Hiding Files and My Dilemma
During the busy Christmas season, I'm always happy to have a solid organization method established for the "everyday" things that you don't want to put much thought to during the festivities. I've always love having things organized and put away. It became a problem for my family growing up when I would "put things away", never to be found again. Everything needs to have it's place that is out of sight, I would say. Unfortunately for my family, that place only made sense in my mind.
Now that I'm all grown up and have my own home, I can put things away to my heart's content. File storage can be tricky, though. There aren't too many containers for them that look good enough to keep out where they are handy. I knew it would take some problem solving. Our desk had one drawer that was tall enough for hiding files, but lacked the supports need for the hanging ones, and I wasn't about to start shoving things into it without proper organization. So, I scrounged around the house for something that is narrow, yet strong.
At first I drilled holes in the sides and put a coat hanger through it. That didn't work because it had too much give. Then I saw all these wooden skewers in our kitchen. Well, one alone would be weak, so I took three of them and shoved them through the holes. The problem was they would bow and separate. A rubber band around the center solved that, sort of. They were still quite weak and now I had a big old rubber band in the way of sliding the files around.
In school we learned, "if at first you don't succeed, try, try again" and "if a task is once begun, never leave it till it's done. Be the labor, great or small. Do it well or not at all". I couldn't quit now! So, I tried two things and failed. No big deal, I learned more about what I was up against and what to look for in a support. Maybe that's just my personality, but that's usually how any "project" goes for me.
Anyway, you know that moment when you see something that could, in fact, be the solution to your problem and a light from heaven beams down on that object as a halelujah chorus rings out? That was what it was like when I saw the leftover bead board from our bathroom. Sturdy, thin slats of wood would be the perfect hanger holder! I cut them down to the width of the drawer, which took a few tries as I was still learning the mastery of an accurate cut with the circular saw, and then screwed them into the sides of the drawer.
It worked perfectly! However, the space it provided was still insufficient. What else can I use to store the files in a handy spot? I remembered having an extra basket and, upon finding it and testing the size, decided it would be perfect. Again, I used the beadboard to hold the files up, but this time, I couldn't screw it into the side. I cut the board to be just the right size so that they can be wedged into the basket, but I'm not really satisfied with it. It works, but they do slide down from time to time.
Here is my dilemma. I need your genius brain to help me. What would you do to keep the boards secure? Let me know in the comments below :)
The basket fits very nicely under this side table which I have by the desk. It's great for quick and easy access.
I hope this helps you in your filing and storage adventures. Thank you in advance for your help on my little dilemma. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!