Guest Photos: One Husband’s “Useful” Containers

I received a few photographs from a guy we’ll call “Jay.” He wanted to share his stock of “useful” containers. Before I go any further, I’m going to post Jay’s photos here:

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Now that you’ve seen them, my first question is: Do these containers look useful to you? My initial thought was “Oh, those look like babyfood jars.” It’s always a pity to toss glass babyfood jars because they do seem like they should be useful for something, but really, they’re not. Not even at all–this is pretty indisputable, no? Especially these babyfood jars, as they are great in number, yet all are empty. Read Jay’s exact words:

“Here’s a couple shots of my useful containers. As you can see, when they’re in a box, it may be hard to tell them from junk. But if you pull them out and organize them, you can plainly see that I have a system, and I have carefully amassed a collection of containers based on important attributes that make them really useful.

Also, these pictures don’t show the useful containers that are already filled with interesting or useful stuff. Of course, I suppose when they’re filled they’re no longer useful.”

Let’s discuss this for a moment. Did anyone catch that last sentence? Are you thinking what I’m thinking? Did Jay just say that the containers become useless when they actually store stuff? I am so confused, I’m not really sure what questions to ask to clear this up. Also, I wonder what “attributes” Jay meant by “attributes that make the containers really useful.” I mean, I see that they have attributes like big, small, see-through, plastic, etc. Uh, I’m just not clear on how the attributes transform them from junk into necessities. Maybe I should ask Jay’s wife. HAHAHAHAHAHA. Good one.

No seriously, I am sure she’s really thankful that Jay is storing these containers, especially the eight or nine HUGE coffee containers–because she knows they’ll be available the moment she’s in a pinch. I am sure that she isn’t at all concerned about the space they take up, or how they look really messy, or how Jay is kind of a packrat (because he obviously IS NOT a packrat in any way, shape, or form).

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7 Responses to “Guest Photos: One Husband’s “Useful” Containers”

  1. I might concede the coffee cans, but the empty tin cans? What are you going to store in those? bacon grease? Rusty nails? Bubonic Plague Starter Kits?

  2. Good point, Miss Thystle. And, even if yes, how many of theme would one really need?

  3. Jay had spent a lot of time in not only saving these containers but also in cleaning and categorizing them. He seems to be a very organized person from laying out the containers on the table like that and I see his point about the containers outside the box.

    I do some cooking in the kitchen and those containers would come in handy for a number of things. If I understand Jay’s “important attributes” correctly, glass are great for storing perishable things like food and liquids. The small neck ones would be good for homemade dressings and sauces while the straights be good for making pickled snacks, small glass containers are great for seasonings. The large coffee containers are great for dry food like pasta, sun dried mushrooms and shrimps. The tin cans are good for growing small plants, spare garage parts like nails and screws, children school projects (make sure to remove the sharp edges). Ones with metal lids are great as replacement containers because they don’t break like some plastic flip-tops. They are equally useful for outdoors as well like camping and picnics when its nice to have a small container of oil, salt, sugar, pepper for example.

    Jay was playing with words in the last couple of sentences. The containers are “useful” because they can fulfill a purpose. However, their “usefulness” has been fulfilled if it contains lemonade. Since its full of lemonade, it cannot be “useful” for anything else. That is probably the best that I can explain it… hope it makes sense to others.

    Just out of curiosity, does Jay have a technical profession?

  4. I love this guy! See? He gets it.

    (Graphic design. And I never, ever cook. But the small ones are swell for pollens – ever looked at pollen under a microscope? Beautiful.)

  5. Yes, LazyHusby, you have a good point there–Jay obviously spent a great deal of time accumulating this stash….Attributes–very clear. Definition interpretation, not so clear, but I think I get what you are saying (just not why one would see it that way). You are saying “useful” = “can be used.” However, “full” = “can no longer be used because already in use.”

    I’m still tempted to debate that “useful = already in use, or immediately useable.” But NO. I’m here to learn, and I am learning. This is all that matters.

  6. I’m a woman, and about half of those jars look like ones I would collect. (I don’t have any use for plastic coffee cans and I don’t know what the empty tin cans are supposed to be good for. I have rummaged small jars like those out of garage sale free boxes a zillion times though.)

    Because of my jar collecting I have had to go exactly zero times to annoying places like Pier One or Michaels’ Crafts to pay $3 or more for one glass jar when we need it to store something.

    Of course, I trim down my collection to keep it in the space I have for it. If Jay’s wife is telling him she doesn’t have room to store other things, or she’s tripping over them trying to get to stuff, then there’s a problem.

  7. Lovely collection and totally reasonable. I’m recycling stuff like that myself. ^^

    I paint with watercolor as a hobby. The long empty tins can be filled with water to clean the brush during the process of painting. I’m actually using another lid-less tin to hold my brushes in general and drying.

    In the kitchen we recycle empty bins for drying our home-grown Habaneros and Jalapenos. That way we don’t have to buy extra boxes to hold them, but save energy by using the “old junk”.

    I remember buying a vintage-package of Wrigleys chewing gum, one of those metal boxes. I keep my writing utilities in there instead of using a pencil case. The box is already more than 10 years old and still serves it’s purpose.

    A metal package which used to hold expensive chocolate now holds my jewely and spare piercing balls. Another one holds my teabag selection.

    One of the old jars I filled with rose petals and a candle to decorate the kitchen.

    Options how to make good use of these materials are endless, just be creative 😀

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