When it comes to organizing, I’m kind of a paradox. If you visit my home, it’s decidedly messy, but if you look at my notes and general habits, I am a pretty organized person. I know where things are (even in the mess) and I like to be able to find things.
Today I’m sharing an easy ten-fifteen minute project that you can easily do yourself: a mail organizer! Why spend over $20 for something you can upcycle out of a cereal box with newspaper, pair of scissors, and glue?
- a box (cereal box, pancake mix box–whatever you choose to use)
- pair of scissors or a box cutter
- newspaper, wrapping paper, old pages from books, magazines, anything to cover the box with
- pencil (kind of optional)
- ruler (optional)
First, chop the box you’re using into two parts, and make sure one half is taller than the other. You can use a pencil and a ruler to help you as you mark where to cut. For me, the cereal box was extra long, so I had to divide it into three parts.
Second, take your two halves and glue them together. When you’re done, it should look something like this:
After that is the hard part: deciding what you want to use to dress up your organizer. Some mediums I would suggest: old magazines, old book pages, newspaper, wrapping paper, fabric. I used the arts section of the New York Times:
And voila! It’s that simple. Now you can have a nice little place to keep all your incoming and outgoing mail. You can easily cut the cereal box length-wise to store longer paper, scraps, or any other kinds of paper. There are many ways to use organizers, so see what works for you!