Storage and Organization: Building a Mail Organizer for Your Home

Storage and organization are the most essential factors for maintaining a tidy home. Organization forms part of the most minor household objects, so when it comes to the question of mail, a mail organizer seems more of a necessity than a luxury. While different types of mail organizers are available in the market, making one at home allows for improvising and personalizing, according to your needs.

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • Window shutters
  • Putty
  • Glue gun
  • Staple gun
  • Sandpaper
  • Drill
  • Paint
  • Primer
  • Cotton stuffing
  • Padding
  • Fabric
  • Wire
  • 1/2 inch nails
  • Wood board
  • Screwdriver
  • Staples
  • Screws

Step 1 - Initial Steps

Take a window shutter of medium size and check if there are any holes or cracks on the surface. If found, take some putty, flatten on the palm and neatly apply it over the holes so that they get filled up.

Step 2 - Gluing

The slider that helps the slats on the shutter to open and close up must be glued, using the glue gun, in a downward position permanently. Apply sufficient amount of glue. Do not have to worry about the aesthetics, as this portion shall be the back surface of the window shutter mail organizer. Now take medium grit sandpaper and sand the shutter entirely.

Step 3 - Drilling

Use a power drill and make holes at all the 4 corners of the shutter. The drill bit must be appropriate for the screws to be used for mounting. Each hole must be drilled at least 1/2 inch down and into the corners.

Step 4 - Painting

Use the primer to paint the shutter. Allow it to dry for about 2 hours. Over this, apply 2 coats of any paint of your choice and dry again for another two hours. Align the shutter against the wall where you shall hang it up. At the places that the holes on them coincide with the wall, mark up. Now, drill a hole in each of the places where you made the marks. Here too, the drill bit must be the same as that in the shutter.

Step 5 - Finishing Touches

Place the shutter on the wall and mount up by screwing through the holes into the wall. The side where the slider is located must be towards the wall. In case of a vertical shutter, the open slat sides must face in an upward direction. Your shutter can now be used to keep your mail or letters in the places of the slats. Customize the hanging mail organizer by changing its color from time to time.

Step 6 - A Different Type of Mail Organizer

Alternatively, you can take a 12 by 16 wood bit to make another kind of mail organizer. Wrap a 1/2 yard of cotton stuffing around the back side of the wood and staple at the edges, so that the cotton sits in place. Take 1 yard of any fabric of your choice and cut out pockets that are 12 inches in length and 4 inches deep. You may make as many pockets as you want. You can also use fabrics of different colors and patterns for each. Hem the sides of the pockets. Fold up about 1/2 inch away from the printed part of the fabric.

Now place the wood piece on the fabric and see how much has to be cut out so that the wood gets comfortably covered from all sides. After sizing up the fabric, sew the pockets on to it. You can arrange the pockets in any manner you want on the fabric. Staple the fabric at the back, after wrapping it over the wood. Attach 2 nails at either end of the wood and attach loose ends of a wire on them. Twist the wires on the nails and hang your homemade mail organizer with pockets, on the wall.