Necessity is the mother (father this time) of invention: MEN’S EDITION

Written by Jessica Chaffins

Like I said, necessity is the mother of invention, well at least in this case it is the father of invention.  This time Jeff was on a mission!!! As some of ya might already know, Jeff is a law enforcement officer…ya know the five-0, the po-po, the fuzz (he is gonna kill me for this haha), so he does not have the luxury of having an office (at least inside a structure).  Jeff’s office is mobile, yep, his patrol car.  Having to operate out of his trunk and passenger seat.

With this being his workplace, everything needs to be in really sturdy condition.  Storage cases, file folders, equipment bags, even his lunchbox needs to be sturdy.  Did I mention he is a shift supervisor….so not only does he have to keep with all his individual stuff, he has even more the keep up with his patrolmen on his shift.  Ugh….so now the limited space he had became even more limited.

Nice thing is, it is somewhat easy to consolidate certain things, especially his files.  Since his patrol car is completely his domain….I don’t even begin to start trying to organize or whatever in that car (besides I may give myself a panic attack from being overwhelmed with that car….geez).  BUT he has already begun to get it under control a little better.  With him having other patrolmen underneath him, he has many things he has to juggle.  Emergency and personal info of each, court dates for each, individual shift reports for each night….the list goes on.  Before he kept individual partition folders for each man, but that has now gotten to be too much.  Now he has gotten a good heavy duty binder to keep everything together!!!

But he can’t just settle with ONLY a good binder….he needs to have a good dividers, hehe.  You have to remember, he isn’t always going to be driving calmly and smooth.  So this sucker is going to have to be able handle being flung to the floorboard from time to time. Since I didn’t have any heavy, cardstock material dividers, he has decided to take the task of just making his own….haha.  We are sooo much alike in this aspect!!

Jeff went and dug around in the garage found him 1/8″ inch scrap plywood and just traced out his own divider!!!  I have to admit, I giggled a pretty good bit, cause it is just that cool to me!!


Once he traced out how he wanted his divider (by using an unworthy divider), he just cut along the lines with his jigsaw.  Where the holes are to attach to the rings, he made them more oblong instead of just a simple circle.  He just drilled two holes next to each other to create the oblong hole, this will allow the wooden divider to move easier along the rings since it won’t “give” as well as a paper divider.

Even though the plywood he used is very smooth and clean, Jeff wants to go ahead and just put a clear coat on them to protect them a bit.  I have to admit, I am pretty entertained by this!!  So proud of my crafty husband and to think making three only took him about 30 minutes!!  I am sure this may not be a necessary thing for many people, but hey ya never know.  (Secretly, I just wanted to share!!)  Now time to fill up this binder with all this paperwork!! Really hope this works out as much as he hopes it will.


We hope that you saw something here today to help you during your own crafting & life adventures. We encourage our readers to share their own projects in the comments as we absolutely LOVE seeing what others were inspired to create. We also kindly ask that comments be polite or constructive.

– Sincerely Renee & Jessica





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