Monday, November 15

A Psychiatrist....

would likely have a field day studying my obsession with boxes. I can't seem to throw one out unless it is ancient or bent - and even then it is hard  for me. It's not just cardboard boxes either - I have a gracious plenty of plastic bins and crates , and when I was cleaning the house and storage areas to get ready for my garage sale, I was appalled at just how many I had. I suppose when you are a hoarder, you need boxes and bins in which to keep your "stuff" - but what is the problem when what you hoard is boxes????!  (and what is the problem when every time you mean to type 'when', you type 'with?'   Sheeesh. I spend all my time correcting typos. )

On Sunday afternoon, I went into our attic to get out our Christmas decorations and also the last of the holiday inventory from my former business. I discovered some things I had forgotten were up there.  For the past 4-5 years I have only gone there to retrieve Christmas stuff at the very last minute, usually December 15th or so - which left me no time to check out all the boxes and bags.

I found what I have no doubt would be at least 100 boxes, and some of them were purchased for a holiday party I had almost 20 years ago. It was a party for Hardee's in Rocky Mount, NC, and I made centerpieces using three stacked, wrapped and beribboned boxes - which had flowers coming out of the top center. I bought more boxes than I needed, so the remainder have been in the attic ever since then - when they could have been put to good use wrapping our presents. In addition to those are boxes full of other boxes. The landfill will be happy to see me coming, I'm sure.

Anyone care to speculate what causes that type of neurosis? 
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15 comments:

Redondowriter said...

I can't say what this hoarding of boxes means, but I save too many, too--and lots of other stuff. I was born after the depression, as were you, but my parents had a poverty consciousness and mom hoarded so much stuff. Analytically? Boxes are containers. Could it be that we are so "large" in our personalities and interests that we have to have lots of boxes to smush ourselves into if need be?

I'm impressed, by the way, that you are looking at your Christmas stuff so early. I'm definitely not motivated and there is a possibility I won't be any time soon.

Pat said...

OMG you and MTL. His answer to any problem is to put it in a cardboard box and they breed in this house.
I thought he would cry when the super markets stopped using them but still he finds them.
On a happier note I have two large onion heads from this year and last year, and I'm going to try spraying them with gold for Christmas. I'm usually useless at this sort of thin so wish me luck:)
BTW I've invited you to a Scrabble game but am not sure where we go from here.

Granny Annie said...

It will be interesting to see what people speculate about your box collecting. I have trouble throwing away a perfectly good box and I think with me it has to do with my desire to someday be organized.

Peruby said...

I don't know, but I am sure I have it, too.

Arkansas Patti said...

I have a smaller version of the box thingy. I can't throw away a perfectly good box, till a better one comes along, then the first one is toast.
Might be why I am still single.

MissDazey said...

I had to comment on this. I too am a box collector. Recently my husband threw several away, you would have thought he had throw gold away. I especially like having empty boxes, one never know who a box is needed or what size. My problem is filling them up, because actually filling one up is work.

Evil Twin's Wife said...

The Evil Twin saves boxes of every product we buy. In case we have to move (we own the house, so....???) and the things can be safely tucked in their original boxes for transport. His weirdness has come in handy a few times, like when we are giving a certain item away - the item, in it's original box with all the instructions, etc. are all right there. Maybe that's your angle too!

Olga said...

Well, not only are you getting a head start on Christmas decorations, you are also ready for Boxing Day. That's not neurosis, it is just planning ahead.

Celia said...

Boxes are expensive so I reuse, very green of me, except there are more saved than I mail. And I've unintentionally collected decorative boxes, about half are empty, wood, ceramic, silk covered, decorative. So do all my sisters. So maybe its genetic?

srp said...

No but I just fell out of my chair laughing... of course it could be that I spent all of yesterday afternoon getting a power point presentation ready for a dinner tomorrow only to discover that, once again, the PC world has thwarted what is a no brainer process in the Mac world... adding music to a slide show. A one step process in Mac, an unbelievably crappy process in power point. I stayed up most of the night getting the timing right on the background music only to find that not only does it not play the music I fiddled with for hours, but it the PC doesn't like the font I used either and there is no way to make it like it.

Grannymar said...

I think it means you are a tidy thrifty person!

Tabor said...

I don't think you are a hoarder...you just want to be ready in case you need to store or mail something!!

Chancy said...

The boxes in your attic remind me of Vegas:

"What goes in the Attic
Stays in the Attic." ;)

Tracy said...

I, too am a collector of boxes, however, I tend to gravitate to ones that are smaller in size to put away trinkets or stockpile letters; which by the way, who even gets letters anymore to keep?

Regardless, wondering if we 'box-savers' like or desire our lives to be in nice neat packages? Easily contained so that we may perhaps reveal its contents only when and to whom we choose? In addition maybe we wish to stand watch and release the evoked feelings of the bits and pieces when we are better equipped to face its filling head on? ...just some thoughts but quite interesting nonetheless; a topic I just might need to blog on myself!

spunfull said...

Boxes and pens - two of my favorite things!