One partiuclarly ironic tragedy in clutter combat is the hoarding of cases and containers. Yes, "ironic" is the right word because these things are normally used to keep clutter contained, and although you buy them and hang on to them with that purpose in mind, they end up becoming part of the pile.
So here are some items I found among my stuff that fit that description in some way or another, along with a few others that happened to be in the photo.
- Checkbook covers. The one I have works fine, but they still send a new one when you order new checks. Yes, they're perfectly new, but do I really need 5 of these damn things? I think I know the answer to that.
- Empty packing tape dispenser from Staples. One of two. The idea is that you buy the cheaper refills, then put one in this. But when I get new packing tape, the self-contained spool kind is usually cheaper anyway.
- Also featured in this photo: a ratty pencil that's older than the Ronald Reagan administration, and some small containers of paint that I used for a project in 2001.