Tuesday, January 1, 2013

1 While waiting on the bookcases... Recycled Magazine Holder

We have to wait until Thursday for our new bookcases to arrive in order to put them together and get all of the junk currently stacking up in our sitting room put up.

In the meantime, I have to sort through aforementioned junk and figure out what to keep, what to toss, and how to better organize the things that we are going to keep.

One problem in our previous TV stand turned printer cabinet, was that the different types of printer paper that I use was all stacked on top of each other, and the cabinet was halfway blocked by the previous desk, so I could only open one of the little doors.

I have 8.5 x 11" photo paper, 4 x 6 photo paper, post it printer paper, standard printer paper, parchment paper, heavy cardstock paper, and probably some others that I'm forgetting.  You can see how quickly this can become a mess when you have to dig through a stack of paper to find the correct one.

I decided the vertical magazine cardboard boxes would be perfect to store these.  I wondered if there was a DIY way to do these, and started searching Pinterest/Google.  Apparently, there IS a DIY way to recycle old priority boxes and the idea has been around for several years.

NOTE: I'd like to stress the best way to do this is to recycle used priority boxes.  I shop a lot online, so this wasn't a problem for me.  I keep pretty much every box I get in the mail just "in case" I can use it again.  The problem is, I never get to reuse them.  This is a great way to reuse the Priority Boxes you get in the mail instead of throwing them out.

Step 1: Take a standard priority box.  Measure one edge to be 12" (or shorter if you have shorter bookshelves)

Step 2: Measure the other end to be 6"

Step 3: Draw a line between your two marks.

Step 4: Use a razor blade to cut along your lines.

Step 5: You have your shape!  On a couple of my boxes, I used the part that I cut off, and put it inside my box in order to make it sturdier.  To do this, you need to cut the shorter end off of the excess (pictured below)  For my box that held the regular computer paper and the 110 lb printer paper, this was a must for sturdiness.

Step 6: This is where I became stumped.  There are a lot of different ways I found to cover these.  Some use fabric.  Some use contact paper.  Some paint and use scrapbook paper.  With so many options, I wasn't exactly sure WHAT I wanted to do.  Finally, I decided to use scrapbook paper.  I didn't paint the cardboard before putting paper on, I just wrapped the paper around so that no red edges would show from the Priority Box.

The finished product ...

For now I have them stored in the cabinet of my new desk.  I imagine I will put them on the bookshelf nearest the printer, once we have our bookshelves in.  The top shelf of the desk cabinet has all my rolls of vinyl.  I haven't figured out the best way to store those yet.  i just know I use them a lot so I need them close and handy!

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