What to Do…with a Cereal Box

Happy Monday! Can you believe there’s only 1 Monday left in February?!?!?!? Insane!

So, last Monday was Valentine’s Day…and one of the things I decided to “give” to my hubby was cleaning up certain areas of our bedroom.

Clarification: Certain areas = my messy parts. Yes, I happened to marry a very neat husband, for which I am extremely grateful. He happened to marry a not-so-organized wife (sounds better than messy, right?), and he is very patient.

Anyway, all that to say…there is 1 area specifically that has been my nemesis for a while now. It is the area where I keep the books and magazines I’m currently reading. Sometimes it looks like this:

And on better days, it looks like this:

See how they’re nicely stuffed between my bed and chest? Beautiful, huh? (Sometimes my thinking is “if it’s stuffed in a corner and you can’t really see it, it doesn’t matter if it’s a mess.” yet another way my hubby has helped me :))

Anyway, I decided something should be done about this disaster area. I was going to go out and buy a magazine holder, but I wanted to do something without spending any green…or any plastic…even though I’m sure I could have found one for a buck. 🙂

Inspiration struck when I saw this baby:

Aha! I took the cereal bag out (a very important step;)) and began measuring away:

Hooray! It fits one of my fave inspiration magazines! (Have you heard of Ballard Designs? Nifty home decor ideas in there…request a free catalog here)

Cut the box on the line you drew:

And then cut a corner piece out so it’s easier to grab your magazine out:

Stick your magazines and current read in the box:

And admire the organized results:

K, I know this is silly, but I like the fact that it says “book inside”
on the front of my cheerio box. 🙂

And there’s the final product, folks…magazine holder & current library books neatly tucked away between my bed and chest:

Now, I could have glued some cute scrapbook paper to the front of it – I even had some stashed away, so it wouldn’t have cost anything either. Buuuuuuuuuuuuut, I’m happy with the way it looks & it doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb because it’s tucked away. I figured the only reason I would change the front of it would be to make it look more appealing to you, my dear readers. And since that’s the only reason I could come up with, I decided to leave it the way it is.

Just keepin’ it real. 🙂

So, how about you? Any disaster areas in your home?

Final Results: Magazine Holder
Final Cost: $0

Now that’s my kind o’ project!! 🙂


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  1. Mary@lookingupforhelp.blogspot says:

    I looooove the cereal box/magazine holder. Magazine boxes are just so bright and happy, and I’m always trying to think of what I could do with one. Don’t laugh but I’ve even thot of framing some for kitchen art (I know, crazy). Please don’t cover that “Book Inside” with scrapbook paper for us 🙂 Now I’m off to make one for my (messy) magazines! Thanks for sharing this cute idea!

  2. Christa says:

    yea!!! I also got an over-the-door shoe holder for a lot of my odds&ends stuff – belts, hats, scarves, etc. Makes a WORLD of difference! Only $10 at walmart! 🙂

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