Do you still keep paper maps and travel brochures? I have to admit that I do. I keep a few for sentimental reasons (Paris restaurants, Geneva map) but also keep selected maps and brochures from places that I plan to visit again.
During one of our many snow storms last month I was looking for something in the attic and found a box half-full of travel maps and brochures. I decided this would be a good blizzard organizing project. (I could also dream of warm summer vacations ahead…)
Here’s what I did:
- First I dumped all the brochures our on my dining room table. A few were sorted by place so I kept those together.
- I reviewed all the maps and brochures and recycled a good amount.
- Then I sorted what I wanted to keep by location.
- I was hoping to put the maps/brochures into a blue accordion file I had (see corner of photo) but there were too many for the file.
- Next I the thought of keeping everything together by rubber bands, but some piles were too large.
- Finally I decided to use one of my favorite organizing tools: gallon size plastic bags. Easy, and the bags had a spot for a label.
- All the bags were “filed” into a plastic bin back into the attic, waiting until the next trip is planned.
What’s great about this system is that for our next trip to VT, I just have to pull out the bag labeled VT and enjoy looking at all our favorite places.
AFTER: Organized into bags and ready to go!