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Paint-Can Cubbies

Don't let your desktop disappear under piles of paperwork. Upcycle a set of ordinary cans into cubbyhole organizers for bills, catalogs, and personal mail, or assign one for each member of the family.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, May 2003


Inexpensive, unused cans can be purchased at paint stores; lined up on a shelf and anchored in place with Velcro, they become organizing cubbyholes with a modern flair. Assign cans as storage spaces for bills, catalogs, and personal mail, or one for each member of the family. Label the shelf beneath to make sorting easy.


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  • Paint cans (without handles)

  • Self-adhesive Velcro strips

  • Scissors

  • Labels


  1. Line up as many cans as will fit on the shelf, and note how many you will need.

  2. Using scissors, cut Velcro strips slightly shorter than the length of the cans. Peel backing from one side and apply strip to a can; remove backing from other side and affix to shelf in desired spot. Working from one end of the row, attach them one by one. 

  3. Center and adhere labels to front edge of shelf beneath cans.

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