Clementines are in season now, which I am sure you are already aware of. Chances are, you have a box of them on your kitchen counter. It’s that box that I want to discuss today.
What is the deal with clementines in a box? Why can’t they come loose, like all the rest of the citrus family? Or, barring that, at least come in some sort mesh bag.
hitting Google for a minute or so diligent, in-depth research, the answer to the box question appears to be marketing. Clementines were originally marketed as a Christmas treat, boxed and with a bow, and it’s because of marketing that they have stayed in their boxes. It would appear that those of us who buy clementines will go ahead and buy a box of two dozen, even though we’d prefer to buy them a half dozen at a time.
I have an empty bin from a recent clementines purchase. The bin is a minor annoyance, but one that I’m trying to do something about. I don’t want to just throw away a wooden box, flimsy though it may be. I can’t burn it, because I don’t have a fireplace. And while I’m sure I could break it down and compost it, the effort involved with removing the metal hardware is not worth it.
I once again hit the internet, including with some trepidation, Pinterest. Don’t get me wrong. I adore Pinterest. It entertains me for a few minutes, sometimes much longer, every day. But Pinterest, as so many of us know, is also filled with ridiculous projects that either take far too long or simply don’t work out.
As I predicted, the internets (including Pinterest) were absolutely filled with ideas for reusing clementine boxes.
The ideas break down into three groups:
- using the boxes as-is for basic storage (craft supplies, kitchen items, etc.)
- putting a tiny amount of work into transforming the boxes into something else (such as painting them and using them as prettier storage bins)
- rebuilding the suckers into the Six Million Dollar Bin
“We can rebuild it. We have the technology. We can make it better than it was. Better…stronger…faster.”
While perusing online, I saw clementine boxes turned into doll beds, wall shelves, mini greenhouses, jewelry display cases, and so much more. I applaud the creativy that went into a lot of these projects, because it helps keep stuff out of landfills.
Still, I’m reasonably certain that there’s no chance whatsoever that I’ll be pulling out paint, fabric scraps, or a circular saw in order to transform trash into treasure.
What I will do, however, is try to reuse the boxes for storage. Probably something like holding bags of pasta in the pantry.
As I was wrapping up this post, I wondered to myself, “I wonder what The Martha would do?” My first thought was that The Martha grows her own clementines in a special greenhouse that she constructed just for her citrus trees. While some slightly-pretentious folks would call their greenhouse an orangery, The Martha would take her name to a whole new level, like the citron domus or Maison d’agrumes.
As it happens, this post is not actually ready to be wrapped up (but not with a wooden box and a bow). Because The Martha does, in fact, buy her clementines. While I doubt she’s getting them from her local Piggly Wiggly — they are probably shipped to her from a select grower in custom-built boxes — the fact is, she apparently does have clemetine boxes to deal with, as evidenced by this project and this project. That said, I seriously doubt her granddaughter has a doll bed made from an old crate, just as I doubt The Martha’s personal house plants are currently nestled into planters made from old crates.
What do you do with your clementine boxes? And, if you were a pretentious person who had a greenhouse for your citrus trees, what would you call it?