll talk about in detail in another post!

I have many more binders to make, but this is where I am right now.  It’s been a lot of work! 

Until next time,
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  1. I am in awe - and jealous. Absolutely beautiful.

  2. @Nolichucky Roots Why thank you! It feels great to have everything together and it IS A PROCESS so I don't expect immediate gratification, but comments like yours sure help! It's not too late for you to start either! I could use some partners-in-crime!

  3. Hi Joanne,
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    Amazing re-organization there!

  4. It may have been a lot of work but it looks beautiful. And it looks really efficient! I hope it works for you!

  5. You are doing a wonderful job. Keep it up!