A Green Home: Organize Your Mail with Clips and Belts

| 4/11/2011 5:21:59 PM

Jaci Kennison Jaclyn Kennison is a freelance writer living and playing in the Black Hills of South Dakota. She owns and manages an art gallery and event venue between fits of shopping and redecorating. 

I don’t know about you, but I am always at war with piles. Piles of laundry, piles of shoes, piles of bills, piles of mail. The three former could easily be put away and do have nice little homes where they live when I am not too distracted or tired to get them there. That last one, though… the piles of mail—that one gets me. I feel as though I need to leave them out in order to be sure they don’t escape my mind while escaping my sight. The issue then becomes how to keep these items in view and yet uncluttered, and off my kitchen table.

The other night as I was standing around the grill with a  new friend, we were discussing the idea of selling her handmade greeting cards at my art gallery, sustainable shopping and event space. I was thrilled with the idea, but she mentioned it has been quite a challenge for her to find a way to display these pieces in a creative, utilitarian way that won’t damage her life savings.

As she talked it occurred to me that we could probably make something with the use of an old belt.

My thought was to attach large clips, the ones shaped like the kind they make to hold potato chip bags closed. I’m thinking we’ll go with the metal kind though; they would be prettier. I’m imagining we can glue these at intervals down the length of the belt and use them to hold the different card designs. We could dress the display up as well with a little paint, feathers, beads, and the like on the clips and the leather itself, should it be unattractive otherwise.


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