Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Confessions of a (former) Box Hoarder

It has been almost three years since the intervention.  Anna Ruth grabbed me square by the shoulders and said "listen to me!  you are a hoarder!  you need help!".  Then she slapped me.*   It was Christmas time and the snow was falling in Mississippi.*  Anna Ruth discovered what I had been hiding in my guest room closet.  Boxes...and boxes....and more boxes....and tissue paper....and more tissue paper....and more tissue paper.  Once the cat was out of the bag, I showed her the other hiding spot in the garage.  HUNDREDS of boxes of all shapes, sizes, and possible uses.  It was true.  I was a box hoarder.  Every time I received a gift or a package in the mail (every day) I would save the box and think "this would be a PERFECT box for X gift or Y storage".  The only problem is they were never used, only collected.  If I bought someone a gift, I had it gift wrapped.  On the rare occasion I did not have it gift wrapped I would not use a box because I might need it in the future for something else.

With the support of Anna Ruth, I decided to stop the madness.  She came to my house and helped me clean them all out but not before we took some photographic evidence.  She let me keep a few.  I would even try to sneak to the throw out pile and take some back, but she caught me.

To this day, every time I get a box in the mail (which currently is about 10 deliveries a week of baby crap) I think of its possibilities.  And then I shed a tear* and put it in the recycle bin.

* slight exaggerations

A few select memories.....

these were some of my favorites


The two bags on the right are full of small boxes



bags of tissue and bubble wrap

like I was going to reuse this?
You get the picture.

Now with all of the diapers, formula, wipes and baby food this is what a typical delivery day looks like.  Can you imagine if I was still hoarding???


6 comments:

  1. I'm sooo glad I'm not alone! I have no telling how many gift bags from wedding and baby showers that I have under the bed waiting to be used for that special person. Oh wait, that never happens! Thankfully I now get rid of all the shipping boxes; because like you, I get something in the mail once a week if not more.

    I think we need to start a support group!

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  2. I recently donated a large amount of gift bags to goodwill. I hope they will be put to good use. I actually kept the tiny box our FNCUniversity keychain came in...because it might be perfect for some jewelry to be wrapped in at Christmas. crazy sauce.

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  3. Ha! Susan, that box is sitting in my desk drawer. Of course it's the perfect siz for jewelry.

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  4. Ahhhh don't you feel good for making a public decree about your former hoarding-self.....you seem to have forgotten about all the random tupperware and take-out containers that I had to intervene on as well.

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  5. Can Anna Ruth come to my house and help me with Audrey?

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  6. Nice box hoarder. I like this information very much.

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