Like most of us, I do a lot of my shopping online, which means a lot of stuff showing up at my house overpackaged in big old boxes that sometimes hold smaller boxes with then another box inside.
My concerns about over-packaging aside, the reality remains: I have a lot of boxes in my house.
For the new year, I’m trying this new idea:
Any packaging that enters my home must now be filled up with old stuff, and given away.
This is just a version of “one in, one out” … but on a very tangible, practical level.
What am I going to do with this box that my new teapot came in?
I am going to fill it with clothes I haven’t worn in years, and send it right back out the door to be donated!
My house is small, so this is part of keeping it from getting cluttered… a box with something new comes in, the box is filled with old stuff, and sent back out into the world to find a new home.
But I’m also taking care of my recycling… just on a very large scale.