Oh Give Me a Home: where loose papers can’t roam

It’s time to organize some more stuff!  This idea is extremely inexpensive and can be used in so many ways.  It’s a cardboard magazine file from Ikea!

FLYT magazine file from Ikea

FLYT magazine file from Ikea

I didn’t know these little boxes could make my life so easy.  I use them to store all of my piano music (organized by genre of course).

Piano music and scrapbook paper

Piano music and scrapbook paper

I use them to store magazines that I can’t bear to throw away (chronologically of course).  I use them to tidy up all those family histories my mother wrote (alphabetically by subject of course).

Family Histories

Family Histories

I use them to hold study guides and reference materials that I might or might never need again (labeled “General Reference” of course).  I use them to hold all my junior high and high school yearbooks (times 2 because my husband has a set also).

Yearbooks from Days Gone By

Yearbooks from Days Gone By

I use them to hold my 8.5 x 11 scrapbooking paper.

Scrapbook Papers

Scrapbook Papers

I use them to hold my printer paper, photo paper, and page protectors.  And I made my own larger ones to hold my 12 x 12 scrapbooking paper.  The boxes are plain white, but you can see that I dressed up some of them with scrapbook paper and fancy lettering, just for fun.

You can buy them at Ikea for $1.49 for a 5-pack or order them online, but beware that shipping charges can cost more than the product.  I ordered them from Amazon with free shipping, but had to pay a little more for the product.  It was still cheaper than driving to the nearest Ikea, which is now 70 miles away from my home.  Shop around, even on Amazon, and find the best deal.

And if you caught a glimpse of my newly painted, beautiful gray piano or my aged industrial shelves, stay tuned for a future post on those items!

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