This post is inspired by Dining Delights latest blog post.
I have about a gazillion placemats. This is just one cupboard's worth. (The top shelf has tablecloths that fit the pull-out table.)
Formally, after spending an entire morning organizing them, I'd find that they were back to one big messy pile in about 2 months.
I think I've discovered a way to keep the placemats organized.
I've placed a large piece of cardboard between each set of placemats.
When I find a color I want, I lift up the cardboard on top of the set with one hand, and use the other hand to pull out the cardboard that's directly under the set. The whole set of placemats comes out along with the bottom cardboard, without disturbing one single mat in the rest of the stack. Works every time. I've often thought that I should pull a Martha Stewart and cut the cardboard into perfect rectangles and cover each one with contact paper, but I've never even gotten close to acting on that idea. Anyway I thought I'd pass this along.