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The most awesome magazine holders

January 9, 2010
Cerealbox Organizer

Image from marthastewart.com

Last summer, the man and I stupidly paid $15 each for two sets of three magazine boxes.  They were the nicest I’d seen and are sturdy enough.  But $15?  The boxes at Ikea are smelly and ugly, and after searching around town, $15 was the cheapest I could find for something that won’t fall apart too quickly and looked nice with our bookshelves.  Later on I came across a tutorial whereby someone had gone through the trouble of cutting out the parts of a magazine box out of furniture packing boxes (like the kind you get from Ikea).  At the time I had a load of cardboard around, but I wasn’t up to spending hours cutting out pieces and gluing them together.

When I saw this idea I couldn’t believe I hadn’t thought of making something this simple.  Cereal boxes.  Seriously.  As organizers. Not just for magazines, but for pretty much anything. Bills, loose papers, receipts, maps, small notebooks – really, their uses are limited only to the imagination.

We don’t buy cereal often at all.  But if it means I can get a magazine or storage box out of it then heck yes, I’ll eat more cereal.  And as you can see in this example, they’ve even used those tiny Kellogg’s cereal boxes.  You know, those ones you can cut open to make a cereal bowl that never actually work?  I’d also have never thought of using something like a cracker box as a recipe card organizer.

You could use any sort of box for any sort of organizer, actually.  If you have a long rectangular cracker box you could slice off the top at a diagonal and use it to store longer stationary items, like rulers.  You could even use such a box for storing long knitting needles.  Worried about the box tipping over?  Just weight it down with a small bag of lentils or rice in the bottom of the box. If you’re extra crafty, you could sew a quick bag with some fabric scraps, fill it with the lentils or rice, and sew up the opening.  Or you could just lie it down flat and apply a tab to the top of it to pull it out of a shelf when you want something inside of it.  That way, you could stack a whole bunch of boxes that shape into a cubbyhole-like space.

Check out the super brief “tutorial” here.

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