Get Organized 2011

Part of my New Year’s Resolutions was to get organized!  I am going to try to post each Wednesday about my organizing battles and ideas…

What better place to start then in the kitchen?  In order to make this managable, I divided my kitchen cabinets into 4 “zones”.  I tackled zone 1 first.

So first things first, throwing away.  No family NEEDS that many plastic cups.  So three garbage bags later….

So much better…and do you see it??  I gained some space!!  Score!
Also in zone 1…the dreaded plastic bowls….

I have tried everything….nothing seems to last…so I came up with the idea just to have two large containers.  One for bowls and one for lids.  But who wants to spend money on containers??  Yep…came up with a way to get ‘em for free!!  Paper boxes work great in that area of my cabinets.  I rounded up two and some fabric and came up with…

Free storage never looked so good!  Wanna make your own?  I cut a piece of heavy duty fabric from my stash the width of my paper box and used spray adhesive to glue it on….

If you are using a fabric that frays, put fray check around the exposed edges.  My fabric did not quite meet in the back…

I just cut another small piece and glued it into place. 

Now for the liner….I used my box to cut my fabric to size.  One piece for the bottom.  And one looooong piece to go all the way around the inside and hang over the edge.

Sew the two together all the way around the bottom.

Then sew up the side where you fabric meets.  Yep just one seam around the inside.

Then turn your fabric under all the way around the rim and sew.

Slip it into your box.  I wanted a tie so I cut a small slit into the fabric and threaded in some ribbon.

FREE storage!  All the fabric was from my stash! 

Now doesn’t this cabinet look better?

Bring those paper boxes home from work today!

See how to cover plain boxes with fabric and use them for organizing around your home.


  1. says

    Nice work! I just tackled a similar section of my kitchen… I didn’t make crafty boxes like you did, and I didn’t take photos along the way… but I think (FOR ONCE!) my results are almost as good as yours!! Yay me!! (And YAY you too!)

  2. says

    Aren’t you the clever one with your before and after box transformation. Goes to show what a little ingenuity will do for those pesky storage problems. Nice idea. Thanks for sharing.

  3. says

    omg I love DIY organizing projects! I love organizing, but I’m not good at taking the time to make things for it.
    I’d love it if you would come over and link up your Wednesday organizing posts to my Organizing Mission Monday link party. I keep it open until Saturday.
    Hope to see you there.

  4. Anonymous says

    I have been using the tops of paper boxes, covered with contact paper for over 20 years. Seriously, that’s how long they have held up. I just recovered them for the 2nd time yesterday.

  5. says

    What a great idea! I love that you were so thrifty! I saw a post where someone covered large diaper boxes and they looked fabulous. I was thinking of trying something similar. :)
    Plastic containers drive me crazy. Mine are in my lazy susan right now and they fall out everywhere. I’ve got to think of a better idea. Thank you so much for linking up to my party!

  6. says

    I would have never thought about making my own container. I am in love with this idea! I could have fabulous containers and use up some of my leftover fabric. Thanks for sharing!

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