4 Ways to Organize with Cereal Boxes
Family organization is an on going process. Finding what works for you and your family can take time and sometimes money. Here are 4 great organization ideas that you can create using items you already have at home!
1. School Work Organizer
You’ll need a cereal box, scissors, paper (roll paper works best), adhesive and crayons/markers.
1) Start with an empty cereal box.
2) Cut off the top tabs.
3) Using a ruler (0r another box) mark a diagonal line across the top half of the box.
4) Cut along the line as well as the side and back.
This is the base for your file.
Wrap the paper around the box and adhere using adhesive of your choice. A spray adhesive or mod podge would work well because of the coverage but a hot glue gun or other type of glue would work as well.
Allow your kids to decorate and label their own boxes.
Fill with school work or whatever papers need organizing!
2. Family Mail/Document Sorter
For this project you’ll need cereal boxes of the same size (1 for each family member), wrapping paper, tape, adhesive, letter stickers.
Start with cereal boxes all the same size.
Cut off all the top tabs.
Glue all the boxes together. Hot glue is a good strong adhesive for this project.
Next, wrap the boxes in wrapping paper. Line the edge up with the open edge of the boxes.
Wrap each open edge with duct or packing tape. Since papers will be sliding in and out, the edges will get worn quickly – the tape will keep this from happening!
Add a letter or label to each slot
Fill each slot with mail, work etc.
3. Drawer Organizer
We all know drawers can get messy very quickly. Using cereal boxes you can create a completely custom set of drawer organizers! You’ll need empty cereal boxes, wrapping paper, adhesive and scissors.
Start with an empty drawer.
Place a cereal box in the drawer and mark where the top of the drawer hits on the box.
Cut the box all the way around on the line.
Repeat for as many boxes as you need to fill your drawer.
Now you can cover each box with wrapping paper. Cut strips to fit just inside the box, carefully creasing without ripping the paper.
Using Mod Podge as an adhesive as well as a thin layer on top should make your organizers last quite a while.
Repeat for all organizers.
Fill with all the things that usually get lost and mixed up in a drawer.
A perfect storage solution!
4. School Supply Organizer
Ease some of the frustration of homework time by making a portable organizer that holds all the things your kids are usually searching for.
You’ll need a couple of cereal boxes, duct tape and scissors.
Start with the bottom of a cereal box.
If you’re organizing lots of small items or will be grabbing or putting things away often, cut a slant in the box.
Using the side as a template cut out a few inserts from the piece of the box you cut off.
These will act as dividers so use as many as you need.
Attach the dividers with duct tape.
Cut another box the same height.
Connect the two pieces with duct tape.
Wrap the entire organizer with the tape. When you come to corners snip the tape so it can lay flat
Add labels and fill!
Allison Waken is a kids’ activity and craft guru always ready to try something new. See more on her blog, All for the Boys, where she features activities and crafts that inspire creativity, play and interaction.