File Organization {Using a Cardboard Box}

I love when I create a project that solves a real legitimate problem.  I love pretty eye-candy projects, too.  But I feel so useful when I can create something that solves a problem around the house.  The ideas really flow for me that way.

Yesterday, mr. oopsey daisy needed some help organizing his office.  (Yes, he has an office and I have a craft room.  We are so lucky!!)  Organization is a tricky issue in our house.  I love organization.  And so does mr. oopsey daisy.  But no matter how I try to help his organization, he simply doesn't put things away.  So we are always re-organizing!

Yesterday, I spontaneously created this file organization system using an old cardboard box and a magazine file.  Halfway through the project, I realized I should be taking pictures to share this little solution-to-our-problem with you!



When I told the mister that I would be taking pictures of his clutter, he hurried to organize his papers into neat piles.  Sadly, it is not usually this neat.  He doesn't want to put away his most important papers, so he just leaves them out on top of the desk.  And then those important receipts or notes written on tiny business cards somehow get lost in those piles!  I really wanted his desk surface clean, so we worked on a solution to the organization problem!


We needed somewhere to stow away all of those important current papers and action items.  So I started out with this magazine file that we already had around the house.  To prevent those important little papers from getting lost, I knew that we needed to create some dividers.

Next, I raided the ever-growing pile of boxes.  We have no furniture in our entry yet so we have been creating towers of cardboard boxes instead!  So I snagged one of the boxes and used my exacto knife to cut out 5 cardboard dividers.

I had to open up a few boxes, but I found my scrapbook paper in the stash!  What a happy sight. I love scrapbook paper!

I decided to cover each cardboard divider with scrapbook paper.  I just traced it, cut out the paper, and glued it on.  I was creaful to select some of my more "manly" papers! (If that's even possible!)

I carefully hot glued each divider into the magazine holder to be sure they would stand up on their own.

Spur of the moment, I created some tabs using some green vinyl.

I LOVE the fact that we have a very useful system here and didn't spend a penny.  (I need more projects like this!)


Ahhhh. So much better than the piles all over the desk don't you think?  This represent compromise perfectly.  He gets to keep his important papers out on his desk, and I love the organization!  Win, win.

Now will the organization last?  Fingers crossed!

Come back tonight for Wednesday's Wowzers!  I can't wait!

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  1. I just love this idea, so simple and easy but makes a massive difference on a desk!

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  2. Are we married to the same man? This is the simplest touch, but makes a huge difference in the “look” of the desk, I bet! I’d love for you to come link this up at my Tuesday Time Out Party!


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  3. please come organize my house too! 😉 this is both cute and functional..a match made in heaven!

    Bonnie @ uncommon

  4. This is such a great idea! Love this! I would love for you to link this up to my Feature Friday Linky Party @ Blissful and Domestic

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  5. Hi Alison! I was sooooo happy to meet you at SNAP. This is a great idea. I end up with piles and piles of papers on my counters and this is a great solution. I’ve seen a lot of on-the-wall type of organization options, but I have never loved those cause I don’t really want to display my junky mail and papers on need to sort through on the wall. Great solution! I love the papers you chose as well. Good luck with the unpacking. I’m impressed that you were able to fit in a tutorial with everything that must be on your plate 🙂
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