The Joy of Containers

Daily Writing Prompt: What activities do you lose yourself in?

I lose myself in containers. I forget to rummage for snacks and lunch is delayed. This could be the start of the Container Diet book. Containers exercise me physically and mentally. They ease stress, relax and allow beauty to surround me.

The reasons are twofold:


Because my youth was spent in chaos, order gives me pleasure and peace. Containers create a systematic taming of disorder. I find creative ways to repurpose the plastic and packaging already in the house to use for storage. Not that I forgo new storage products.

Cardio and strength training come into play as I lift and move items around. Editing the sentimental items releases emotional conflicts and the need for resolution. The efficient and attractive placement of the stuff I want to keep and the letting go of excess things feels like freedom.


My outdoor planter containers get filled with annuals and herbs in the spring. A single container of a store-bought perennial becomes a multitude of plants as they get divided and transplanted year after year. The colorful plantings and the small outdoor creatures that meander around them allow me to gaze at them for hours and find calm.

Buying a young plant in a small container is not the end of it. As I water, trim, recycle and transplant the greenery, exercise sneaks into this pastime. Also to research and plan a garden is a fun and challenging brain game.

Excuse the hyperbole, I can’t contain myself.


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