I am a retail box hoarder- I blame it on my parents. My mom still uses boxes from the ’90s when gift-giving.
Over the last three years, I amassed a large collection of boxes. And I realized the boxes look remarkably similar to the same storage boxes I have from this store and Homegoods.
One look at the stack of retail boxes tells what was the popular brand at our house (or the age of my kids). One year everyone got clothes with these whales.
In the past, I used retail boxes to stage shelves. The boxes were usually empty and just added height.
But some brand stepped up their box game and it is almost impossible for me to toss these boxes in the trash/recycle bin. Some boxes are so sturdy it makes me rethink spending $15.95 for a Container Store box that sits in the closet (or on a shelf).
THE SUBTLE WAY TO USE RETAIL BOXES FOR STORAGE
If you have stumbled onto my blog for a hot minute you know I love to repurpose everyday items like this project.
- I added boxes to my office’s built-in. I store thank you notes and birthday cards in a box. No more digging through drawers for cards and matching size envelopes.
- The shape of boxes is ideal to store paper files and receipts.
- Retail boxes are sturdy enough to be stacked and wide enough to save photos or childhood keepsakes for when you tackle this fun project.
- I love to store the photos that didn’t make the cut for the frames in a retail box. When the kids are home for the holidays and summer I pull out the photos and we laugh about the bad haircuts and Homecoming date photos.
- I use a few retail boxesto keep crayons and coloring books for my nieces. I routinely add fun things from the $ section.
- Again, these are hiding in plain sight and are neat and tidy on a table or shelf.
The storage options are endless with retail boxes. I keep the best boxes, recycle the ones that are a bit tired and finally tackle some of those stacks of paper to organize.