Do you have some boxes lying around? Of course you do. If you have a cat, the boxes seem to pile up on their own (where do they even come from!?). It doesn't happen overnight. You've tried stepping around them, climbing over them, and eventually swimming through them to get to your front door. Seriously, the boxes have to go.
And yet... Your cat adores them. He's played with the boxes longer than that expensive toy you had custom-made. He can't seem to tire of the "jump in and out of the box" game. He sleeps in them. There's something about boxes that's just irresistible for cats. You can't just take that joy away from your cat! But you also can't leave them as they are.
So what can you with all those boxes? We have some ideas.
1. Build a fort.
You loved forts as a kid. Oh, who are we kidding, you still do! Fun fact: things take up less space when they're stacked. Mind-blowing, right? Pile up those boxes into the shape of a castle, a fortress, or a Trojan horse. Cut out a connecting tunnel, make sure there are lots of nooks and crannies to hide in, and connect everything with a generous helping of duct tape.
2. Fold them up and store them.
This one isn't as fun, but it's pretty practical. Boxes are easy to fold, and you can store them flat pretty much anywhere. We recommend breaking down a few sturdy boxes, leaving one or two out for your cat to enjoy, and chucking the rest. Any time a box gets too worn out, just replace it with one of the folded boxes (and replace that one the next time you order from Amazon, or wherever your magically appearing boxes come from).
If you have enough floor-space, you can take the fort idea and turn it on its side… literally. Just place boxes flush against each other on the floor and unleash your cats on them. Repeat until you run out of boxes, space, or cats. This can be a fun treat for your cats before you get rid of the boxes, or you can make it a permanent fixture in some corner of your house.
4. Recycle them into storage space
Your cat doesn't have to be the only one reaping the benefits of boxes. With some craftiness, you can reuse your boxes as Pinterest-worthy storage container. All you need is some fabric glue, scissors, and some fabric, and your cat's former chew toys can be used to store his current chew toys. Progress!
5. Only keep the best boxes
Does your cat have a favorite box? Does he spend most of his time sleeping in one box and playing in another? Keep those, and get rid of the rest. As long as you keep the items that, in Marie Kondo's words, "spark joy," your cat won't mind a bit. And your house will be cleaner!