Who in their right mind doesn’t love a good container? A sturdy, cute basket. A tub with a lid that locks shut with a satisfying snap.
Them crayons ain’t going nowhere.
Laundry baskets, mason jars, makeup bags, diaper bags, hand bags, totes, plastic drawers, sandwich bags, Tupperware, toy boxes, jewelry boxes, tea boxes, shelves and more shelves.
These containers whisper to us, knowing we yearn for organization.
“Let me tidy up that bathroom cabinet for you.”
“You know what would fix that junk drawer? Seven tiny baskets!”
“Laundry will be quicker with this ergonomic tote.”
“I can slide under the bed and hide so much stuff.”
CLICK TIGHT LIES AND STACKABLE DECEPTION.
This epiphany came to me as I was kick-pushing two giant, rope handled buckets across my living room. These were originally purchased to be used as toy bins, but since minimizing our toy stash, they’ve turned into impromptu reflex and balance obstacle course challenges. (Should I just fall gracefully after stumbling over them or should I try a ninja leap first and then fall?) These darn things are always in my way. Either empty or with two or three Hot Wheels rolling around inside.
“You have to keep us. You NEED us. What are you gonna do? Throw us away? Giant PLASTIC buckets? LOLNO.”
The jars in my cabinet tell me the same dirty stories. Even though I’ve literally *never* needed to use all of them at once… “But what about when that day does come? Where will you put that 1/3 cup of marinara? IN THE TRASH?! Way to utilize that first world privilege, sicko.”
The eco guilt is real.
Throughout my destashing and minimizing and zero waste endeavors, I’ve focused on clearing out these spaces in earth (and wallet) friendly ways. I now have drawers that open and close freely. Who knew? I have cabinet space. I don’t have to buy Ziplock bags.
But I’ve basically been left with empty shells. The storage equivalent to my kids’sandwich crusts. I could use it for other things in the future, but do I really want to hang onto old sandwich crusts?
Um, no, I eat that immediately because I don’t have time to make my own lunch if I want to watch Gilmore Girls reruns during nap time DUH.
The containers must find new jobs or they’re out of here. Window herb planters, fabric upcycling, reusable shopping bags, rainwater collectors, giftables, etc.
Know thy enemy!
Minimalists, is there anything that has managed to stay under your radar? What things have you had the most trouble with letting go?