Tidy Bears Open Box 2

Today Whitey Bear found a box on a shelf in the study which Uncle Den had made.  The box had a lock, so Whitey thought “it must contain something valuable”.  Sadly when he opened it was completely empty.










This was a puzzle for all the bears because it led them to question what they were going to do if they ever manage to empty some of the many boxes.  So Big Ted called a Bear conference and these are some of the ideas that the Tidy Bear Team came up with for using empty boxes:-

  • Patch suggested “Put them in one of the sheds until de-cluttering comes around again.  John has already done some of this but the sheds are getting full up”.
  • Holly Bear said “Give them away to a young person who is just beginning to collect clutter ” 😀
  • Pyjama Bear thought it would be a good idea to “Fill them with ties, summer clothes, loose change, odd socks, all bank papers and everything else John has de-cluttered in the past year.    Then bury them in the garden for future generations to find and treasure.”
  • Peter Rabbit, who is the very clever one of the team said “Stand on an empty box at speakers corner outside Hyde Park and lecture people about CLUTTER”  🙂
  • Cuddly Bear thought it would be a good idea to “Use them to wrap Christmas presents in or make a ‘lucky dip’ box with spare bottles of wine and whisky to give to charity.” 😀
  • Big Ted made a wise observation to “Leave them around the house and enjoy knowing there is empty space somewhere 😀………..  or 

There will be a copy of Walt Hopkins and George Simons’ book — “Seven Ways to Lighten Your Life Before You Kick the Bucket” — for the best ideas on de-cluttering.

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3 Responses to Tidy Bears Open Box 2

  1. davidwfreeman237 says:

    I note the comments by all the bears, Ted’s!! Before I comment I must first admire the craftsmanship of the box, the exterior highly polished ( Honduras??) mahogany, the stripe effect easy to read, and then the precision with which each corner joint has been made (Dove tails?) in both the body and lid..
    I have three intrigues, and I ask as below:
    1- How is the lid top jointed to the framework-Glued or nailed, or buttoned by internal joint blocks?
    2- How is the base jointed to the main box frame work? again glued or nailed, or buttoned by internal joint blocks?
    3- Who has lovingly kept this box in its polished state? is is obviously a momento and treasured.
    I note the box is suitable for a variety of tasks such as trinkets/pens/a desk tidy, The box deserves some form of soft luxurious lining, and as big Ted states, a thing, box, object to behold- well worth the shelf space.

    • john graham says:

      I will do my best to answer:-
      1. With screwed brass hinges, surely no self-respecting cabinet marker would use nails.
      2. I think it is glued, but I haven’t turned it over for a while 😀
      3. It is French polished and then varnished. Mo does the cleaning.

      It is now a empty space to fill in, as Joni Mitchell once said. (Blue, 1970)

      • davidwfreeman237 says:

        excellent! However the flat surface of the lid?, not its hinged joint? I assume answer 2 refers to the bass.. By the way my careless talk-nails are common, i was thinking more of ”brass tacks” but not monetary wise?
        I leave both yourself and Mo to declare who’s wax polish one may use? think of that income stream for highlighting such an august product, on such a beautiful box as this.

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