Welcome to day 2 of my office supplies organizing challenge. Yesterday I mentioned I finally have drawers for my office supplies. I am coming up with ways to maximize the storage potential within each drawer. For drawer number two I happened to have two store bought tray organizers with 3 sections each. The trays fit nicely from front to back but don’t fill the width of the drawer. There is a gap in between the trays.
Here is the side view of the drawer. The organizers are slightly taller than the drawer but don’t prevent it from closing.
The gap between the tray organizers is perfect to hold some of the supplies that don’t fit in the smaller compartments. I gathered some small boxes I had saved to re-purpose and tested them for fit.
They both fit in between the gap and worked well to hold washi tape roles and some of my bigger notepads that don’t fit in the other compartments.
This setup worked okay but the box with the notepads is a bit narrow and it’s taller than the tray organizers so it just stuck out from the top even more. I wanted something that fit a little better so I decided to make my own custom sized cardboard box.
D.I.Y. cardboard box
1. Determine the size of the box
I measured the width, the height and the length I wanted to fill.
2. Transfer the measurements to cardboard piece
I adjusted my measurements to use up the entire piece of cardboard I had.
3. Score along the lines and cut
Fold along the scored and cut lines.
4. Make it pretty and glue the box together
I found a scrap piece of wrapping paper that was close to the size of my cardboard piece. I positioned it over the cardboard loosely and folded along the scored lines. Doing this creases the paper so it doesn’t rip when you fold the cardboard up to make the box. I cut the paper along the sides where the cardboard was cut.
After the paper was creased and cut where it need to be cut I glued it to the cardboard. I also added washi tape along the edges to cover the cardboard that was still visible.
Side Note: I changed my mind about my wrapping paper and washi tape choice. Since I had already glued the wrapping paper to the cardboard I flipped it over and did the other side. I covered it with white contact paper and then added a hot pink washi tape with a heart motif on it. This became the inside of my box.
Once I was done I folded the long sides of the cardboard up and wrapped the flaps behind the shorter side and glued into place. I did the same on the other side to finish the box.
5. Use the D.I.Y. cardboard box
All done. The problem is now solved. I have a custom sized box that fills the gap and holds my notepads in place.
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