Day 6 - Boxes {31 Cheap & Easy DIY Organizers} | From Overwhelmed to Organized: Day 6 - Boxes {31 Cheap & Easy DIY Organizers}

Monday, October 6, 2014

Day 6 - Boxes {31 Cheap & Easy DIY Organizers}

Think you have to spend a lot of money on costly organizing tools to get your house in order?  Nope!  Getting organized doesn't have to be expensive!

Throughout this series I'm sharing ideas to help you organize your home by either

  • making simple organizers with things that don't cost very much OR
  • using items you already have in a different way.
If cost has been holding you back from getting organized, now you've got no more excuses!  

Today I want to talk about boxes.  You've probably got a bunch of these around your home and they are great for storage!  You can use any kind of box and any size to group like items together and store them.  Shoe boxes, boot boxes, diaper boxes, and delivery boxes are all perfect for storage.

You don't need to do anything with boxes to use them.  But sometimes it's nice to cover them up with something to make them more decorative.  I know for me it's easier to keep something organized when it looks pretty :)

So today, I'm going to share ideas for decorating boxes.  All very cheap and easy DIY organizers!  Even if you're not a DIY'er :)

  • One way of decorating boxes is to cover them in fabric.  Choose fabric that matches the decor in the space you will use them and they will inspire you to use them to stay organized!  Here are two tutorials on how to do this. 

Goodbye House, Hello Home

I Heart Organizing

  • If you're using a box to store toys or other items in a child's bedroom or playroom, you could decorate the box with pages from a favourite storybook! 

What's Up Fagans

  • You can also cover a box with shelf liner.  

1-2-3 Neat & Tidy

  • If you want to keep things really simple, you can use gift wrap.  It might not be as durable as some of the other options, so it's probably best for boxes you don't access on a frequent basis.  But definitely cheap and easy :)

Aren't these boxes pretty?  Again, you don't have to decorate boxes to use them to help you organize.  They're are cheap and easy DIY organizers without DIY'ing anything!  But wouldn't pretty boxes make you want to stay organized if you have them in your home?  You can also keep your eyes open for sales on pretty boxes, but it's so easy to take an ordinary box and transform it into a decorative storage container.  

For more cheap and easy DIY Organizer ideas, here are a few other posts I've written.

You can find lots of other cheap and easy DIY organizers on my DIY Organizers board on Pinterest.  Make sure you're following me on Pinterest so you don't miss any DIY organizer ideas!

How do you use boxes to get organized?  Have you ever decorated boxes?  Do pretty boxes make you more inclined to keep the area organized? Share pictures of your DIY'd boxes in the comments!

Happy {Cheap & Easy DIY} organizing!

Here are all the posts in the series.

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  1. I love covering boxes and using them for storage - they are such a budget friendly solution to a lot of my clutter.

    1. Definitely budget friendly Cathy! And they are so functional.

  2. I have wanted to try doing the fabric one, but never got around to it. I really like the idea of the story book decoupage though!

    1. The story book one is so creative isn't it Natalie? Kids would love using it with their favourite book all over it!

  3. Those boxes are definitely pretty! I plan to follow your series, because I feel like I'm surrounded with STUFF that needs to be organized. Love it!

    Cindy at Notes in the Key of Life

    1. They sure are Cindy! Hope you're finding lots of great ideas in the series. And if you've got any "extra" stuff... you may want to check out my 31 Days of Easy Decluttering series and the 365 Items in 365 Days decluttering challenge too (both are in the menu at the top). Happy organizing!

  4. I've tried this but unfortunately the box doesn't last very long. Perhaps I'm not using one that's thick enough?

    1. Depending what you're using it for, a thicker box is usually more durable, especially if it's being used on a daily basis (such as for toys).

  5. Great post! I am going to do a post on where to get boxes that do hold up! Some boxes are cut out for re-use and some aren't. Love the Aldi box idea!

    1. Send me your post Mama and I'll add it in... there are definitely some boxes that are better than others.


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