DiMola Bros discovers the art of organization — in residential basement cleanout
Over the past few decades of collecting antiques, I’ve learned that there’s truly an art to organization. While I don’t typically organize in an obsessive compulsive way (i.e., nothing in my garage is in alphabetical order and there’s not much rhyme or reason to where I place my antiques), I appreciate people who organize their stuff creatively. That’s why these jars jumped out at me during a residential basement cleanout a few days ago.
These days, you can make a quick trip to Ikea or Target and buy transparent drawers or cabinets, which allow you to always see what’s in them. No fuss, no muss, no label.
But what did people do before label makers and massive department stores? My guess is…this.
This guy took old, glass peanut butter jars and used them to store all sorts of tiny hardware, such as screws, nails, tacks, clips, springs — you name it, he stored it. Then — and this is the really creative part — he screwed the lids of the jars to the ceiling beams in the basement so that all he had to do to access the items was twist off the bottoms.
I say we start reusing glass jars again — it’s free, it’s environmentally friendly, it’s functional. Plus, it’s just fun to say that you screwed your jar of screws to the ceiling.