The Mystery Boxes That Are Eating My Garage

 I have a problem, and it’s in my garage.

I moved into this house 10 1/2 months ago, and there are still packed boxes, over a dozen. You can see them in the picture to the left.

It’s not that I’m too lazy to unpack them. I mean, I’m lazy, but I could have done a box a week and had it done months ago. It’s that I have no idea what to do with the stuff in the boxes. Where or how to store it, so I can access it and use it and remember what it actually even IS in those boxes.

I was in such a hot, disgusting hurry last July when I packed them that I didn’t bother to label anything, and I tossed dissimilar things in together so that I’d unpack everything quickly to get to my stuff. HA HA HA HA.

(“If you haven’t used it in six months, throw it away.”

Right, I’ve heard that. But some of that stuff is pictures and the outfits I saved from each of my kids’ baby days and keepsakes from my grandparents and stuff like that. So no.)

It’s become overwhelming. Every month or so I bring in another couple of boxes to unpack, and I open them and can integrate a few things into the house, but come to a standstill on other stuff. So I take out the things I can find a place for, and then sometimes I put some stuff from one box into another box and either put the box back out in the garage, or put it down in the basement.

Oh, yes! I have opened-but-not-unpacked boxes in my basement, too (not shown). /hangs head in shame

So you can see why I was really REEEEALLY happy when Home Depot offered me the chance to do a one-two sponsored post punch and buy some containers to organize all that stuff in, so I won’t have to feel bad about those boxes every time I pull into or out of the garage. And maybe even access my stuff (like the Bundt cake pan, and my silpat, and who knows what else is even in there).

I’ll get the containers and unpack the boxes and organize it all and then show you the after pictures in two weeks.

I’m soliciting guess about what I’ll find in those boxes. Any ideas?


A big thanks to The Home Depot for sponsoring this campaign. Click here to see more of the discussion.


Magda Pecsenye writes about parenting at and about co-parenting after divorce with her ex-husband at When The Flames Go Up.

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