In packing up our apartment last week, I noticed a trend.
First it was just two, but then I found three more.
And then there were more.
And suddenly I was looking at about a dozen shoebox-size cardboard boxes and containers. All empty!
I was saving them in case I needed to put something in them. They are such a useful size, right?
But here’s the thing: boxes and containers are only useful when something goes in them. As long as they’re empty, they’re just taking up space. It’s an advanced decluttering skill to let go of the containers that you no longer need, and I didn’t need them.
So my container clutter confession today is:
I tend to value cardboard boxes too highly.
I’ll always be able to find a new shoebox if I need one, so I don’t need to collect and save empty ones any more.
(Potential targets: butter tubs, glass jars, plastic totes, baskets…)