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But They Do Buy Some Containers—with a Caveat

Of course, there are things just can't be contained in a shoebox, and a big storage bin can be helpful for larger items or collections you only use occasionally. Caitlin Roberts of Minimize with Purpose in Southern California has a few such boxes in her garage for Halloween and Christmas decorations. A pretty bin, lovely as it is to look at, can make you forget all about where those Christmas stockings are. Not so with a see-through box; her rule is that they must be clear, so that every time she's in the garage, she sees them and is reminded of what's inside.