{Cheap & Chic} Simple Storage :: DIY Fabric Covered ALDI Boxes

While organizing and staging our master bedroom last fall,
I decided that these clear plastic boxes had to go.
They are decent, I suppose, for standard use, 
as they sort off-season clothing and handbags,
but we are now in the process of staging this house to sell it.
I didn't want what was in our closet to distract buyers.
I wanted grownup, fabric-covered storage boxes.

However, we needed eight or more of them,
and they were a retail price of $12 to $20 each!
I couldn't afford to spend that much!

Then, one afternoon, while shopping at Aldi,
I was grabbing a bag of powdered sugar,
when I noticed that the bulk boxes
in which the sugars were displayed
were perfect for our needs.
They even had lids!

Over the next few shopping trips,
I confiscated a total of eight boxes and their lids,
and they absolutely were free!

They weren't very pretty at first,
since I was only interested in them for their shape and size:
they were 11 1/2" deep by 16" wide by 10" high.

Then, on a stop at Wal-Mart,
I bought eight yards of a patterned outdoor fabric.
It was $2 a yard on clearance.

Lovely, isn't it?

I gathered my supplies
(scissors, ruler, and hot glue gun)
 and got to work.
Two hours later, 
I had a set of eight fabric-covered boxes.

Some of the boxes' display panel inserts 
needed to be secured with tape before covering. 

 I didn't use a pattern.
I simply started at one corner
and hot-glued the fabric along each corner edge 
as I wrapped the box.

On the fourth and last edge, I folded under the fabric and glued it.

I snipped at the corners to make tabs.

I glued the tabs inside the box, 
and then did the same with the lid.

I did the same on the bottom.

I glued another square of fabric on the bottom, 
and turned the edges under and glued them down.

This is the bottom of the box.

Here are the finished boxes in the redesigned closet.
I briefly considered adding label tags,
but since these were done for staging our home to sell 
(descriptions of the boxes' contents are distracting and personal), 
I will add the labels once we've moved.

With all of the money that I saved on the boxes
(I paid $17 --this includes tax-- for this project!),
I was able to spruce up my closet with new wooden hangers 

We've checked one room off our home staging TO DO list!

The next space is our master bathroom.
Stay tuned!


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  1. That is the most beautiful closet! I have work to do! Love those boxes, such a great idea. : )

    1. Thank you, Denise! My hubby is more organized than I am...I have learned so much from him...such as how to colorize and simplify.

  2. Very nice! Boxes like that would sell for big bucks at the Container Store. Your closet looks great.

  3. I love it when people DIY organizing products and save a ton of money! Great job Leslie. Your boxes are beautiful!

  4. Those boxes look fab, Leslie! Fantastic idea!

  5. With advice from your blog- I have organized my fridge, closets and just turned a mud room into a walk in pantry! Love your tips! Life is definitely easier when things are organized.

    1. Oh! I am so glad, Rachel!
      So honored to have been an inspiration!
      Simple is good, yes!
      Thank you so much for leaving me a note, I needed that encouragement, too!
      Love, me

  6. Absolutely love it. . I'm going to do this in preparing to sell our house. One thought about the labels - you could add them and just turn them to the wall. That way they won't be a distraction but you I'll still have a handy label to keep things organized.

  7. I love your closet and boxes... Congrats on checking one room off of your list!! YAY!

  8. Great idea! I wish our Wal=Marts still sold fabric. I saved a huge chocolate box my niece was going to throw out and I will have to give this a try. Thanks for the instructions.

  9. Great closet, great storage boxes, & great staging!

  10. Great idea Leslie. They turned out really great. Your closet makes me envious. I soooo need to get mine back in order. I enjoy seeing your staging results.

  11. Well, I have to say, I ran right out to our Aldi's (I had to do some shopping anyway). Our Aldi's cut's the side out of theirs, but I did get 6 great packing boxes though! I love your idea, this could even work with the old bankers boxes my Mister's office tosses or even the boxes the copy paper.

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  13. So much better than plastic boxes and cheaper too!

  14. What a great project! I need to do some of these for my closet. They look so much better than the plastic! I just started a new blog hop and would love for you to come over and link up your post or any social media. http://designeddecor.com/talkin-about-thursday-2/

  15. I love re-using stuff and this is the perfect project for carboard boxes!

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