Did you ever wonder how one area of your home slowly gets taken over by so much stuff that it eventually assumes the responsibility for the new stuff more than the old stuff?
And then one day, you realize that you don’t know what has happened to your house. And you wonder how your sewing room became the exercise room, or your exercise room became the laundry/ironing room. Or perhaps you had a great den where you used to snuggle up and watch movies and now it’s become the kid’s playroom and is constantly littered with toys. I’m sure many of you can relate. And, you probably think that this post is about to outline all the ways our house has been overcome by baby crap (which it has) or that my family room no longer resembles an adult space (which it doesn’t) or that my office has become the staging area for baby baths… and the permanent home of a bath tub (why wouldn’t you keep a bath tub in your office??). Anyhow, this post is about none of those things. And, it’s NOT about how the baby has impacted our space. It’s all about how hubby likes to “re-locate” items to places where they don’t belong and leave them there so long that they adopt the new-found space as their permanent (inappropriate) home.
You may recall THIS POST where I first started talking about this phenomenon and how it impacts every-day life and the relocation of items around my kitchen .. over .. and over… and over… and over… That post is worth a read if for no other reason than to commiserate, if you find yourself constantly wishing that items would be Put Away at your home.
Well, be careful what you wish for… because sometimes, Put Away, doesn’t necessarily solve the problem.
I present to you Exhibit A:
This is one of our closets. In all honesty, it would probably be defined a “catch all” closet. Hubby keeps some suits in here. I keep extra purses, some hats, some of our travel items and other misc stuff. It’s a closet filled with things we don’t really use regularly……………………including, apparently, a good deal of our “regular-use” tools.
Hmmmmm, you may be thinking…… Screwdrivers and drills in your suit closet……. Interesting use of space.
Ahhhhhhh, you may say…… easy access tools upstairs for quick repairs……. Smart storage.
Oooohhh, you may utter…. That’s a mighty nice vest hubby has…… He’s quite stylish.
Yikes, you may be judging…. They REALLY need some professional closest storage help…. That’s quite a disaster.
And to pretty much all of these…. I would say you are correct…………… well, sort of.
Until you think deeper about it. And realize.. we have a full basement at our house. We have a 2 car garage at the house. Read this as: MANY other, BETTER, permanent home locations for all the tools. But alas, they are living happily in my upstairs closet. I suppose there’s a part of me that’s happy they are not sitting in the hallway (which is likely where they started) … They were probably relocated to the closet when I forced hubby to pre-clean for the cleaning ladies, or maybe when we were having house guests, or quite possibly after I tripped over them with the baby so many times that I BEGGED him to move them out of a regular walking path. To be totally honest, I don’t actually remember how they wound up in this closet…. Because it’s been THAT LONG that they’ve been living there.
Out of sight, out of mind for hubby…. So I’m pretty sure these items could stay in this closet until the baby leaves for college or until hubby needs his drill for something. At which time, he will undoubtedly scour the house for tools that he cannot locate only to declare that he’s “looked everywhere” and they must be “gone” and he now needs to go buy everything new. And, then of course, as we wives always do… I will ask him to re-confirm that he has indeed looked “everywhere” and then I will promptly go to this closet, pull them all out and remind him that the reason he cannot find anything, EVER, is because he never puts things back in their proper place………… and the cycle will continues, as it always does………….
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