My mom told me once that when I was little, I loved having little boxes to sort and store things. And I've realized that I still do this. I tend to collect a lot of things, but I really like feeling organized, so I store them away in boxes, so I can get to them but don't have to look at them all the time. Some of my favorite items we own are boxes to store tea or office supplies.
|Our tea box from Rick's grandma|
|One of my favorite garage sale finds|
For a while I had my magazine collection on a bookshelf, but I found when I took one out, the whole stack slid out of place, and I would have to reorganize the whole thing. I'd been thinking about magazine boxes, but I didn't want to pay for them (even though I doubt they are much money at all), so I decided it couldn't be that hard to make them. It definitely wasn't hard, but it did take me a few hours (I worked on them while Rick and I watched a movie).
We had all of the supplies, so it didn't cost me anything, but even buying the supplies would be cheap. We had plenty of moving boxes and packing tape, and I used both scissors and a razor blade, so I didn't bend the cardboard too much. I also had this pad of patterned paper, which is one of my favorite buys from Michael's.
First, I organized my magazines according to title and then date, just so I knew how big to make each box.
I cut the flaps off of the moving boxes and then cut up each side, so I had manageable pieces of cardboard.
I used the flaps of the moving boxes for the front, back, and bottom of the magazine boxes, and I measured the width of the stacks of magazines to be sure I cut the right sizes.
I then used the larger cardboard pieces for the two sides of the magazine box. I measured these against the magazine stacks as well. The razor blade was really helpful for this part.
Once I cut all of my pieces, I set them out like this and taped them together:
(Because my patterned paper wasn't too heavy, I cut the cardboard so that the writing would be on the inside and not show through the paper on the outside.)
I tried to tape each seam on the outside as well as on the inside since the magazines are pretty heavy, and I wanted sturdy boxes. I found that folding the tape in half (like a hotdog) helped when taping the inside of the box because I could apply the tape to one side and then unfold it and press it on the other side without it getting bent or wrinkled (if that makes sense).
Then I wrapped the box using my sheets of paper. I didn't worry about the rough cardboard edges because the paper covered them up, and I used lots of tape, so they came out smooth in the end.
I ended up needing three sheets of paper for the wider boxes because I had to cover the gaps on the front and back. But the smaller boxes only used two sheets of paper.
Then I filled them up.
This morning I decided I like the the sides with the pattern, and not the magazine spines, showing, so I made some labels for the backs of the boxes. I used address label stickers and then cut off the corners, so they didn't look so generic.
So now I have a clean office and a clear mind to get back to my thesis. :)