Monday, March 15, 2010

Organizing with boxes

Could you would you in a:

Could you would you with a:

Pure poetry. ;)

I found those two hideously patterned and mismatching storage boxes at a garage sale for one dollar each. I have been needing storage boxes so badly I didn't even care what they looked like! (I got a gift card to my favorite craft store and instead of buying fun stuff I bought storage boxes - does that tell you what a sad state of affairs my creative supplies are in?)

Most of my craft storage boxes are the kraft box color (no punnery intended) and I ended up swapping the two patterned ones shown above with some I already had but had to empty. They never get seen so it won't matter. Then at least I had five that were basically matching.

I have my finger in so many craft pies, so to speak, that I have supplies coming out of my ears. Things like:

As well as adhesives fill those boxes. I filled the new ones with embellishments and ephemera.

I just adore the word ephemera and got a ridiculous amount of pleasure at having a whole box full. It basically means bits and scraps of paper.

After my switching of boxes and organizing of materials I realized there were still plenty more categories that could use their own box so I started collecting shoe boxes and then I...spray painted them. Yeah, a bit lazy, but I was dreading the thought of covering them in paper. Spray paint works just great in case you were wondering. Just be sure to do it in light coats or your paint will run. Now they look much better and won't clash with my other matchy matchy boxes.

My labels are actually stickers - so easy!

Did I mention I had them in plastic bags before? Now they stack and I can put them on a shelf or even slide them under the bed.

There are some boxes I don't do when organizing though - I don't do DVD boxes. Unless it is a TV series those boxes get tossed and I put my movies in a zippered case.

My action movies page. :)

Just to give you an idea of how much space this saves me, I currently have 59 movies in here and it's not even full yet. Now imagine if I had to store all those boxes! That's space I could be using for craft supplies! ;)

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Tammy said...

Love the boxes. I too have a bunch on my shelves in my art room. They are wonderful. They look pretty and are functional. What more could a girl ask for?

Missie/Crafting with Cat Hair said...

You are so organized!

I saw in some magazine that they used these boxes in the laundry room to store fabric sheets, clothespins, etc. I thought that was such a cute idea. Now, I am having a heck of a time finding cheap boxes. :)

Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage said...

Spray painting shoe boxes -- now that is my kind of craft!!! ;)

Melissa said...

I love how organized you are. I'm glad I'm not the only one who gets all excited over being organized, haha!

Struggler said...

Spray paint on boxes? Great idea. I love your sideways labels, too.

Sonja @ Craft-Werk said...

Ooooh, love your boxes. Am a fan of prettified shoe boxes myself. (Should buy more shoes and make more ;-)).
Anyway, wanted to say hello and thanks for following Craft-Werk!

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

I LOVE both ideas...thanks for sharing!!
And your skeleton key in a shadow box turned out beautiful! Great idea!

Meg said...

Great idea! Very organized. Doesn't it feel good when you're all done? Love the Mosaic Monday post, too!

The DIY Show Off said...

I need your help! lol Great organization! :)


Leah said...

You made me chuckle...I've been reading Green Eggs and Ham every day this past week!

Wish I could get organized like you!!

tales from an oc cottage said...

Serenity? You're a Browncoat then? '}

m ^..^