Going paperless is green, less messy and less stressful. However, the reality is that most people still have a sizable amount of paper floating around their offices and homes. Good Housekeeping recommends keeping files with tax returns for up to six years, W-2 forms until you begin claiming social security, and investment records for as long as your own the securities and for seven years after. (See Reference 1.) Though a file cabinet may not look out of place in an office, there are times when you need a more attractive or a just plain smaller place to store your files.
Things You'll Need
- Cereal box
- Scrap-booking or wrapping paper
- Spray adhesive
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Cut one long side off of the cereal box. Measure two inches from the cut edge and trace a straight line parallel to the edge. Cut evenly along this line to trim off the two inches you have traced.
Using the cereal box as a pattern, trace two large rectangles for the front and back of the box and three small rectangles for the top, bottom and remaining sides onto the scrap-booking or wrapping paper. When tracing, leave two extra inches along the edges that you have cut so that you can fold the paper over the unfinished edge. Trim the paper rectangles.
Lay out newspaper to cover your work surface and spray one side of the cereal box with spray adhesive. Place the corresponding piece of scrap-booking or wrapping paper lightly over the sticky cereal box side, matching up the corners and edges. Gently press the paper into place, with one hand inside the cereal box pressing against the other hand on the outside. If you push on the outside too hard without also holding the inside of the box, you can bend or dent it. Repeat with the remaining pieces of paper on the other sides of the box.
Fold the four overhanging pieces on the cut side of the box toward the inside, making as neat of a folded edge as you can. Gently unfold the folder edges. One at a time, hold an overhanging flap of paper over the newspaper and spray it with adhesive. Quickly press it back towards the inside of the box and press it flat against the cardboard.