It is day 4 of my mini office supply organizing challenge. This is the last drawer in my office that needed to have an organizing system put into place. One of the criteria I set for this challenge was to use things I already had on hand. I am all for reusing, recycling, re-purposing whenever possible. I was really excited when I was able to use a re-purposed packaging box to organize the contents of drawer #4.
Re-purposed Packaging Box
There are some packaging boxes that are nice and sturdy and sometimes even pretty. When I come across boxes like this I save them. They make great gift boxes and organizers. If you have ever received or purchased Apple products you know the packaging boxes are really nice and sturdy. The packaging box consists of two pieces: a base where the product is secured in place and a lid that is a bit bigger than the base and slides over it. I got my hands on an Apple TV box and I knew it would come in handy especially after seeing the built in dividers. It turns out it was the perfect height for my IKEA Kallax drawer.
Drawer #4 contents include two label makers, a power cord for one of them, label tape cartridges, charging cables, USB power adapters and other accessories.
I had two scraps of drawer liner left from the pieces I cut for drawers 1 & 3.
I randomly tested one of the scraps for fit and it looked like it took about half the drawer so I added the second one. A perfect fit!
I put the Apple TV box and lid side by side in the drawer. Because the lid is slightly bigger there was a bit of a gap between the back side of the box and the drawer. There was also a slight gap in width. The width of the box and lid side by side were a bit smaller than the width of the drawer. I added scraps of foam core board to the side and back of the box. Doing so secured the box in place. It also lined up the front of the box with the front of the lid so they are even.
I added the power cable to the box and used the smaller section to house the label tape cartridges and owner’s manuals. I used the lid to corral all the cables, power adapters and other accessories.
Mini office supply organizing challenge complete! Have you re-purposed any packaging boxes lately? Let me know all the details in the comments below.