Excuse me a moment while I hop up on my soapbox….
….and preach to myself.
Self….next time the valentines are on sale at Wal-Mart for 75% off….
…..you don’t need 20 of them.
Under no circumstances are you to rationalize the purchase by saying….we could use these as crafts or maybe we could donate extra to the class next year or maybe we could use extra stickers or any of the million and one other reasons you muttered to yourself….. as you added boxes and boxes and boxes of them to the cart.
Ditto for the boxes from the 75% off aisle at Hobby Lobby.
Ditto for the $5.00 chairs you bought at the auction.
Ditto for the black iron basket that was the most amazing deal you ever found in your entire life (or so you told the entire aisle of shoppers when you found it)…..
…..and is has been sitting in the corner of the attic for the last five years.
Self….you are an amazing shopper.
One of the best.
But please, please remember when you spot the sale signs and your heart starts pounding and you rush your cart into the aisle and start filling it to the top…..75% off of stuff you are never, ever, ever, ever going to use…..
….is not a bargain.
I’m currently in the process of weeding through all of the amazing bargains I bought……that are sitting in my attic.
Stacks and stacks and stacks of 75% off purchases that are simply bridesmaids…..
…..that never became brides.
I bought this coffee crate at a yard sale for $10.00. I almost fell over when I saw it. I mean….I had seen coffee crates all over magazines and blogs and Pinterest and everyone was using them and coffee crating their way into super stardom.
So I bought it.
And there it….and it’s $10.00-bargain-self sat…..
….for three years.
I tried it everywhere and it was always too big or too empty or too awkward or too bulky to use…..
How to Make a Coffee Crate Organizer
coffee crate from the depths of the attic
extra plywood for backing
Step 1: Cut box in half
I don’t really have a decent before picture.
I know…..I know…..this is the part of the tutorial where you nod your head.
This is not your first rodeo with me.
You’ve been here before.
Here’s an attempt to visualize what the box might have looked like with a picture with a lot of arrows.
Step 2: Cut each of the halves in half
Does this make sense?
I didn’t want the organizers to be the size of half the larger box.
So we reduced the size to about a 1/4 of the original size of the box.
It was easy.
It’s taking me more time to write this explanation that it does to actually make it. 🙂
Take board from the bottom of the box where you cut it in the middle and use the boards to reinforce the back of the box.
Step 3: Add another board at the back
Cut another piece of wood the width of the box and attach to the back.
Make sure you place the older wood at the top because that is what you see when you hang it on the wall.
You may also want to reinforce the bottom if you are planning on putting anything heavy into the box.
Step 4: Nail directly to wall
Start to organize.
I used them as extra storage for platters.
You could also store games or cards or wrapping paper or trays or out-of-season wreaths or baskets.
It’s an easy project and a great way to re-purpose almost-forgotten-about-crates from your attic.
Good thing I just bought a few more at a yard sale for a total bargain.