DIY Boxes for Organizing

The dire NEED behind this DIY recycle project was this! The clutter bomb!!!

No matter how hard I tried, I just couldn’t take control of this clutter laden cane shelf in my storeroom…It had become a dumping yard. Finally, this weekend I decided to do something about it… I put milk cartons to do the job! Knowing that I have them coming in every month (How I regret throwing away so many of them 🙁 ) Here is the milk carton from drab to fab!

I reinforced the cartons with a two-inch scotch tape for extra strength and cut out space for holding the boxes.

I had this fabric for ages, I couldn’t put it to worthy use until now. Glued the fabric on the carton.

Lined the insides of the cartons with coloured cartridge sheets.

Added some finishing touches; made labels, attached rivets for labels.

Now that they are ready let me fill them up!

After placing these boxes on the cane shelf, a sliver of space remained along each of these boxes which was just right for a shoe box makeover.

Shoe cleaning stuff in shoebox!

Shoe cleaning stuff in a shoe-box!


Here’s the final look, for now, I am happy with the way I’ve managed to declutter the same shelf.  As you can see(in the cane shelf) I still have place for one more milk carton & I need three more shoe boxes (hmm……that’s a good excuse for shoe shopping! ;-))

I have enough leftover fabric for a couple of boxes…I’ll do it as and when I get my hands on them. For now the feeling is of a happy DIY Ninja! How do you organize things at your home? Any shortcut is welcome!



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27 thoughts on “DIY Boxes for Organizing

  1. I use this technique too. Except I never got to the “making boxes look fancy” part :). Thanks for sharing at Happiness is Homemade 🙂

  2. Oh i love these, i have lots of diaper boxes that would be perfect! Thanks for sharing at the Happiness is Homemade Link Party, hope to see you back on Sunday!

  3. Great idea! What/how did you line the insides of the boxes? What are coloured cartridge sheets?

    • Thanks Wendy! I lined the insides with A4 size coloured cartridge sheets using the white crafting glue. These sheets are similar to card stock. They come in a variety of colours. You can use any sturdy paper to line the insides. Try using glossy old calenders/magazines, they look pretty too!

  4. Hi Supriti, just stopping by from Krafty Cards etc. Great idea for organizing. I’ve made a few boxes, but they don’t look quite as nice as these! I’ve read of people using diaper boxes, too. Have a great day!

    Val @

  5. I desperately need to do this in my storage closet! Following from Go Crochet Crazy Party!

  6. Wow – I love the boxes….the contrast of the outside pattern and the inner color works so nice……..I LOVE the bright blue/purple inside! So cheery. Thank you for sharing this.

  7. This is a beautiful way to keep things organized. I love it!

  8. I could certainly use a little organization in my life, and I have so many boxes (yeah, I need to stop ordering stuff online) stashed in my basement. With your idea I can clean up two areas, my basement and my ever growing fabric stash in my sewing corner. Great idea! Thanks for sharing.

  9. Who knew you were throwing away such potential each week? We should all stop and consider if there is a possible use for anything we throw away on a regular basis. Those boxes remind me of some I saw at TJ Maxx or Ross. Very pretty.

  10. Looks great! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams on Fridays 😀 Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party

  11. Those look great. I need to look around and see what I can re-purpose.

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