Earlier this year, after watching the entire season of Tidying Up With Marie Kondo with the rest of the clutter-prone world, I had one impassioned takeaway: Boxes. I needed those storage boxes.
These were the ones Kondo used to store everything from bras to electronics to socks (always folded, never rolled, of course). I learned that for a while, she sold her own collection on her website — KonMari fans could purchase a set of three “hikidashi” boxes for $125.
They had already sold out by the time I went looking for them — and also, hahaha, I wasn’t going to spend $125 — so I started searching elsewhere. Online, I came across cloth storage boxes and bamboo organisers and drawer dividers.
While these were somewhat similar to the hikadashi boxes, they weren’t quite right. Where, oh where, could I find sleek and sturdy cardboard boxes to fit in a drawer and hold my most joy-sparking possessions?
I looked around my house and saw them: Empty iPhone and iPad boxes. I had kept these in my closet for no reason other than how can you throw away an iPhone box? They’re clean, minimalist and beautiful — I’d like to think Marie Kondo would approve.
I used the boxes to organise my junk drawer — the iPhone box holds birthday candles and matches, while the iPad Mini box holds some pens and pencils, scissors and my daughter’s EpiPen.
I just used the boxes as they are, but you can upcycle your boxes with card stock or wrapping paper to make them prettier if you’d like.
My house now has more order, and I saved myself a hundred bucks. Joy has been sparked.