Monday, June 3, 2013

On The Wisdom Of Storing Corrugated Boxes

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There isn’t any. 

Here’s what I have learned from trying: the silverfish who rode upstairs on the shallow cardboard tray I use to hold working cans of house paint are an ancient species with an enchanting courtship ritual and small families.
Corrugated cardboard reliably scars old varnished wood every time I haul a flattened box from here to there.
Mites like to eat the glue that holds the laminations in place. The tunnels give them a comfortable place to live. Mites are allergenic.
Corrugated board makes excellent kindling no matter where it is placed.
Corrugated board is bulky, hard to clean around, and seldom fits into a closet.
Handling flattened corrugated boxes taxes fine motor skills.

Temporary work in a mail room years ago taught me the very real pleasures of packing into fresh, clean containers. Frequent mail order shipments allow me to enjoy being on the receiving end of elegant packing jobs. The neighborhood shipping concierge charges a noticeable penny to put a package together, but it’s nothing compared to the hazards and inconveniences mentioned above.



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