Since this is the time of year when many of us are buying chocolates, why not choose some which come in a reusable box? You, or your gift recipient, can enjoy the cocoa luxuries and then feel virtuous about using the packaging to sort out a few odds and ends.
A couple of years ago, I attended an event sponsored by San Francisco artisan Charles Chocolates, and was as delighted with the leftover packaging as I was with the chocolates themselves. My make-up now lives happily in these sturdy turquoise boxes, which I’m using as drawer dividers:
As a rule, I don’t tend to buy circular or oval storage containers, as they don’t play nicely with other shapes. But this hat box might make an attractive feature for a desk or shelf:
Coco-Zen has an innovative offering of 20 Fair Trade Truffles in a reusable Indian Tiffin, which would be great for craft or office supplies in addition to the obvious purpose of carrying your lunch:
Or, opt for this beautiful silk box containing 20 pieces of designer chocolate from Jin Patisserie:
Wooden cigar boxes are hot property amongst collectors for being both practical and attractive. You can get a similar look from a box containing adorable chocolate penguins, instead. And mice are available, too!
But if all these options are a little outside your budget, don’t forget the Ferrero Rocher brand which is widely available. Their boxes are plastic, but they’re a great shape and if you enjoy this type of chocolate, you can gradually collect yourself a whole mass of useful, see-through containers.
Have I convinced you that chocolate plays an important part in getting organized?
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