Note: I really expanded on the methods to make this adaptable to whatever people have on hand and make this an easy project.
Depending on where you want to put your organizer boxes and what you plan to put in them (like the milk tops are bulky, for example), and how often you want to have to empty them, you may choose a different sized box or choose to place dividers in the boxes. I have 2 full boxes (pop tabs and milk tops) and 2 with a divider in them that open on both ends (Campbell’s/BTFE and generic UPCs (2 brands)). I used generic corn bread boxes (about the size of Jiffy mixes) If you don't think using a shallow drawer like I did will work for you, consider this:
- Standing up the boxes for deeper drawers (such as bread drawers) and use noodle boxes (bonus -you could leave the window uncovered to see how full it is!) or mac n' cheese boxes.
- lining them up on a shelf near your kitchen, like books. "Helper" boxes might work well for this or larger noodle boxes.
I will give instructions for using a shallow drawer (3.5 inches), but adapt these for whatever application you choose to use.
Here are the instructions:
- Make a list of collectable items. For my area it is these items. If you aren’t sure what to collect, contact your local elementary school to find out what they collect.
- Pop tabs for McD’s
- Campbell's UPCs, etc
- Box Tops for Education
- Kemps milk lids
- Our Family generic line UPCs
- Food Club/Top Care/Full Circle/Paws/Top Crest generic line UPCs (from Cash Wise- UPC starts w/ 368)
- Econo Foods receipts (I tuck these between the box and drawer front)
...I also collect Cash Wise general rental receipts, Land of Lakes milk tops, Coke Rewards (I redeem these on the computer right away for myself, but these can be collected by schools as well) and a few others but these don't have "homes" in the boxes because I rarely have them.
To hold the ends closed, you can simply wrap the sides of the box with a rubber band, or paperclip the boxes together (ignoring my flap tip above). I got a little fancy and used 2 brads and a baby hair band to hold them shut the first time I made these. You could also try velcro.
- Putting some sort of weight in the bottoms, such as a few small stones or marbles
- Lining the front and/or bottom of the drawer with a strip of magnet or velcro and doing the same with the boxes (or be cheap and cut up all those excess business card magnets on your fridge and use those instead)
- Or do what I did and use an old tension curtain rod (or string and 2 small adhesive hooks) in front of the boxes to keep them up against the drawer front.
- Of course you could tape them as well but that may gunk up your drawer.
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