Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Thirfty Thursday: Repurposing Post Office Boxes for Scrapbook Paper Storage

It's Van here with another Thrifty Thursday post on how I store my 12x12 scrapbook paper. 

Now I love my patterned paper as much as the next scrapper but it is a pain figuring out cheap and affordable ways to store it.  All the fancy paper storage solutions available at the crafting stores look fantastic.  But in all honesty, I'd rather spend my money buying more paper than boxes.  So after perusing the internet awhile back, I came up with a completely free solution - USPS Medium Sized Flat Rate Boxes.

They are large enough to hold 12x12 paper and you can customize the boxes to fit your needs.  I personally stack my boxes to store the paper flat and here is how I do it.

Step 1.  Get some flat rate boxes.  It's all actually amazingly simple because you can order the boxes from the US Postal Service website and have the boxes delivered right to your door!

Step 2.   Assemble the boxes.  It goes without saying that the boxes will arrive at your doorstep (or you can pick them up at the post office) flat.  So follow the instructions and assemble the boxes. 

Step 3.  Cut the box.  Here's a photo of where you should make your cuts for flat paper storage.

You'll end up with something like this...

Then just stack them up and fill them with paper!  We live in a pretty small apartment which is hurting for storage.  So my boxes sit stacked up in the closet like this.

Definitely not the prettiest thing in the world, but it works for me.  I've seen people cover these boxes with paper to pretty them up.  But I'm basically can't be bothered (especially they sit inside the closet.) 

If you're looking for a vertical paper storage solution, check out this blog post.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

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