Clean Your Room Podcast - S1 Ep10 Try to Contain Yourself

Thursday, April 22, 2021 Los Angeles, CA, USA


A really good box: a pink Olive and June box with a hinged lid is split into compartments by recycled cardboard strips. A Pokéball and assorted cables and chargers fill the box.

Clean Your Room is a podcast by a regular person who is just trying to be a little more organized. 

Hosted by Alethea Allarey

Season 1 Episode 10: Try to Contain Yourself releases at 12:00 am on Thursday, April 22, 2021

Super cute logo illustrated by Ashlyn Anstee

Listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts

Show Notes for Season 1, Episode 10: Try to Contain Yourself


An episode about boxes, but also some personal thoughts about the world.


Happy Earth Day!

I forgot to mention this on the episode, but yes, it's the 51st Earth Day.

Thanks, Jeric

Jeric M. Arpon Branding 

Montrose Leather Works

That OneDwnMedia Post about Filipinos and Hoarding

Places with Boxes I Love

Those boxes that are cute and green on the inside come from Thrive Market (but you have to be a member).

Alleyoop has the cheeriest red boxes. 

Causebox -- I admit, I've been leaning on this subscription box this past year since I don't want go shopping at the mall (or even at Target or somewhere I'd normally go every month). It's my retail therapy and I don't regret it. If you shop and sign up from my referral link, you get $10 off your first box (new customers only) and I get $15 credit! I've accidentally gotten some very useful items from them, and I love supporting ethically made, sustainable, environmentally conscious companies and products. You can read more about them here.

If you actually need to buy boxes or packaging for your business, I really like EcoEnclose. You can find out more about them here.

Shadow and Bone

I'll share the box on my Instagram, but you really should check out the books and the new Netflix series dropping on April 23, 2021!

More Ideas for How to Recycle Cardboard Boxes

  • Public Goods has a pretty good article on recycling boxes properly
  • Home Depot has a tutorial on how to make a playhouse
  • Cuteness has a DIY cat castle (and I'm sure there are lots of tutorials for other cat architecture out there)
  • A Real Housewife of NYC shows you how to make super simple drawer dividers 
  • Everyday Recycler asks and answers whether or not you can recycle egg cartons (yes and no)

I have some of my own box-hack tutorials planned, however I haven't had the time to write them up or make videos yet, and it was more important to me to get a new episode out before I ended up in the rewrite/re-record loop again. So as we say in Tagalog, abangan (wait for it).

AAPI Owned and Operated Businesses

Anti-Blackness and Racism in Filipino Culture

These are resources I had to share with my own mother who still has colonizer-influenced views on racism, of the all-lives-matter, stop-seeing-color variety. 

These lists are by no means comprehensive, but I will continue to work on them and make them available. 

Support Independent Bookstores! Independent Bookstore Day is April 24th
Once Upon a Time in Montrose, CA 📚
Brain Lain Books Online and Pop Up 🧠
The Ripped Bodice: A Romantic Bookstore 💕
Vroman's Bookstore 💚

Printable Graph Paper

Need to draw up some plans to rearrange your rooms? Check out this site with free graph paper or Goodnotes where you can create as many notebooks you want with different page formats.

Passion Planner

or just go to

FYI - The rest of the links are not affiliate/referral links, just the $5 Passion Planner one above.

Participate in #cleanyourroompodcastchallenge!

Take a before photo of your space -- make sure there's nothing of a private nature, like your home address or the like, or any humans in the photo who have not/are unable to consent to being included in the image. 

Clean up, then take an after photo. You can take video too, and share multiples of each, since Instagram allows up to 10 photos or videos in a multi-media post. 

You can tell us whatever you want in the captions, but make sure you put the hashtag #cleanyourroompodcastchallenge in there somewhere! We might choose to share/repost some posts and stories as well if your profile is public.

Extra credit: use Instagram's Alt Text feature to provide a description for people with visual impairments. Find out how here!

Ask me a question

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I'm not yet scheduling guest appearances from people I don't know personally. If you are someone I know from pre-podcast, please reach out. If you are someone I don't know... reach out anyway! I'd be happy to hear from you. Email

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