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Spring Cleaning: Piano style 

I don’t know about you, but I have a few things in my house that I just can’t seem to figure out how to organize. The worst place is the junk drawer, where we keep spare keys, post-it notes, a few pens, coins, random bits of twine, twist ties… well, you get the point, it’s a catch-all for the things with no home.

I can’t help you with your junk drawer, but I CAN help you organize your piano space.


Sheet protectors

I LOVE sheet protectors for loose sheet music and lead sheets. I am notorious for printing off several new songs at a time, and I’ve found that this is a great way to keep my music organized, together, and uncrumpled.

Binders

After putting loose lead sheets into sheet protectors, I put them in binders! Binders not only keep multiple songs together, but it’s an easy, inexpensive way to organize lead sheets by genre, by go-to’s versus need-to-learn’s, or keep them alphabetical order. Use whatever works best for you and your need for order!

… I may or may not have 8 binders FULL of lead sheets at home.

… I am still a firm believer that one can never have too many lead sheets.

Fun boxes

You can FURTHER organize those binders by separating them into boxes. Find a few that match the decor in your piano room, maybe even grab a shelving unit to place these boxes on, and ta-da! You have a perfectly presentable method of organizing and storing your sheet music!


And while we’re on the topic of spring cleaning, I suggest gently dust off your piano or keyboard.

Do you have other ideas for organizing your lead sheets and sheet music? Share with us in the comments!

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