Sorting Saturday: Finally Getting Organized

For Sorting Saturday, I thought I would write about my efforts with DEARMyrtle’s Finally Getting Organized Checklist for January.  January’s Checklist deals mostly with sorting through all my paper documents so I am trying to get everything sorted.  I started by digging things out of the hall closet and the cabinets in my computer room and making a big pile of all my genealogy stuff!   Well that took one whole day nearly!  I had stuff everywhere in my house!  I am convinced I have more stuff in the garage but I can’t find it at the moment so I am going on with the sorting of what I have found.

Then when I looked at all that stuff I decided I needed a genealogy room!  I converted the spare bedroom into my genealogy room!  (Guests are usually my niece and nephews and they can sleep on the couch in the living room – Some sacrifices must be made for genealogy! Laughing out loud).  I had a bench I used in the sunroom to set flowers on last summer – well that just became the bench for my genealogy binders and I bought a foldable table to use as a desk and moved my desk chair in the room!  (When I get the room all cleaned up I will post a picture of my genealogy setup.  So far it is working better than expected!)

I went to the local office depot and got some binders at 200 for $10 on sale (Note: I later discovered that Sam’s Club seems to keep some at that price!).  Then,  I went to Wal-Mart and got 20 economy binders for about a $1.50 each.  I was ready for my sorting project to really begin.

I moved my giant pile of stuff into my genealogy room (with some help from the family so it would be out of the hall and they wouldn’t keep tripping over it!).  Then, I started the sorting.  I put all my documents in sleeve protectors!  Since I am talking about several hundred pages it was wonderful that some of the pile was already in sleeve protectors from previous attempts at getting organized.   I also felt no guilt about just making a huge pile of all the photos because that is what it says in the checklist!

Photos – for now put all the photos in a box, we’ll tackle them later.Angel

Then, I got started on the new huge pile of documents!  I started by putting the documents in the ring binders but that quickly got tiresome as I was moving between binders so much so I got out my recommended file box and started sorting the pages into surname folders in the file box.  I have all of my documents sorted by surname now so I am going to get them into their binders this weekend!  Filed behind the group sheet for the family. 

I am still working on my sorting project but it has already paid off for me.  A few nights ago my nephew called because he was working on a school project about family history.  I told him to come over and I went into my new files and found him several documents to take to school for his presentation and I printed him a pedigree chart which he termed “Cool”.  I was actually able to find the documents I wanted to find and find them quickly!  And the documents were in sheet protectors so they were protected when he showed them to his class at school!

Sorting Saturday is a daily blogging prompt used by many genealogy bloggers to help them post content on their sites. Any tips on how to go about sorting through a closet or box of stuff, what to do with what you find, organizing, supplies and tools you might need, etc. What about having to clean out a parent’s home once they’ve passed? This is an ongoing series by Michelle Goodrum at Turning of Generations (

2 thoughts on “Sorting Saturday: Finally Getting Organized

  1. MarDi

    Your genealogy room sounds like the perfect place to conduct your research and stay organized.

    I’m in the process of organizing research notes and materials from years ago that are currently stored in disorganized plastic bins. I must get binders, a perfect solution!

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