What is this fascination I have with boxes? Sitting here in my office I can see three empty shoe boxes, a clear storage container and a huge tote box. That’s just what I can see. If I opened my closet I’m sure there would be more boxes in there.


I am reluctant to recycle them.

But why? What is it about a box that makes it so hard to get rid of?

I think it’s the possibility inherent in a box. Surprises they could contain. Usefulness. They are containers and you never know what they might contain, given the opportunity.

I am purging junk and they must go, but I might have to ask someone else to take them out to the bin. Otherwise they may never make it there.

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Sue Schlabach January 11, 2013 at 7:15 pm

You never know when you’ll need a good box. The perfect box.


Judie January 10, 2013 at 4:12 pm

It’s good to know I’m not alone with my box addiction.


Julie January 10, 2013 at 7:54 am

I keep boxes too! And love them all.
Their usefulness, their potential!

(I think Dan secretly puts them in the recycle when I ‘m not looking…….)

From the last post, I will honor your recommendation about skipping that book. I don’t want to lose you as a friend either. I can just wait for Glimmer Girls. Also, I’m glad that writing those bits helped you with your grieving and healing. Based on my own lack-of-moving-forward on the loss-of-dog front, I MORE than understand what you’re dealing with.


inkgrrl January 9, 2013 at 4:32 pm

I love boxes too! Possibility and storage and places to keep surprises and secrets and fun. Until they take over and we need to build a cardboard fort just to get around the apartment. Then sadness and box tossing happens.


Skye January 9, 2013 at 12:13 pm

I love boxes because they are potential storage and I think they go all the way back to childhood when they held treasures. So getting rid of perfectly good boxes is tough for me.

I keep totes. They are always useful. There is always yarn or out of season clothing or something that can go into them.


Glynis January 9, 2013 at 2:40 am

I periodically purge the boxes, but will be needing to hoard them for the next little bit.

Moving…it is awesome….and I’m looking forward to having our own home. But. But moving! I have all these plans to be organised and brilliant which will aft gang agley, I’m sure.



Judy, Judy, Judy January 9, 2013 at 2:07 am

I have absolutely no trouble letting things go but boxes are hard. You just know if you throw them away you’ll need them the next day.


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