The process of going through every possession you own and having to make a decision to store, trash, donate, or throw it in a moving box promising you’ll deal with it next time you move is exhausting! Next time you’re getting ready to make that big move or just want to declutter and add some boxes to your storage, here are some ideas on how to make your own storage boxes by getting creative with what you already have on hand.
For the Desk
Looking for a great way to organize all of those loose papers, mail, bills, invites, and anything else you may drop into your “I’ll deal with it later” pile? Try these ideas using common cardboard boxes:
- Cereal boxes are the perfect width and height for folders and regular sized pieces of paper.
- Cracker and fruit snack boxes are great for cards, envelopes,notes.
- Pasta boxes work great for pen holders.
Cut the top off the boxes leaving a flap up at the back of the box, and a lower cut on the sides and front, stagger the height of different boxes so that they’re not flush with each other, but don’t cut the smallest box any shorter than the height of a toilet paper roll . Line the boxes up and duct tape them all together. Continue with as many different boxes as needed.
You can also place toilet paper rolls into the smaller box, so they act as a holder for pens and pencils you can easily grab and not lose at the bottom of the box.
For the Pantry
Do you hate stacking your canned goods on top of each other and never knowing what is behind them? Old soda can boxes can be utilized to store and dispense canned food items. The boxes already have a built in pop-out for where the cans come out, but all you have to do is cut a rectangle the size of the can you want to store on top, all the way in the back. Drop cans in and when one is taken out, the next will roll to the front just like a soda can.
The great thing about this is you can easily stack these boxes on top of each other and when moving, no need to pack cans separately, just grab the box and go.
For Makeup and Jewelry
We all know that the moment you set a necklace down next to any others they immediately get tangled. Here are some ideas for organizing your jewelry and makeup:
- Ice cube trays are just the right size for a necklace, bracelet, rings, and earrings. Use adhesive saran wrap to easily contain the ice cube tray when moving or storing.
- Pillbox organizers are just as good and come conveniently with a lid
- Old rakes add a little rustic decor and you can use the tines to properly hang necklaces and avoid the tangle.
- Use an over the door shoe organizer to store eyeshadow pallets, foundation bottles, tubes of mascara, hairspray, brushes, barrettes, etc. It is easy to then take off the door and roll right up when planning to move.
- Get an old piece of metal, frame it, and place magnets to the back of all your pallets and brushes. Hang it on the wall and all your items will stick in place.
Toilet paper rolls or or halved paper towel tubes and over the door organizers also work great for toy storage. Place tubes in an old shoe box and use them to store action figures, toy cars, etc. Use the over the door organizer for small books, doll clothes, etc.