It almost feels silly writing about this project, but finding a cheap organization solution that was both useful and cute wasn’t easy and hopefully this will help someone else looking for a cheap organization solution for their homeschool materials.
The actual method for which I use these shelves will be forthcoming – what I want to share here is the fabric covered banker boxes.
I didn’t have much of a budget to work with for organizing these shelves, but I knew I wanted at least 10 baskets, and the cheapest I could find them for was $12 a piece.
As I started considering my options and the way I would use these shelves I realized that banker boxes would perfectly fit my need.
They were the perfect size and price but are desperately ugly.
I purchased a set of 10 for under $20 (in fact, I believe they were on sale for $12 when I bought them) and went through my fabric stash to use up pieces I had on hand.
My cost for covering the boxes was nothing as I had all the fabric on hand and we had a bunch of white glue left over from our paper floor project.
The fabric was trimmed just a little larger than the front of the box and applied with white glue, making sure to smooth out the surface. Easy!
I did leave the fabric tucked in to the boxes for a few weeks as I tried to decide if I liked the color combos before I committed to gluing them.Above you can see a couple other cheap organization solutions that we have discovered – the red boxes on the second from the top shelf are cigar boxes. Depending on the store and owner the prices will GREATLY vary, but I won’t pay more than $1/box. They are a wonderful option for holding little trinkets. These ones are holding magnets and finger puppets.
On the same second shelf are binders – I picked these up when they were marked down to 80-90% off.
The middle and bottom shelf hold magazine organizers from Ikea – as you can see on the bottom shelf they are rather ordinary looking. I had just enough colored paper to redo the end of the 9 in the middle shelf. Soon the remaining 6 will be completed and then they will be organized more aesthetically. More posts coming in the next week or two about our upcoming homeschool curriculum choices, homeschool room, and organization.Related Posts: