Pinterest Challenge: Magnetic Refrigerator Organizer

Last week, John and Sherry, and Katie Bower announced the winter edition of their Pinterest Challenge! I've been waiting a long time for this moment because I've always wanted to join in on the fun but couldn't until now because I didn't start this little ole blog until last October. Let's just say I'm psyched to be part of this edition.

The Pinterest Challenge is really simple. Basically, you find something on Pinterest (or pin it yourself from another site) and use it as inspiration to do your own thang. It can be anything you want. The only real rule is to link back to the original pin and site. You know, to share the link love. 

With Operation {Re}Organization in full swing, I knew this project would involve organizing something (duh, right?). One big, glaring need we have is something to help corral our paper clutter. I decided that since we pretty much walk into our kitchen from the front door of our apartment, I'd use that space as a paper drop zone. To avoid just throwing it on the counter, I knew I'd need some kind of storage. Preferably vertical, on-the-wall kind of storage. 

The "aha moment" and solution came when I was shopping my new favorite thrift store last week. I was perusing the aisles, not looking for anything in particular, and BOOM. I came across the perfect item to make my paper drop zone: a magnetic fridge organizer! I had recently pinned a couple of images relating to vertical paper storage and magnetic containers for the fridge so this was a perfect find!

Here's what my "pinspiration" looked like:

And here's what the fridge organizer looks like:

Oh yeah. Awesome. It has a little wear and tear around the edges, but for $3.63 (such a random price), I snatched it up. It looks like a part of the Real Simple organizing collection. Can anyone confirm that? And is it a little crazy that I would recognize that without any tags?

I stuck it up on the fridge when I got home, just to make sure I liked it.

I do. :)

So I decided to customize it a little bit and make it functional as our paper clutter corraller (not sure that's a word?) by adding label tags and a pad of paper.

It has some great organizing features including two large pockets, a pen holder, a handy-dandy list-holder, and a small pocket. I'm not sure what the little elastic band is for on the bottom right, but I like the little bit of color it adds.

I made the tags to designate a purpose for each pocket (inbox, coupons, grocery list) and paper-clipped them onto their respective pockets. Paper-clipping them makes it easy to change them out if I decide to use the pockets for something else in the future. You can see them better in the close-up shots below:

And since we all love a tutorial, I made one for these tags. These took me a grand total of 15 minutes since I had all the supplies on hand.

Supplies needed:

  • Cardstock (I used blank notecards)
  • Alphabet stamps
  • Ink pad
  • Washi tape
  • Scissors/paper trimmer

I used this set of alphabet stamps (found at the same thrift shop as the organizer):

Grab a 4x6 blank notecard and stamp out your word/phrase - "grocery list" in this case. I placed my words about 1" down from the top of the notecard to allow room to add the washi tape.

Add a length of washi tape along the top edge of the notecard that is slightly longer than the width of the card. See the extra length on either side of the card?

Fold the edges of the washi tape to the backside of the card. This gives a nice, clean edge to the tape and secures it well to the card.

Trim the notecard down to size. I used a paper trimmer to give the tags a straight edge, but scissors work just as well. You'll end up with tags like this:

Then just stick 'em onto the appropriate pockets and you're done!

Don't forget to visit the lovely Pinterest Challenge hosts and check out their projects too!

John and Sherry from Young House Love
Katie from Bower Power
Michelle from Decor and the Dog
Megan from The Remodeled Life

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This post is a part of the series "Operation {Re}Organization." To see other posts in the series, click the tab at the top of the page.

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  1. I really love this! Love that you hand stamped the tags. I really need something like this and now I have some great inspiration! Love the colors most of all!

    1. Thank you Stephanie! I'm sure that something similar to this fridge organizer exists somewhere else besides a thrift shop :). If not, you could easily glue magnets onto some other kind of organizer and you'd be in good shape. Good luck with your project!

  2. I love anything that uses stamps and washi tape!

    The project turned out wonderfully!!

  3. Super cute! I especially love the notebook...I'm a sucker for anything pink polka dot!

    ~em @ small girl, big world

    1. Thanks! Those little notebooks came in a set of three (Kate Spade, in case you were curious!), and I love 'em.

  4. This is really cute! May I ask where you get your washi tape? Nice blog design too!

    1. Thank you! This particular washi tape was a gift, so I'm not positive where it came from. Etsy is a great source for all kinds of washi tape, and I've seen it at places like Michael's, TJMaxx, Homegoods and Target too. Hope that helps! Love that stuff :).

  5. This is a great idea! I love how organized it keeps you. I'd love for you to check out our Pattern Party! Those with patterns and templates to share are invited to link up! Check it out

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  7. There are many ways to go about organizing your accessory. Different methods make more sense depending on your space and what you’re storing. No matter which method you choose, these magnetic organizer  definitely helps you to reduce the space usage. Once again great post man! Cheers!

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