Paint Can Cubby Paperwork Storage

Paint Can Cubby Paperwork Storage

Taryn Williford
May 21, 2012

Leaving paperwork piled up on your desk will ruin the calm and clean look you've spent years perfecting for your home office, but sometimes you just can't help but keep important letters and documents nearby. Here's a DIY solution that will keep papers in easy reach somewhere other than the top of your desk.

The secret is paint cans. Although any kind of jar or canister world work great to create these round shelf cubbies, the always-crafty Martha Stewart comes through with this inexpensive and chic idea for office storage:

Don't let your desktop disappear under piles of paperwork. Inexpensive, unused cans can be purchased at paint stores; lined up on a shelf and anchored in place with Velcro, they become organizing cubbyholes with a modern flair.

If your local paint store doesn't sell them, empty and unused paint cans can be bought online for less than $5 a piece. Here's a gallon paint can for $4.06 and a quart-sized version for $3.31, both on

The best part is that this project can work in any style of office. It looks great in the bright and feminine office in the photo above, but aluminum paint cans would look at home in an industrial chic office space, too.

To stay organized, label each can (or the shelf underneath) with different tasks ("Bills to Pay," "Needs Filing") or with each member of the family or household. You'll have a clean desk in no time!

For more on this project, check out all the details at Martha Stewart.

Image: Martha Stewart

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