Getting Rid of The Box and the Boxed In Feelings by Marla Stone
The weirdest saying of all is "Think outside the box." Why would anyone want to think outside of a box? Boxes are so bulky and difficult to put together and take apart, plus they're not great for the environment. Boxes hide things from ourselves so much so we forget what we own, and what we cherish or abhor. Getting on top of a box, or what is called a "soap box" to air your point of view or postulate a belief was quite common in the old days, and now that's where a box can be useful, especially in today's world. Yet, simply thinking outside of a box makes no sense at all.
Boxes are the bane of many people's existence when they have been shoved, pushed around and remain unpacked or dealt with. That's why I don't suggest ever buying another box for the rest of your life especially when you move, unless of course you cannot afford the alternative, the clear plastic bin. In that case please don't purchase boxes. Go to Costco or Trader Joes or a local retail outfit and they will give you, for free perfectly good and clean boxes.
The most common way to pack for a move now is to use clear plastic bins which saves time and money compared to buying, putting together, marking up and taping, breaking down and disposing of boxes. Later, the plastic bins can be used for the garage, sold or donated after your move. Clear plastic bins are a great way to move everything especially when you will be storing things prior to re-locating. Also when you are going to have a storage unit, temporarily you can still see your stuff and have easy access during the moving process.
Having boxed in feelings such as stifled, drowning, trapped, and stalled does not lend to what I call an ideal lifestyle and that is what I want for you most of all. Not something close to ideal but ideal in a big way. When you don't live the life you dream about and you don't fulfill the goals you've set out for yourself it can lead to self disdain, bitterness, and a general hopelessness. This is no way to live. You can start to take out your feelings of self pity or woe on friends, family, co-workers and anyone you come across. Not okay!
You and only you will determine what you truly want out of life, how your home and office will be kept and what kind of stuff and people you keep around you. Having a criteria for what you want in your life including family and friends is important. Just like boxes you want to remove toxic, selfish and impudent people from your life. Live freely, open and most of all healthy and happy.
Marla Stone, MSW Professional Lifestyle Organizer and Author of The Clutter Remedy: A Guide To Getting Organized For Those Who Love Their Stuff