How Many Do You Have and Where Do You Store Them?
We have a love affair with cardboard boxes and plastic containers, don’t we? We move into a house and keep the boxes in case in we need them to move again. We buy electronics and keep the boxes in case we have to send them back (10 years later). We buy all sorts of plastic containers to store things.
So, why do you think we do this? I admit, I’ve done this myself. But, then it got to a point where I wasn’t moving anytime soon, I wasn’t sending my electronics back for repair, and I stopped buying plastic containers because I knew I had plenty to reuse.
Fortunately for me, I have a basement and can store these types of containers there, but I made a decision to not do this anymore. It just made more clutter. Some of you have attics, basements, garages, and/or sheds where you can keep your containers. Some of you have no extra storage spaces but that may not stop you from keeping these as a “just in case” I need them some day.
The picture above shows the empty containers one of my clients had after we went through her things. She is downsizing and had to make decisions on what could realistically go with her. However, she didn’t even know what was in them because they had been in her basement for quite a while.
Before you go and buy more plastic containers, perhaps you would like to see what you have stored in the ones you already own. Then, when you actually go through them, you may find that you can discard (meaning donate, recycle, shred, or trash) what’s in them and reuse them for something else.
As far as the cardboard boxes go, ask yourself if you really need to keep them. If not, recycle them.
Isn’t it time you made room for the things that really matter to you?
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