As you sort, store and organize your supplies, avoid using a “Miscellaneous” category. This category goes completely against the basic purpose of organization. Here are a few reasons people try to use a miscellaneous category and some solutions you can use to avoid it.
You only have 1 item that would go into that theme/category and you don’t think it’s a good idea to start a category for just 1 thing.
You’re probably right about the fact that you don’t want to start a category for just one thing. – I said, probably – here’s an exception:
The item was purchased for a future need and you’re likely to buy more items for that future need (i.e. you’re planning a Disney Trip with your kids in the summer so you purchased this item for use after that trip). Start the section NOW so you’ll be able to easily store things as you acquire them. None of us Scrappers has a shopping problem, so you may not buy anymore Disney stuff, but just incase….
Storing the item without creating a new section:
If the one thing you’re trying to store is something you got in a crop goody bag, won as a door prize, or bought at such a great price you couldn’t pass it up and it’s an item you’ll probably never use, let’s say – a Bungee Jumping Embellishment – but hey, it was cheap or free, so you might as well keep it where do you store it?
Just in case you decide later in life that you’re going to take up Bungee Jumping, store that item, in this case, the Bungee Jumping Embellishment, in the section that best represents it, so if you don’t have a section for “things that might make me throw up” try filing it somewhere like Sports.
Something you bought for a future use, but you probably won’t buy any more
Okay, if you picked up one item – pink silk flowers, for you niece’s ballet pictures – but you don’t have any other ballet stuff, and you don’t want to forget about the flowers when you scrap those pictures, you can do one of two things – store the flowers with the pictures, or you can store the flowers in the Pinks/Red section of your rainbow and include a note with the pictures, reminding you that you bought the flowers and where you stored them. You can write a physical note if you have already printed the pictures, or just include a “tag” with the pictures on your computer so when you actually print the pictures you’ll remember the flowers.
Reason #2 – There is no category it fits into.
This is most common when we’re talking about words and quotes. If you have words or quotes that are generic, that weren’t purchased for any specific intention, they can be challenging to sort and store.
Create a Category in your Theme’s Section, under “W” labeled W.O.W. – Words of Wisdom. When ever you get words or quotes that are non-specific, you can store them in this section. Use caution though, It’s easy to slide something into the WOW section just because it’s a word(s) but it would really belong somewhere more specific like – “Happy Birthday” – which should go into your Birthday Section, or “Go Team,” which of course should go into your Sports section.
Reason #3 -You’ll be using them very soon.
If you’ve got item that you are planning on using at the next crop, class, or even just the next time you scrap, you may want to file them using the Ready, Set, Crop Method. Here’s a link to a short vide about that easy and efficient system
In a nutshell – if you keep the following two basic ideas in mind – you’ll be able to easily abolish your “Miscellaneous” category.
· Keep things together you would use together.
· If you bought something specifically for a set of pictures or an event, store it with the other items you will use when scrap those pictures.