Every year I save cracker & cereal boxes as we get close to the holidays, as they make great boxes for wrapping presents for under the tree.
Last winter, I had some of these larger cereal boxes set aside in my gift wrapping area, when clearing space one day, I happened to put a stack of school papers & kid art in one.
I noticed the box was the perfect size for filing these, and (as per my usual) an idea proceeded.
I love magazine files, but I'm not much of a shopper & find them to be expensive for what they are.
So, here you go. Re-used, free, & easy! (and in my opinion, they're even nice to look at.)
I removed the top flaps from the boxes & then marked & cut them to preference.
You want your boxes to measure a little more than 8.5" x 11". Berry Crunch worked best for us. :)
I marked mine 6 inches down, and 5 inches in from a top corner and used a straight edge to connect the dots, making lines to cut along.
Then I broke out some maps saved from various road trips & Mod Podged them right on.
I love maps & can't seem to part with them after we travel, but they don't do much good in a drawer somewhere (or in one of those aforementioned paper stacks.) This was a nice way to use / display some of them.
If you can wrap a present neatly, you can decoupage a cereal box.
I was selective so that the most desirable parts of the maps would end up displayed, highlighting places we've been. Here is Mammoth Cave National Park, where we went as a family back in 2008.
The paper shuffle with five kids & a business ran out of our house can get pretty stacked up.
Any amount of organizing and de-cluttering is a good, good thing!