Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Mail Organizer

We were in desperate need of a way to organize our mail. Our current system was to get the mail and unload any junk on the first surface we came across. Then we would proceed to put any important mail somewhere where we thought we would find it but never could locate it when we needed it.

Then we happend upon an old shutter for $10 at the Habitat for Humanity Restore and I decided to fix our mail situation.

I started by cutting one of the shutters so that I had a symmetric piece and a scrap piece.

Then I spray painted it with some leftover spray paint.

I thought I was basically done at this point but when I tried to put mail in it, the piece of mail would just slide through. To fix this I took a left over piece of thin plywood and cut it so that it would fit snuggly on the back of the shutter.

I first glued it down and then to make sure it wouldn't come off, I used the smallest brads that would go in our nail gun to really secure it. From the front it looks exactly the same, but now the mail sits nicely in the shutter.

Just to add a little more organization, I labeled sections of the shutter so that only one person needs to sort through the mail each day and the other can just pick theirs up.

The mail organizer got it's own little spot right by the front door. We also added a basket right under the shutter so that we can throw junk mail/envelopes right in there and they don't clutter up the rest of the house.

It is so nice to have this tucked off in a previously unused corner and to not have our dinning room table covered in junk mail!


  1. I like this idea. It looks charming, but it's also functional!

  2. Looks great nice job! I'm a new follower and would love if you followed back at

  3. I've been wanting to make something similar to this! Great job, the final product looks great :)

  4. Love this, it looks great, I am going to have to find one!! Thanks for sharing! I am a new follower!
    Hope you are having a great weekend!

  5. That is such and awesomely, fabulously tremendous idea!!! I LOVE it!

  6. This is so cute!! What a fun idea. Love the bright yellow!! We are so glad you joined our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday". We love to see all of the great recipes and ideas!! Thanks and we hope to see you again next week! -The Sisters

  7. I've made these in so many years ago for my daughter to cover her fuse box in her kitchen. I've made tall ones (like the door you had before you cut it) to stand in a corner. I LOVE using these doors/shutters! I don't have any right now in my stash. I'm needing a sort of wide one. :(
    Your mail organizer turned out fabulous, love the color and the embellishments!

  8. What a cute idea. I love organization and the color is perfect. Stopping by from TTJ. Feel free to check out my link!

  9. This is really cute and you can find wooden shutters at any flea market! I stumbled upon this post on pinterest and will feature it on my Top 5 Weekly Pinterst DIY Home Pins that goes live on Wednesday! Keep up the great writing!
    -Sarah @