Arlo and Janis by Jimmy Johnson for February 23, 2023

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    Lucy Rudy  7 months ago

    They come in handy for wrapping xmas gifts.

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    B4ItNs  7 months ago

    My late wife would save gift bags to reuse along with boxes of many types.

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    ATGMer  7 months ago

    Wish I had invested in the Amazon box-making company. I could’ve been rich!

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    j_m_kuehl  7 months ago

    Well, It beats ordering a box of boxes.

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    Da'Dad  7 months ago

    This is how my wife is wired. Once upon a time products in need of repair had to be returned to their manufacturer in their original packaging. A lesson SWMBO took to heart.

    Please note that today’s missive, as well as all so far this week, originally appeared in 2014. I hope Mr. Johnson has some fun things to take care of.

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    AnneFackler  7 months ago

    The mice will love it.

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    nosirrom  7 months ago

    During the pandemic I/we collected too many boxes to count. I finally got around to taking them for recycling. With the backseat of my Forester folded down I filled the back up with broken down boxes. There were so many that I couldn’t see out the rear window.

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    CharleneC Premium Member 7 months ago

    I keep a few boxes in various sizes, but I cut the tape on both ends so they can be stored folded flat.

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    dlkrueger33  7 months ago

    I keep them in the garage. I grab them before my husband can break them apart for recycling.

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    William Bednar Premium Member 7 months ago

    Looks like my home office.

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    What’s a “knock-on effect”? That’s a new one for me.

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    Take the longest box. Open the bottom of all others and fold the flaps out, fold in all top flaps to lay the box flat. Put them into the longest box with their short edge sorting them by the long edge. In the one corner that stays clear that way you can keep some cylindrical containers, if you have any. (Rip off any label with addresses to prevent confusion if reused for posting.)

    Do that with every box in future: as long as more boxes appear than you need yourself that one box’o’boxes will serve all your needs.

    Throw out all that can’t be layed flat, rips or won’t fit into the longest box with their short edge. Throw out any more than two or three of the same size. Throw out any that is soiled with or smells like what vermin may see as or confuse with food!

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    timbob2313 Premium Member 7 months ago

    Since moving to Eastern OK in 2017 we rather quickly ran out of someplace to store cardboard boxes, so now we cut them up, bag them and maybe once a month take them, along with the newspapers, to recycling. One thing we miss about San Antonio(besides HEB)is that we had one day a week for garbage pickup, and another for recycle pickup

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    Thanksfortheinfo2000  7 months ago

    Her closet, which never gets ‘reviewed’, unlike our garage, which must be regularly tidied.

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    Dobby53 Premium Member 7 months ago

    The cat must love that closet.

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    someotherotherguy  7 months ago

    We traded the large collection of mail order catalogs for the large collection of Amazon boxes.

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    colddonkey  7 months ago

    When did Janis change her name to my wife’s name?

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    The Orange Mailman  7 months ago

    This predates the internet. As a kid we saved all types of boxes.

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    ScullyUFO  7 months ago

    Anyone else feel “exposed” by this strip? A few weeks ago I went through my own saved box cupboard and recycled a ton of material. Seriously, there were boxes in there at least 20 years old.

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    BlueNAL  7 months ago

    Mine are broken down and used to kill grass for flowers.

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    mrsdonaldson  7 months ago

    True but cardboard boxes are candy to termites

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    poppacapsmokeblower  7 months ago

    I suggest nesting smaller boxes in bigger boxes. It saves space and doesn’t take much more time to find the right box. (Nest them by shape, square boxes in bigger square boxes.) Of course inserting intermediate boxes in the proper place takes more time. This is an old computer program problem.

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    david_42  7 months ago

    They all go in recycling, except during the garlic harvest.

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    Olddog04  7 months ago

    Burn it.

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    julie.mason1 Premium Member 7 months ago

    My mother filled one bay of the garage with her collection of “Sacred Containers”. We just save the ones that are cat comfy sized.

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    becida  7 months ago

    Fold them flat and store them in one of the not folded flat boxes then buy a roll of packing tape & keep it there too.

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    MeGoNow Premium Member 7 months ago

    We sell a lot on eBay, so there’s a mountain of boxes waiting to be selected.

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    Ed The Red Premium Member 7 months ago

    As a boy, I could never have imagined the amount of time and effort I would spend on “This is a good box. I can put things in this box. I’d better save it” and then tossing it on the huge pile of other good boxes I have in the store room.

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    Bill The Nuke  7 months ago

    We moved into our new (and probably last) house in October and had a ton of moving boxes. I broke them down, stacked them in on huge box, and then advertised them for free on Facebook Marketplace. Several people wanted them.

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    ladykat  7 months ago

    Which reminds me – I’ll be placing an Amazon order tomorrow, so I need to break down the empty glasses I have.

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    Emperor Rick  7 months ago

    Once again Mr. J’s social commentary rings personally true. sigh

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    EMGULS79  7 months ago

    UGH! That’s my wife. Have to keep all the useless boxes cluttering the garage until a few years later when we run out of room and she FINALLY reluctantly decides it’s OK to part with a few….(or until I gradually sneak them into the garbage one or two at a time when she’s not around…)

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    gigagrouch  7 months ago

    At least knock ‘em flat! They’ll take up much less room in the recycle bin.

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    MuddyUSA  Premium Member 7 months ago

    Empty boxes fill an empty closet?

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    paranormal  7 months ago

    I’ve got a stash of larger boxes to use when I have the kitchen remodeled…

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    drfhoule  7 months ago

    Remove tape from bottom, flatten, put back together and retape when needed.

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    sobrown51  7 months ago

    I would think the closet would now be the cat’s favorite room.

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    raybarb44  7 months ago

    The magic is gone now …

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    hk Premium Member 7 months ago

    My wife saves stuff like this all the time. Once a month I go through her piles and throw away about a third of them away, shredding them, and using the shred for the chicken coop. I suspect she might know and is using me to make her throw away decisions.

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    j.l.farmer  7 months ago

    I break mine down so they are easier to store.

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    Willameano Premium Member 7 months ago

    Once I had to order one bolt, specialized for mounting a u-joint. I had to go to a tractor supply store to order it. When it came in, it was in a one cubic-foot box. The clerk shook the box & as the bolt rattled around in all that space, he commented, “Yeah, I think we got your bolt…”

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    christelisbetty  7 months ago

    A lot of warranties tell you to keep the box, in case you need to return the item.

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    David Huie Green LosersBlameOthers&It'sYOURfault  7 months ago

    Keep it twenty years. Burn it while she’s gone. The next day she will be seeking it.

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    Brian Fink  7 months ago

    I’m the one who saves good boxes

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    Jwhitcomb1966 Premium Member 7 months ago

    When cleaning out my parents’ home and getting it ready to sell, I came across dozens of old shoe boxes, various old (washed) clamshell boxes from restaurants, and all kinds of empty jars in the basement of the house. My Mom had all saved them ‘just in case’ she needed them. Keeping a few? Fine. Keeping dozens (or hundreds)? Then, it just might be hoarding.

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    Scott S  7 months ago

    My wife has enough boxes saved to sink an aircraft carrier!

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    unca jim  7 months ago

    One entire corner of my workshop taken up by “boxes” and their packing stuff. (sigh) )

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    alexius23  7 months ago

    I am a box saver too…sheesh

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    Out of the Past  7 months ago

    I used to save boxes. Now I throw them out. Haven’t had any regrets.

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    JessieRandySmithJr.  7 months ago

    Cut the tape on the bottom and fold them back down. Get a roll of packing tape for later use.

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    Night-Gaunt49[Bozo is Boffo]  7 months ago

    Order that closet.

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    BC in NC Premium Member 7 months ago

    Cockroaches love cardboard boxes for eating, nesting, laying eggs. They love the material and even the cardboard box glue.

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    DaBump Premium Member 7 months ago

    Reduce this to one panel and it’s a Pluggers.

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    Jason Allen  7 months ago

    At least break it down so it doesn’t take up so much space. It’s not like packaging tape is expensive.

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    mafastore  7 months ago

    We used to keep a lot of boxes but then we had bedbugs – and they love paper/cardboard items, so we got rid of them. In more recent years – say the last 7 or so – I have started keeping some again in our small porch.

    What I have kept since we moved into our house 34 or so years ago is bags – brown paper supermarket bags, then later the “one time use” plastic shopping bags and other similar ones. Husband used to say to me – “they always give you a bag in the store – get rid of them.” I replied “you never know” I read books on organizing and they all said the same as my husband.

    At the same time that Covid started our state moved to stores not being able to have the “one time use” plastic bags and depending on if one’s county/city had imposed a fee on paper bags under this law stores could charge for paper bags. (Fees are better than the store charging as when the store charges for a bag it is a sale and sales tax is due on the bag – for every paper bag “purchase” there was 1 cent sales tax on the bags as 10 cents was the common amount charged and sales tax is just under 9c/$1US Husband was upset at the thought of paying for bags – I pointed out that with my collection we will probably never need to buy a bag. I have stopped throwing them out when I use them as garbage bags in small pails in the house and reuse them as long as they are not “icky”.

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