To make these simple items seem more giftable, companies package these consumable items in collectible tins that last long after the edible item is gone. These seem so useful and so we hold onto them. However, do you use the tins? Sometimes, we do, but once we put something inside one of these opaque containers, we can, too easily, forget about the item.
Although, I do have to say that I’ve seen these tins turned into organizing tools – usually involving multiple, similar tins and clear labels – if you aren’t going to do this, see if your city or town takes the tins with recycling.
Susan Caplan McCarthy
I'm Susan, a writer and teacher developing a second career as a Decluttering Coach.