18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Sunday, November 29, 1913: Put things in some kind of order here, but how long they’ll stay. Goodness only knows.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
What was Grandma organizing? Did she put similar items into a box or other container? In the days before container stores, people used to save boxes, jars, and cans to store things in.
Actually, I still save jars and boxes. When I’m cleaning, I’ll gather a group of like items—and then search for a saved container to store them in.
Sometimes I think that I’m the only person still saves old containers—and that most people buy nice matching containers—but I never can bring myself to buy them when I have a closet full of saved ones.