Monday, August 15, 2016

12 Ways to Get Organized With Index Cards

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12 Ways to Get Organized with Index Cards

I realize there are a lot of people that use planners. I've tried them and they don't really work for me all that well. That may have something to do with me being a list maker. I love me some scrap pieces of paper!

And... my purse is so full that I don't think I could fit a planner into it just to run a few errands. I can definitely see how using a planner would help get my life organized, but I just can't seem to make myself use a planner the way it should be used. So, for now, I will continue with my list making because it is so much easier for me to just throw a piece of paper or index card into my purse and head out the door.

Here are 12 ways to get your life a bit more organized with Index Cards...

  1. To Do Lists. If you have to get groceries, pay a bill, stop by the post office or get the oil changed in your vehicle... jot them down on an index card to take with you.
  2. Grocery Lists. Need milk, eggs, bread, mayo, salad, laundry detergent and you don't want to get all the way back home and realize that you forgot to get the mayo? An index card is your friend!
  3. Daily, Weekly, Monthly Cleaning Routines. This is a great way to help you with a cleaning schedule. Heather from Want What You Have has a great example.
  4. Bible Verses. Write down Bible verses that you want to memorize, take them with you and take a peek at them every once in a while.
  5. Book Lists. Did you come across a book that you may enjoy reading? Create a book list on an index card to carry with you next time you go to the bookstore.
  6. Computer Passwords. I'm not all that great at remembering passwords. Especially the ones where you have to have a capital letter, a punctuation mark, a number, a drop of blood... etc. Jot them down on an index card and put them in a safe place.
  7. Favorite Websites. Write down websites that you enjoy visiting. Of course, you can bookmark them, on your computer too, but if you have to update your computer or computer programs... they may go missing.
  8. Chores for Kids. You can create a chore list using index cards for your kiddos. That way there is no confusion when Tommy says he didn't have trash duty and that it was Sally's duty, but Sally says that she had sweeping duty... you know how that goes.
  9. Specific Room Organization. Write down each room in your home that needs a bit of organization help. Describe specifically on each card what you would like to organize or declutter in that room.
  10. Fabric Swatches. Have extra fabric from those curtains that you made and you would really like to purchase a pillow to coordinate? Staple a piece of fabric onto an index card and write "living room curtains" on the card so that you can toss it into your purse to go shopping for that perfect pillow.
  11. Recipes. If you would like to save a recipe that you found in a magazine, staple it to an index card or write it out and file it away for later.
  12. Plan Events. If you are responsible for hosting a birthday party, anniversary party, etc. you can simply jot down decorations, food, an invite list, and other important things to remember on a card to bring with you shopping.
A great way to separate your index cards into categories is to color code them by using colored cards, markers, tabs or even washi tape. Pop them in a box and you are good to go. If you can't find the card holder like the one pictured on this post (I found that one at Dollar Tree) you can hole punch you cards and put them on a binder ring. Have fun with them!

Happy organizing!

How to Get Organized with Index Cards 


  1. These are great ideas. I sometimes carry a stack of cards in my purse.

  2. One of my friends is a hair stylist. When at her home and she colors my hair, she cuts off the top of the box of hair dye (showing brand and color) and staples it to an index card. She then hands it to me and tells me to "file it when you get home." That way, when I go to pick up a box before heading to her house for the next color appointment, I know which brand and color I used last. It works like a charm! I have also been using index cards (bright pink ones - I had a lot of them!) to organize chapters and recipes for a book I am writing. Thanks for the index card ideas! ~Adrienne

    1. Great idea! I didn't think of that. There are so many uses for index cards.

  3. These are all excellent ideas! You have me convinced! :) Thank you for sharing with us on the Art of Home-Making Mondays at Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth!


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