Case Lots

In case you were wondering what is greedily eating up all of your storage space, contemplate this.  The reason you may be space challenged is case sensitive. You see, almost everything you can buy today has a matching case. Therefore, you are automatically doubling the “footprint” of any item you own.  Cell-phones, IPods, even small manicuring tools require cases as do oversized commodities like golf clubs and scuba diving gear.

Often cases are included as a package deal; as when you get an eyeglass case with your sunglass purchase.  You also have ample opportunity to load up on cosmetic cases which are essential components of all department store make-up promotions. Trade shows allow you to replenish your laptop bag supply, as long as you don’t mind being a walking billboard for someone else’s company.

Other product categories are not always so generous, and you often have to go to great expense to protect your possessions from scratches, dents and unfortunate collisions with hot liquids.  Given the number of tablet PCs, power tools, racquet sports and scrapbooking supplies that are populating our homes, we calculate there must be 11.4 cases for every man woman and child on the planet. If you don’t think this is true, simply visit any “Gadgeteria” in a local mall or airport. You could drop a fair bit of change on containers for you flash drives in the shapes or grenades or Lego blocks.

We don’t mean to insinuate cases are not necessary elements for maintaining your valuables.  Cases inevitably transform to C.R.U.D. status when they become separated from the objects they were designed to serve.  It is not difficult to imagine how this happens – for example, you forget to put your camera back in its case at your daughter’s 6th birthday celebration, when the paper tablecloth caught on fire.  And who has the patience to hunt down all the jewel cases for those DVDs and CDs that are decorating the entertainment center?  After a lengthy separation, it is hard to find a match.  Long after the contents have departed, the case often lives on in its solitary existence in your home.

C.R.U.D. CHALLENGE:

The next time you run into – let’s say – a binocular case, try to remember if you still have the binoculars and where they presently reside.  How much time you choose to devote to pairing cases with their one-time inhabitant depends on your level of determination.  Even if you cannot locate the original occupant, there may be an opportunity for creative substitution. An old CD wallet could make a safe haven for household receipts. You can convert an empty plastic box of baby wipes into a holding tank for game pieces that have strayed from their mother ships. Don’t forget about the donation potential, if you run out of re-purposing ideas.

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