Another expedit paper storage question
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Posted: 3/25/2013 12:52:57 PM
I know there have been a million questions about storing your paper in an expedit, and I have some of them bookmarked, but none of them are quite the solution I'm looking for. So, I thought I'd ask for myself...

Because I'm not sure about how I'll be storing my paper, my expedit has been sitting in the box, waiting to be put together. Silly, I know, but I'm not ready to dive in until I know how I'll be organizing everything. I currently store my paper horizontally in sterilite drawers. However, from what I've read on this board, the drawers won't fit inside the cubes. I'm afraid that if I put the drawers on top of the expedit, it will be too top heavy, even if I secure it to the wall.

Also, I'm not terribly opposed to vertical storage, but I've never stored my paper that way. I've thought about storing it in an Itso box, and using the cropper hopper dividers, but I'm afraid the paper will bend because I don't have enough paper to fill the entire box - I have about 4" of paper tops, the patterned paper and cardstock combined. Please help. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. TIA!
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Posted: 3/25/2013 1:15:05 PM
No, they will not fit the Expedit. The exact size of the inside of the cube is 13 1/4 by 13 1/4.

What I like about vertical storage is that it is easy to softly flip through the paper to see what you want. And I have never had an issue with bending the corners.

What I don't like about horizontal storage is digging to find a certain color/patter. Unless you have enough room to only store one color or pattern in a slot, LOL.

May I suggest that you buy one Vertical Cropper Hopper with a coupon it will only cost you about $6.00-8.00 and go ahead and put your papers in and work with it for a while and then you will know.

Vertically speaking, the only other ways I know is in a filing drawer/box that will accommodate the 12x12 size or a single Jetmax cube with the dividers in it. And neither will fit the Expedit.

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Posted: 3/25/2013 2:43:54 PM
They definitely won't fit. I have paper stored both ways and if you switch to vertical be careful that it doesn't bend. The unitbis very very sturdy and you can put those drawers on top with no issues. Mine has tons of stuff on top of it

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Posted: 3/25/2013 2:51:12 PM
I think you need to get it put together and then play around with how and where you want things in it. It might take awhile and moving things around a few times to get it how it works best for you. The unit is very sturdy, I have the bigger one in my scrap room and my son has the smaller one in red in his room, we didn't attach either of them to the wall! No need in my opinion. I love it, it holds the majority of my scrap stuff and I sit at my table right in front of it so all I have to do is turn around in my chair to get what I want. I have all my paper in the vertical cropper hopper paper holders, four fit in a cube and one whole row accross is paper, I'm kinda addicted. I think it is a good idea for you to buy one and put your paper in it and see how you like it like In The Shadow recommended. First things first...get that awesome thing out of the box and put together!!!

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Posted: 3/25/2013 2:51:24 PM
I use paper trays called Display Dynamics. They are clear trays that hold 12x12 paper and lock together (sit on top of each other). I've seen them used in the Expedit before in other Peas scraprooms.

I got mine before the Expedit even came out so I started stacking them on the floor. It takes up 13x13 inches of space on the floor because they stack on top of each other. I have 30 trays in one stack.

Debbie in MD.

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Posted: 3/25/2013 5:56:47 PM
Thanks for all your advice. I think I should put it together and decide from there. Someone mentioned getting the vertical Cropper Hopper storage with a coupon. Can you get them at M's?
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Posted: 3/25/2013 6:06:45 PM
You should definitely be able to put the drawers on top with no issues. We have our flat screen TV on our 4x4! It's a very heavy and sturdy unit.

It works so well, that when we upgraded to a bigge screen, we got a 2x2 Expedit to hold the old TV in our kids' room.

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Posted: 3/25/2013 6:08:57 PM

I think you need to get it put together and then play around with how and where you want things in it. It might take awhile and moving things around a few times to get it how it works best for you.


I totally agree! I'm actually about to do a bit of rearranging in mine.

I now have most of my paper stored in Cropper Hoppers in a bookshelf, but I keep all my cardstock in the Expedit (of course there's enough of it to fill an entire square - or two!). When I kept my patterned paper in the Expedit, I would sometimes put a basket next to the paper to keep it upright.

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Posted: 3/25/2013 6:22:27 PM
Cropper hopper does now make their vertical storage pieces to fit the Expedit. Check it out. I have the old ones which are in my closet and have paper trays for my cardstock. But, if I was just starting out, I would get the new cropper hopper vertical storage pieces. I prefer it stored vertically vs. horizontally.

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Posted: 3/25/2013 7:17:58 PM
There are a couple photos on my blog of my expedit at the moment. (I've just moved house this past weekend so their is lots of chaos and it doesn't look pretty, but it might give you some ideas of different ways the expedit can be used.

And So I Don't Forget... (Sorry, I'm at work so can only give a general link, but it's the latest post as of today, 25th March.)

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Posted: 3/26/2013 4:37:47 AM
Just wanted to let you know that the Itso storage at Target carries a half size. Can fit 2 in one space. I do not have a lot of paper and each one is only half full. But the paper is upright and not bending. It works great. Originally had my paper in one large cube and it was falling over all the time.

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Posted: 3/26/2013 10:00:48 AM
So glad that they adjusted the size of the Cropper Hopper Paper Holders to fit, unfortunatly they did that after I had bought all mine. So I trimmed about 1/8" off the top of all mine! That's like one of the craziest things I've ever done, but when we want something to work we find a way right?

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Posted: 3/26/2013 11:29:03 AM
I just think you are overthinking it. Once you have your Expedit in place and play around with it, you'll find what's best for you. I went from horizontal to vertical when I got my Expedit and it never even occurred to me to do anything else. But really, try a Cropper Hopper and then come back and tell us how you've totally forgotten about storing paper any other way. LOL

I just got the new Cropper Hopper vertical storage container, and while I have no plans to do so at this moment, it is so nice, I might consider changing out the old ones.

I kept one set of my old Sterlite drawers and it is on top of my Expedit, and while it poses no safety risk, it would be a total pain to use all my paper that way. I use mine for paper scraps and photo paper now, and I actually get it down to dig through the drawers. I'd hate to do that every single time I scrapped.

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Posted: 4/5/2013 10:44:42 PM
I have my paper stored vertically in Cropper Hoppers as well! I have a mixture of the ones that I purchased before they fit the shelves and then a couple of the ones that do fit the shelves.

For the ones that were a little too big I trimmed the top off like Queen of Scrap did. Can't even tell!

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Posted: 4/6/2013 7:14:10 AM
I kind of agree that it would probably be a pain to store paper in the drawers on top of an expedit unless you're talking about one of the shorter ones. I don't store SB paper in mine, but if I did I think I would use some of these Multi-purpose bins inside of the itso cubes fromTarget. I have some of the CH dividers that I'd probably add in. You could put some chipboard in if you think it needs help standing up. I use these bins in the itso fabric cubes for storing some of our art papers, and it works well. It helps to get the most use out of the fabric bins (which don't scratch the shelves like plastic ones do), and you can lift them out pretty easily to better flip through. Or you can pull the whole fabric bin out and take it to your workspace. It's easy to flip through everything inside without taking anything out, but it's all protected from dust when it's on the shelf, and the look is streamlined to reduce visual clutter.

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Posted: 4/6/2013 8:18:12 AM
Wait! What? You're not putting together your Expedit because you have 4 inches of paper you don't know what to so with?
You're crazy!
Put it together and start utilizing it.
Since you have so little paper save one square in your Expedit for it and use the rest now until you figure that paper thing out
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Posted: 4/7/2013 6:10:47 AM
sounds like you just need to BUY MORE PAPER!!! Lol
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Posted: 4/7/2013 9:31:55 AM
I also use the Display Dynamics trays. I think I have eight cubes of them, full of paper, PLUS two cubes stuffed with paper stacks and my rolling kitchen cart has several drawers full of paper now, too... Eep!

You'll LOVE your Expedit, just build it and USE IT!

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Posted: 4/8/2013 12:41:29 AM
Sorry, I forgot to come back and post. Lol. I got the darn thing put together about a week and a half ago, and I gotta say, it was so easy - especially for me because I'm mechanically challenged. I ended up going to Target and buying a couple of Itso boxes. Using one of those, and some Cropper Hopper dividers, I tried vertical paper storage and I absolutely love it! Horizontal paper storage worked for me for well over a decade, and now I don't know how I ever did it. Storing it vertically makes looking for that certain paper so much easier. Thanks everyone!
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