So real quick like…. Not a lot of time for a project this week AND I sometimes like to post simple projects for those who think they are not crafty or creative.
I wouldn’t say I’m a type A personality when it comes to organization, but I like to have a place for everything and everything in its place.
I’ve had this filing box for years. No, it isn’t pretty, but it has always been in a closet or a cupboard. What works for me now though is having it out and accessible. I use it to keep all current important documents handy and to file our bills.
Since it sits on the floor out in the open now, (filing cabinets don’t work for me – that’s why) I find it to be a real eye sore. I went hunting today for a pretty decorative box and while I found many, I settled on this one:
I thought the little flip top compartment in the lid was so handy; A great place to store envelopes, stamps and mailing labels and a pair of reading glasses – all the items I need when I am working out of the box.
I often cover boxes with decorative paper and use them for storage on shelves. It’s a simple, cheap and easy way to add a bit of “style”, pizzazz, or color. For this one I just applied some scrapbook paper (from Steam Punk Botanicals Recollections Paper stack) on the top and front. I was in a hurry and didn’t have time to cut around the handle openings on the sides, so I opted for a simple layout:
Very easy, just cut out a design and glue it on the box (I used modge podge) decoupage style. This is a very simple way to add your own personality and taste to a basic storage box (like a sturdy shoe box) in very little time. This took me about 30 minutes. You wouldn’t even have to cut out the pattern, you could wrap it like a present with some beautiful wrapping paper (just wrap the lid and bottom separately).
Boxes are a great way to organize and store small items AND recycle otherwise functional boxes. All it takes is your favorite pattern and some Modge Podge! (If you feel challenged at even using Modge Podge, you could opt for stickers.)
And now to find a way to repurpose that ugly file box…