make your own storage boxes

Many of you know I just moved into my house.

And with a new move comes lots of additional expenses including all the accessories you need just to get settled – drawers, baskets, organizers, etc.

I’ve waaay over spent lately on trying to get this house livable (and not even decorated!). I wanted some open storage boxes for the shelves in my garage but I just am sick of spending money! So I improvised.

And I’m happy to say that I’m actually quite happy with the outcome and plan on making at least 4 more storage boxes.


What do you end up with that’s free when you move and unpack?


Moving Boxes. Lots and lots of moving boxes.


I took a square moving box and cut it in half with a box cutter.

It makes the perfect open storage box for a garage!


Not only does it hold all my spray paint, but it actually pulls in and out from the shelf quite easily and is very sturdy (after all, it is made to hold lots of heavy stuff!)


I took the other half of the box and taped the ends together to create another open storage box.


I’m obviously AWESOME at eyeballing exactly where the middle of the box is to create two equal halves.

So, um ya… anyway… I put all my little random stuff in the 2nd box. You know, the things that I use all.the.time. and want right there next to me in an easy to find location…


I’ve got stuff like caulk, utility blades, WD40, wood glue, paint stirrers, liquid nails, Gorilla glue, steel wool…


Am I the only person that thinks these items are a “must have” and keep them close to me?

In case you are tying to get a glimpse of what is on the shelf next to my homemade storage boxes, here it is.


Mainly cans of paint, a tarp (mainly for painting), saws that I borrowed from my dad, and of course random pieces of broken tile, because why wouldn’t I have a pile of random pieces of broken tile?!

And just to keep it totally here, I’m NOT as organized as I try to lead you to believe…


Lets see… piles of tools not put away, piles of boxes of nails and screws, trash from when I cleaned out my car, cans of spray paint, a drop cloth, piles of broken tile that I found on the side of the road, small wooden drawers I found on the side of another road, more piles of crap… But hey…

at least the spray paint is organized!

How do you organize your garage? Or how do you NOT organize your garage? haha.

Do you keep your garage clean enough to park your car, or is it stuffed with so much crap you can’t even walk through it?

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  1. Garages are for cars!??

  2. Haha! Love it. I’m happy to say that after a year of using our garage for storage (aka, floor-to-ceiling crammed with piles of crap) I can actually fit my car in there! Hallelujah! We’re still slowly getting our garage organized – hopefully that doesn’t take another year!


  3. Thank you for thinking I have a cool blog and adding me to your sidebar, you’re a good bloggy friend Allison!

    FYI- got fitted for my bridesmaid dress that I’ll be wearing in Texas in June! Woohoo!

  4. HAHAHAHA! Im twitching looking at it… i gotta look away

  5. Hi I love your blog, but I just wanted to drop an idea. use more cardboard for dividers between the rows of spray paint so they stay neat. btw I write this post about keeping things neat and tidy while I sit on my butt in my messy living room,,,,gotta read my blogs -lol

  6. It’s more like how I DONT organize my garage. We had our floors redone and painted and everything went into the garage. Everyone tried to get me to take all my craft stuff out there but I said NO over and over because I knew I’d loose everything. Already my daughter dumped her stuff out there and some of it I want to sell so I have to go thru that. She hid all my Halloween stuff under her stuff. lol My dad and sister worked real hard to set up a place for me to package my dolls (that I sell) but I justput more craft stuff there. Yikes! Now I need to get big plastic bins for my dolls so I’m not going thru tons of boxes to find a specific barbie I’m selling on eBay. Sigh!!! But my craft stuff is being better organzied in my closet. 🙂

  7. Great idea!! It takes forever to figure out where to store some of that stuff.

  8. Well I organized it by turning it into my art studio!!! Ha! And I put in cupboards and shelves and things to house all my supplies! Very cool and it needs some tweaking right now. A little disheveled right now!

  9. Thanks for linking up with Sassy Sites for “Trash to Treasure Tuesday”. 🙂

    -Marni @ Sassy Sites!

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