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Recycle Day/2: Shoe Box

Even if you don’t have a kid at home, it is still inevitable to avoid clutter. I have a tendency not to put things back to their respective places after using them so after a few days, there are pieces of everything everywhere. And so before 2013 starts, I am going to devote most of my time de-cluttering our place and I need as much storage space as possible.

I love wicker baskets and they are just perfect to keep those little things together but with the number of boxes I need, it’s going to cost me a lot. There are quite a few shoe boxes lying around the house so I just have to find a way to make those work. And because shoe boxes are shallow, it might not be enough. So here’s my idea…


I bought a couple of packs of disposable chopsticks a month ago from Daiso (P88/pack of 100pcs) that I was supposed to use to make a sunburst mirror. But since I needed storage boxes, I used them for this project instead. This is so easy and quick. Just glue to chopsticks around the shoe box…


…and add a few sticks inside for reinforcement and you’re done! Notice how I glued the sticks to the box? That’s to keep it everything even. You can spray paint it or varnish it but right now I just left it bare. I’m loving the bleached wood effect.


I’m definitely going to make some more of this for our shelves.


And also for Bryce…


… and of course for my plants. Fake plants that is. Haha!

By the way, I did two more versions of this so please check them out here. 🙂

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20 Comments on Recycle Day/2: Shoe Box

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    December 28, 2012 at 5:22 pm (5 years ago)

    thank you for sharing this. I love it! I’m needing storage for my two girls wooksheets in Kumon and I have plenty of those shoeboxes around the house. I’m always picking up those done worksheets in many places in the house and it’s been getting in my nerves. This shoe box storage will definitely work so they can have a station to dump their done worksheets; I’ll just need to find a way on how to hang them. My only available space is a corner wall beside their room. Well, I hope I can share it when I’m done. =)

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    December 28, 2012 at 7:54 pm (5 years ago)

    I know how you feel about those worksheets. I actually did a couple of boxes for my kid’s Kumon worksheets (yours must be times two! hehe). I’m going to post it sometime next week. I’m still thinking of what to do with those sheets. They are too good to throw away. 🙂

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      January 2, 2013 at 6:37 pm (5 years ago)

      yeah I know, the first year that my girls are in kumon (their on their 3rd year now) I have the same aprehensive feeling of discarding those worksheets but on their second year I got overwhelmed of the volume of those worksheets. I used to file them at first but when they got to a more harder level and keep on repeating them (which means more worksheets) I just gave up. Some I donated but the rest ends up to “manong magbobote”. Now my system is just retain their worksheets in their current level and discard them when they enter another.

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    December 29, 2012 at 11:42 pm (5 years ago)

    WOW! What a great idea! The ending result looks amazing too 🙂 I’m definitely going to bookmark this until I can buy some chopsticks, ha!

    I know how you feel with the clutter deal. I find myself trying to clear off my messy desk EVERYDAY! You should just see all of the papers and junk on my desk.. Horrible!

    Have a wonderful New Year =)

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      December 30, 2012 at 9:26 am (5 years ago)

      Thanks, Carrie. You should see my desk too. Haha! That’s next in line to organize.

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    December 30, 2012 at 12:29 am (5 years ago)

    This is a great idea and something I really need to do. Is there a craft store that I can buy these from instead of doing it online? I went to the site you purchased them for and see a price of $50.00 for 100. I would think that you needed almost the whole package for the project. That is an awfully expensive box. Was there a coupon code or something?

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      December 30, 2012 at 9:31 am (5 years ago)

      Hi Lauri! Daiso is actually a Japan chain store here in the Philippines where they sell everything for P88 ($2), kinda like the dollar store in US. Amazon sells pack of 100 for $7.74 but you can check your local asian store for disposable ones. 🙂

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        December 31, 2012 at 9:45 am (5 years ago)

        I did do a bit of searching and found them for a steal at a wholesale restaurant site for $3.49 for 100, or $14.49 for 1000!

        I am in desperate need of cheap storage, especially for the smaller items that always seem to be lying around. With two teens (and myself) in the house, there will never be a shortage of shoe or boot boxes.

        Do you have an estimate of about how many you used for what I think is an average sized shoe box?

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          January 1, 2013 at 5:29 pm (5 years ago)

          Wow, $14.49 for 1000 pieces! You can make 10 boxes out of them. I used about 96 pieces for a ladies’ shoe box. Have fun on your boxes. I’ll be posting more designs soon.

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    December 30, 2012 at 11:58 am (5 years ago)

    This is such a great way to turn an ordinary shoe box into something wonderful. Can’t wait to try this out. Luckily, I have a lot of old shoe boxes lying around the house. I’m glad I stumbled into your site. Can I also include your site in my blog roll? Thanks and Happy New Year!

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      January 1, 2013 at 5:30 pm (5 years ago)

      Hi Mercid! Thanks very much and sure, you can add me. 🙂

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  2. […] I buy a magazine or two every month and so you can imagine how much I’ve accumulated by now. And while most of them are in our bookshelf cabinet, I’d like to keep a few recent issues within reach. I usually read in the bathroom (oops! it’s relaxing hey! I know some of you do that too!) so I wanted a box near the bathroom entrance that can hold my magazines. Cheapo moi, I did two more versions of my chopstick box. One for my magazines and one for Bryce’s Kumon worksheets. For instructions on how to make one, you can read here. […]

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