How To Organise Your Digital Kits (3 Ways!)

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Let me ask you a question. Or rather, a couple of questions. Have you ever forgotten all about a digital kit you own? Have you accidentally bought the same kit twice?

If you answered “Yes!”, you’re not alone. You also clearly need a better way to organise your digital kits.

Today, I’m sharing three ways how you can do this – and the pros and cons of each. Are you ready to instantly feel more organised?

3 Ideas To Help You Organise Your Junk Journal Digitals

1. Keep on top of those little computer folders!

Okay, so once you’ve downloaded your kits from Etsy, Ko-Fi, Facebook or wherever else you get your junk journal digitals from, you’ll save yourself all kinds of headaches later on by keeping them organised on your computer from day one.

The easiest way to do this is to create a folder on your computer called “Junk Journal Digitals” or something similar.

Within that, you can create sub-folders to categorise your kits by either a) the name of the designer or shop you got the digital from, b) the theme e.g. botanicals, boho, vintage, etc or c) what type of kit it is e.g. fussy cuts, labels, journal pages, etc.

Pros of this method:

  • It’s quick and easy to do.
  • It won’t cost you anything but time.
  • You can organise kits you’ve bought from different platforms alongside kits sent to you as a gift from the designer.

Cons of this method:

  • You can’t see what a kit looks like unless you open the folder or file.
  • So, it’s still likely you might buy a kit you already own!
  • If you have a lot of kits, you might need an additional external hard drive.
  • You’ll lose your organisation system if you get a new computer.
  • The folders look more boring than inspirational.

2. Use this popular Etsy ‘Favourites’ workaround.

One of the biggest downsides to the first method I mentioned is your inability to see what a kit looks like unless you open the folder it’s in or the file itself.

The folders also look kind of boring, so you may feel less inspired by the kits you own over time.

The best way to get around this is with a more visual method of organising your kits, so you can quickly see at a glance what you own.

One of the most popular ways to do this is with an Etsy “Favourites” workaround. On Etsy, you can create “Collections” within your “Favourites” list to help you categorise products.

Using Etsy favourites to organise junk journal digitals

By setting up a collection called “Bought” or something similar, you can see the kits you’ve bought quickly, easily and in a more visual way.

You can see how this would work in theory by looking at my profile on Etsy. Although, bear in mind, my “Favourites” are still a bit of a jumbled mess.

Pros of this method:

  • You can separate your kits based on the ones you want to purchase versus the ones you’ve already bought from a shop on Etsy.
  • Whenever you go to buy a kit, you’ll see a coloured-in heart on the listing, indicating it’s already in your “Favourites” list. This may prevent you from buying the same kit more than once.

Cons of this method:

  • If the kit designer stops selling on Etsy, the listing might disappear from your list of bought files.
  • You can only keep a record of kits you’ve bought via Etsy, so you’ll need a separate method for other platforms or if you’ve been gifted/won a kit from the designer.
  • It’s a long-winded and laborious way to keep things organised.

RELATED: My Favourite Etsy Shops For Junk Journal Supplies

3. Try my specially designed tool: The Digital Kit Catalog.

The Digital Kit Catalog by House of Mahalo

I first heard about the Etsy “Favourites” workaround mentioned above when I started my monthly “Stashbusting 101” challenge on Facebook and YouTube earlier this year.

The idea for the challenge is for us to get on top of and use the supplies we’ve forgotten about or feel overwhelmed by, so I asked my YouTube subscribers which of their supplies needed organising, sorting and using the most.

A bunch of people mentioned their digital kits and how they’re struggling to keep them organised. This often resulted in them buying the same kit more than once – even despite this long-winded workaround they were doing on Etsy.

I looked for a better way to do it and couldn’t find anything suitable, so I set out to create my own specially designed tool.

The Digital Kit Catalog uses a similar concept to the Etsy “Favourites” workaround in that you can keep a visual record of your kits. But this time, you can keep a record of ALL your kits – not just the ones you’ve bought on Etsy.

Using The Digital Kit Catalog to organise junk journal digitals

Pros of this method:

  • You can quickly and easily filter your kits by designer, theme and the star rating you’ve given them.
  • You can easily categorise your kits by things like “On your wishlist”, “Bought/Owned” and “Used”.
  • You’ll be able to see your kits visually. Yay for feeling more inspired by them!
  • It’s easy to use and ready to go out of the box. But it’s also a very customisable tool.
  • If you have a small number of kits (approx. sub 20), you can also upload the kit PDFs to my tool, enabling you to download them whenever you need them.
  • You’ll also get access to a shop database to help you quickly navigate to your favourite designers’ shops, YouTube channels and Facebook groups.
  • You’ll also get a bonus product wishlist to help you keep track of more than just your digital kits.

Cons of this method:

  • It’s a paid tool, which you’ll buy directly from me. BUT… I’ve tried to keep it as cost-effective as possible. Especially as the tool also comes with training videos on how to use it… also created by yours truly!
  • The free plan on Airtable, which you can use for the tool, has a maximum upload limit of 1GB per database. This should be enough to store approximately 20 kit PDFs (based on my tests). If you have more than this, you’ll need to use my tool in combination with organised computer folders.

Please note this second point is only an issue if you want to upload the actual PDFs to the catalog. But if you want to keep a visual record of what you have, it’ll be a long time before you run out of data.

Does The Digital Kit Catalog sound like something you might be interested in? Check out this page to see more detailed info about my tool, including a video, screenshots and testimonials.

RELATED: Introducing My New Tool – The Digital Kit Catalog

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I hope you’ve found the information above helpful and that you’ll feel more organised going forward. Have I missed out on one of the ways you stay organised? Let me know in the comments below as I always like to hear from you…

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