Introduction: OCD Friendly Cardboard Box Hack
Occasionally, I exhibit some Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) tendencies.
As part of this... I like to save nice boxes.
They're very handy for organizing all of my precious other collections like:
- Scavenged LEDs and swithces
- Wall warts
- Old telephone cords (you never know... I might want to show the grandkids someday?)
- Lightsaber crystals (sorted by color... of course)
The only problem with these assorted boxes... is that, no matter how you stack them, their colors are still assorted (YUCK).
Nobody wants shelves full of boxes with photos and labels that don't match the contents... am I right?
So this instructable describes how I cope.
Short Version: I turn the boxes inside out... so the plain cardboard inside shows... and I sleep easy.
Step 1: Tools
- A collection of assorted (nice) boxes
- Your fingers
- Something to pry with - like a flat-head screwdriver (optional)
- Blue painter's tape and a white paint pen (optional... but you're gonna want this)
Step 2: Unfold the Box
Start with ANY single empty box:
- begin opening flaps and don't stop until it's flat
Step 3: Flip It Over and Refold
Now fold it back together... BUT inside out.
Step 4: Stand Back and Breathe a Sigh of Relief
Isn't that MUCH better?
A blank canvas for you to label however you like.
Step 5: Lather, Rinse, Repeat
Now, you can keep doing this... to ALL the boxes on your shelves... house... attic (maybe the neighbors will let you do theirs too?)
Don't forget the not-so-optional blue painter's tape and white paint pen labels... it really makes things look uniform.
Your shelves will look GREAT!
Now... if only there were some way to make all of these boxes the same shape and size.
Oh NO.... try not to think about it... try not think about it... try not to think about it