Back to School Organization with Mini Crates!Can you believe it’s time to start thinking about school starting back up already? This summer seemed to fly by. Going from a summer schedule to a school schedule can be rough, and one of the ways I find to make it easier is to keep organized.

These mini modular storage crates are one of my favorite ways to keep a desktop organized. They are perfect for students of all ages and can actually serve multiple purposes in a college dorm. And the best part? They are only $1.99 at Old Time Pottery so it won’t cost an arm and a leg to stock up on them!

Back to School Organization with Mini Crates!
These crates measure 6″x7″x9″ and come in a variety of colors. Their small size makes them great for placing on the back of a desk and building your surface area UP to add more storage space.

Back to School Organization with Mini Crates!
There are little notches on all sides of the crate to “lock” them together so they do not move around. It allows for safe stacking of the crates.

Back to School Organization with Mini Crates!You can see how easy it is to lock these 4 crates together. It also allows them to be more compact and take up less space than if they simply sat next to one another.

You could stack an endless number to create the amount of storage needed.

Back to School Organization with Mini Crates!Fill the crates with office supplies such as notebooks, post-its, pencils, and more! Save the surface area of the desktop for books and papers for homework by building your storage UP for all of those supplies we find ourselves needing.

Back to School Organization with Mini Crates!Stack the crates right side up if needed. They are the perfect width to hold composition notebooks. Place larger spiral notebooks, notepads, and books in between crates. They will act as bookends.

Stacked right side up also allows you to add a little decorate to them if desired. Thread ribbon or paper through for added color.

These crates would be perfect in a dorm room as not only as office storage, but in closets to store socks, leggings, delicates, and even shoes. Or stash them under the bed, on shelves to build up storage, or on the nightstand.

The possibilities are endless!

Written by The Scrap Shoppe
Michele is the creator behind The Scrap Shoppe, a craft and DIY blog. She is a wife and mommy to 2 fun little boys. She gave up a job in science to pursue her dream of spending more time with her boys and becoming a full time blogger. The Scrap Shoppe focuses on creating fun, creative, and unique craft and DIY projects for the home that anyone can recreate.


  1. Kristan August 8, 2016 at 8:34 AM Reply

    I love this idea for stacking the crates up to great a little cubby hutch. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Sam @ A Happy Home In Holland August 9, 2016 at 5:25 AM Reply

    Super useful! I haven’t even thought about back to school yet … eek! We are 3 weeks into the summer hols and still have 3 weeks left. Thanks for the ideas 🙂

  3. Pamela Li (Rookie Parenting) August 13, 2016 at 12:15 AM Reply

    Besides the creativity, amazing photography, too! 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing. I definitely need to get organzed.

  4. Cristina at Ava's Alphabet August 13, 2016 at 9:42 AM Reply

    What a cute idea! I love how the little touch of ribbon dresses them up so much. Thank you for sharing at Family Joy Blog Link-Up Party. We hope to see you again on Sunday at noon EST.

  5. Pam August 13, 2016 at 4:33 PM Reply

    I love those little crates! I have quite a few of them in my craft armoire. Thanks for sharing at #HomeMattersParty!

  6. Adelien August 18, 2016 at 3:21 AM Reply

    The racks look tidy and gorgeous. Hey are perfect to organize stationary, notebooks, and stuffs for school. I saw one in a store close to our house and never thought that we can decorate the crates into such wonderful racks. Thank you or sharing at Family Fun Friday.

  7. DearCreatives (@DearCreatives) August 18, 2016 at 6:26 PM Reply

    Such a cute idea. Thanks for sharing at the #InspirationSpotlight Party! Pinned & shared.

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