They were taking over our desk, Mr. Smith’s wallet and my purse.
No matter where or how I neatly arranged them, they seemed to multiply like rabbits during the day!
The minimalist in me just wanted to throw the little buggers in the trash, but we use them to reconcile our records at the end of each month.
Ready to give up on ever keeping receipts organized, I remembered the ticket keeper in the sandwich shop I used to work at long ago. It was a small wooden block with a nail-like protrusion sticking up from the center. After each order was completed, I would skewer the order ticket onto the keeper. The only thing I hated about the device was that it would constantly tip over because the wooden base was too light for the weight of the tickets. Despite this design flaw, however, I knew that a block of wood and a nail would be the best way to efficiently organize our receipts.
And guess what?
I was right!
It’s been a month since I made this keeper, and guess what? Our desk is STILL ORGANIZED! Not having a mess of papers lying around everywhere has been such a relief.
Looking to maintain an organized desk or office this year?
Here’s how you can create your own receipt keeper to efficiently organize those pesky receipts!
You Will Need:
- 1 long nail (about 4″)
- 1 block of wood (preferably no more than 1″ thick)
- Decorative paper
- Mod Podge
Measure out and mark the center of your block and then carefully hammer the nail through the mark.
TIP: The best wood for this job is a 4×6 award plaque. Peel off the top metal layer using a paint scraper and sand down any dried glue or adhesive.
Sand the uneven edges around the base of the nail.
Measure the sides of your block and cut strips of decorative paper to fit. Glue the paper to the edges using Mod Podge.
Step #4: (As you can see, the cats like to help during craft time)
Measure and cut paper to fit the top of your block. Mark the center of the paper and align it with the nail. Carefully push paper down halfway over the nail.
Paint Mod Podge over the surface of the block and press the paper all the way down, sealing and pressing out any bubbles with your fingers.
Apply 1-2 more coats of Mod Podge to seal and allow to dry fully before use.
The best way to get and stay organized is having a place for everything and everything in its place. Hope you enjoyed the tip!
Here’s to a more organized 2014!
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