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Decorative organization boxes + baskets

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Today is back to school for the kids which means, my son will be bringing loads of paperwork home everyday. I will admit, we need a little organization help. Last year when he started kindergarten, I was not prepared for the amount of “stuff” that teachers send home. Don’t get me wrong, I like being informed and kept up to date so bring on the paper!  I just wasn’t organized. The stacks of paper took over our dining room which serves as our eat-in kitchen, lego building room and homework/craft area. This year, while I’m a little late, I am on the hunt for inexpensive stylish boxes and baskets  to keep everything tidy and neat. I plan on turning this cabinet in our dining room below in to a stylish organization space for school papers and homework supplies.

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Yesterday I removed everything from the cabinet, including the yellow poster board. I love starting with a clean slate! I found these on sale at the Container Store and I am seriously considering getting them for “my” stuff. They are part of the Stockholm Collection and super cute! They are to girly for my son’s stuff but I am loving them for me.

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The stockholm collection as a variety of lacquered and fabric choices varying in colors and patterns. They also have the coordinating pencil holders, magazine holders and letter sorters. I think our cabinet would look fabulous with some of these color coordinated pieces.

 

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Kim at Sand and Sisal refinished this side table and added inexpensive baskets for storage. Loving the DIY tags.

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Kari Anne at Thistlewood Farms decided to spruce up her existing baskets by adding stenciled painted numbers to the front. Functional and pretty!

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Now Brittany at Pretty Handy Girl gets the most creative award. She used an old diaper box and covered it with scrapbook paper to create a stylish mail sorter bin.

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Chris at Just a Girl blog decided to incorporate white storage boxes and magazine holders from Ikea in her built in unit. Can I just tell you how much I am loving Ikea right now. I am considering doing this exact project below. We need a set of built in’s and I think the Ikea Billy bookcase may be the best solution. Super inexpensive and with a little DIY know how, you can spruce them up in no time with base and crown molding.

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Chris also added super cute card stock tags to bins and jars to keep her laundry area organized. There are so many bright colored plastic bins and baskets. The nice thing about plastic, especially in the laundry room, is they can be washed or wiped clean.

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Kate at Centsational Girl used fabric to recover a set of wooden craft boxes she had. She has a great tutorial as well so be sure to check it out.

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I am seeing a trip to our local Ikea store soon. These colorful and vibrant storage boxes start at $3.99 for a set of 2. Really? That’s a bargain in my book! Although, I will be scouring our home first to see what boxes, bins and baskets we have that perhaps I can recover with fabric or paint.

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I cannot wait to get this cabinet organized for the boat loads of paper heading to our home in the upcoming weeks and creating a functional organized area for school and homework supplies. Hopefully I will be sharing with you soon our new cabinet full of inexpensive decorative boxes and baskets providing us with a little organization.

 

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2 Comments

  1. What a great idea, Jesse. I can already see some pretty Federal blue boxes in your cabinet, a bright red cup holding some yellow No. 2 pencils and a framed picture of your husband graduating from high school. Ha, ha! What could be more inspiring?

  2. Love the built ins from IKEA. There is a store right across from the rink where my daughter plays hockey, need to take a little trip and your blog along for inspiration!