DIY Friday – holiday memory boxes

Back in June I had a chance to sit down and chat with the lovely Sarah from Organised Chaos for Image Interiors & Living. I can’t spill the beans on everything we spoke about [you’ll have to check out the September / October issue that comes out in two weeks, woop!]. I immediately felt at ease chatting with Sarah about a whole spectrum of organising and decluttering. In fact I may have gotten a tad over zealous. After all, it’s not every day I can talk so openly and excitedly to someone about hangers for 10 minutes without them giving me stink eye in return. 

One storage solution Sarah mentioned briefly during out chat was her holiday memory boxes – she suggested people invest in pretty boxes to put their holiday souvenirs, trinkets, and memories into. It’s a great way to keep your ticket stubs, sea shells, and maps from eating into your everyday storage and tumble-weeding around your house as well as giving them a defined space. I thought this idea was phenomenal. Husband and I have done quite a bit of travelling over the past couple of years [23 countries, to be exact], and not to mention I’m a bit of a memory hoarder. Bus tickets, metro tokens and the likes. Since June I couldn’t stop thinking about Sarah’s holiday boxes, so I couldn’t resist making her brilliant idea into this week’s DIY Friday …

First up, I’d suggest assessing how much you have that needs to be stored. There’s not much point in going out and buying boxes first, then realizing they’re too small for the souvenirs you have. So what I did was spread out all my travel souvenirs then hit the IKEA website. I didn’t want anything too naff, but at the same time, they’d essentially just be storage boxes so I didn’t want to pay too much. Affordable and easy on the eyes. 

It didn’t take long before I saw the black KASSETT lidded storage boxes, and at €2.25 for two boxes [yeah, that’s €1.12 per box], I’d be crazy not to. They were the perfect size, 26cm long x 16cm wide, aka the size of an A4 page folded in half. Perfection. Bus. IKEA. Bus. Assembly in front of the TV.

I wasn’t in love with the label tabs that came with the KASSETT boxes, and I was also dying to put my Dymo Omega label maker to good use. But my label tape is black, and my new boxes are black, so they won’t stand out! Talk about first world problems. So what did I do? I spray painted the label tape with my go-to Montana paint in ‘winegum’, punched out the words, then lightly sanded the letters to bring up the white lettering. Bingo. Bespoke labels. 
[PRO TIP – the shiny label tape works best vs. the mat label tape]. 

Sarah suggested storing the holiday memory boxes in a neglected shelving area in your home. To help beautify the space as well as make use of an otherwise neglected storage area. For the moment I have our holiday memory boxes on the shelves in our bedroom, but that won’t be their final destination. 
All hail Organisation Expert Sarah.

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  1. August 8, 2014 / 19:24

    OMG, Effing brilliant!!

    When i first saw the purple labels, I was like, "they make purple Dymo tapes?"
    Spray paint and sand paper. Genius.
    You had said that you suspected that I might like this one, and you were SOO right. Ga-ga for this.

  2. August 9, 2014 / 07:53

    These are so you. I can't believe the effort you went to you the tape (well, I can actually… again, very you!) Spray paint and sand-paper, who'd've thunk it.
    This is so organised, and looks really stylish too – what a great idea!
    Maria xx