Monday, April 03, 2006

A trip to The Container Store

I took a trip today to the Container Store with my sister. I was kind of excited to go, with shopping cart in hands, I was ready to drop some cash and get myself organized. But my trip there turned into more of a wake-up call of how out-of-control we are as consumers.

First of all, there really is a container for everything! Ties, dishes, wrapping paper, and more. After walking around there for a little bit, I was morbidly fascinated by the whole thing.

Here are a couple of the items that stood out in my mind:

- Bag holder - There is a gizmo to hold your plastic bags, you know, the type from the grocery store. We have a lot of these plastic store bags. We use them for garbage bags and dog poop bags. But do we really need to buy a holder to keep all their bags, which they get from buying other things? My sister felt like she needed it, so she bought one . I was tempted, but I held back. - Remote control caddy - Okay, so we don't watch TV. But my feeling is that if you have so many remote controls that you need a special caddy to keep them all organized, then maybe you should think about cutting back on how much TV you watch.

Maybe I was resentful because I will never be this organized. No matter how hard I try, I will never ever have a space that looks like this.

Or maybe it's because I can't fathom having enough space to store all of these containers.

Don't get me wrong, I didn't walk out empty-handed. I bought a wire basket with suction cups to keep Lucas' bath toys in, hangers, and a nifty spice organizer, so the spices are in more of a terraced seating arrangement.

But when I was walking around with that bag with their tagline, "Contain Yourself", I felt as if I'd crossed over the line into the dark side.

1 comment:

Deb said...

I totally agree about the bag holder thing. Truly absurd (but we did consider buying it).