Introduction: Sloped Sided Organizer Box

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In the past, while searching in the pantry, for something I knew I had, I used to always end up singing the chorus from the U2 song "I still haven't found what I'm looking for."  All the stuff mixes up together and ends up looking the same.  Even worse, you can't even see what is towards the back.  With this organizer box, you can keep your shelves tidy by putting groups of similar items together and be able to find them when you need them.  Having similar items together in one box is very handy when baking, simply pull out the whole box that contains all the normal baking necessities, flour, sugar, baking powder, etc. and then put them all back at once, when finished.

Step 1: Materials

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You will need one cardboard box to make two sloped sided organizer boxes.  I used disposable diaper boxes.  I know it is a contradiction that I am re-purposing the container of a disposable diaper when I could be using reusable diapers, but oh well.  If you can find a box that has the same depth of the shelf that you are wanting to organize, use it.

You will also need some tape. 

Step 2: Tools

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You will need:

1.  Something to measure with  (I used a framing square)
2.  Something to mark with  (I used a Sharpie)
3.  Something to cut with  (I used a utility knife)
4.  Something to help mark and cut straight lines (I used the framing square, but a board would work just as well)

Step 3: Tape the Box Closed

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Tape your box closed top and bottom.

Step 4: Measure and Mark

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Measure how tall your box is.  Decide what type of slope you want on your sides and proceed.

The box I used was 12 inches tall.  I wanted them to be 4 inches tall in the front and 8 inches tall at the back.

Mark the front and back first and then connect the two lines with two lines on the side.

Step 5: Cut

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Cut along the four lines that you marked.  Use a straightedge to help cut clean lines.

Step 6: Tape the Inside

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The Sloped Side Organizer Box can hold a large amount of stuff.  You should make sure the bottom is strong enough to keep the stuff inside.  Tape does the trick.

Step 7: Organize!

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You can get fancy and put labels on the front of your Sloped Sided Organizer Boxes, or just go raw.  You will get your own system going.  I like having tall items in the back and short in the front.  I have one full of bags of dried fruits, one of baking products, one of condiments, etc..  Pantries aren't the only place they can help.  Any shelf, or even work benches, can benefit.

Thank you for reading,

Charles

Comments

good_apollo made it! (author)2014-10-11

Thank you for inspiration on my instructable I've entered in the remix
contest! I especially liked the way you made two organizers out of one
box. If you get time, you should check my instructable out!

https://www.instructables.com/id/Heavy-Duty-Beer-Box-Organizer/

sparkleponytx (author)2012-03-26

Good Instructable. I make these boxes too. I also like to cover them with up-cycled gift wrapping paper (attach with glue stick or tape).

cogni (author)2012-01-07

Simple, fast, cheap, and EFFECTIVE. You win my blue-ribbon of the week.

Solid-colored contact paper on the front will make them look really tidy.

CHARLESCRANFORD (author)cogni2012-01-08

Thank you for the blue ribbon! If I was going to be fancy, I would put big labels on the front, like "baking" "cleaning". Most times I can see what is in the box, but it would be handy for taller shelves, or shorter people.

Thanks again for the comment and blue ribbon,

Charles

Mary Catherine (author)2012-01-05

What a great idea and instructable! Thanks, I think I will make a few for my sewing room and cover them w/ Fabric. Cheers! MCvJ

I would love to see a fabric covered version...please send a photo.

Thanks for the comment and good luck organizing your sewing room,

Charles

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