In an effort to make my apartment less attractive to mice, I've decided to get rid of all the shoe boxes in my closet and instead store my off-season shoes in plastic shoe containers from The Container Store. While this is, of course, more expensive than using the boxes the shoes came in, they will provide a less mouse-attractive environment, as well as look more appealing.
After I got the containers home (I purchased eight to start with, but will need more), I decided I would put away all my flimsy, strappy summer shoes (sigh). But before I could put anything in the boxes, I had to peel off every last single bit of the labels that were on the boxes.
This reminded me of the two types of car owners I see in Chicago: people who fully remove one city sticker before applying a new one, and people who have a collection of city stickers on their windshield. For those of you who do not live in Chicago, in order to be a legitimate Chicago car owner, you have to pay $75 for a yearly city sticker (I think the price is dependent upon the size of your car...I pay $75) and if you live in a high-traffic/congested neighborhood, you get a neighborhood sticker for an additional $25, which means that only people who live in your 'hood can park their cars after 6 p.m. (I live near Wrigley, so I have a neighborhood sticker). The City of Chicago got smart this year and combined these stickers into one, but before I had two stickers on my car.
I am a person who looks at the removal of the previous year's city sticker as serious business. I get every last morsel of that outdated sticker off my car before I will apply the new one. I even have "Goo B Gone" or whatever it's called to aid me in this important endeavor. See, I don't want anything unnecessary on my car, not only for aesthetic reasons, but also for safety...having a collection of stickers is distracting. I have some friends, however, who literally have four years worth of city stickers lining up the side of their windshield.
I'll just say it...if I see multiple stickers on your windshield, I'm probably likely to assume that your car is a bit of a mess. Try as I might, I still judge. See you in hell!