Favourite organising tools #7 – plastic envelopes

Plastic envelopes must be one of my absolute favourite organising tools of all time.

  1. They are transparent so you can see what you have in them.
  2. They have a clip (don’t bother getting the ones with the string because they are just ANNOYING).
  3. They are roomy so you can throw in any pens, clippings, envelopes, etc. you’re working on.
  4. They are portable so you can take them with you to work or read through in the car, at the hairdresser, etc.

I use them mainly for my projects so I have a number of these on my desk, each with a different purpose.

I seem to have lots of ideas for e-books, courses, etc. so when I’m ready to work on something, I’ll prepare a plastic project envelope. I usually use a post-it note to label the project so that when I’m done, I can just throw it away and I still have a nice-looking envelope (like the green one above) without that horrible sticky stuff that most labels leave behind.

In the top one, you’ll see my latest product that I was working on – the Organise your Business system (this one is mainly to organise your home-based business). I have an e-book in the second one (you can just see the edge of the post-it) and some weekly tips ideas in the third one.

I usually only keep the plastic envelope until the project is complete. Then I toss my rough notes because everything is either in the e-book or on my website.

The coloured polypropylene ones come in a pack of two at Pick & Pay (most things I buy at P&P) for R6.99 (US$1).


Now allow me the chance to rave about my new, best plastic folders.

These ones are called book bags, they’re made by Croxley and I bought mine at Pick & Pay for R12,99. They are lovely soft plastic, attach with velcro and have a little flap for a name tag/ subject insert.

I’ve been testing this one for the last month and it is lovely and durable. You can see there’s plenty of space for my gorgeous gel pens, flash drive and all the stuff I’m reading and working on.

I’m not getting commission for this, nor have I been asked to review them (why not, Croxley?) – I just really, really love them and they definitely make me do the happy dance!

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