Where Does It Go?
Posted by Jo Robertson Mar 14 2013, 11:55 pm
My mother always said the key to keeping your space efficient, house, apartment, room, or automobile, is the old adage: “a place for everything and everything in its place”).
I’m not the best follower of this excellent advice – I love to scatter too much, especially on desk tops and coffee tables and counters – but I do want everything in the kitchen to be in its proper place.
Why? Because I’m the cook. Or, I should say, I’m the only one who prepares food in something other than a microwave or a toaster oven.
However, I live with grown men – the testosterone fairly flings itself on the walls of my house. I’ve learned to live with intermittent and totally unexpected shouts – actually, very loud screams – of “Go 49ers!” or “Stupid call, ref!”
Even toilet seats left raised.
But I cannot understand why items that always and very clearly come from a definite place in the kitchen often find themselves, for example, outside — in the back yard.
Or in a bedroom.
Or, when it’s obviously an eating utensil, in the drawer with the towels and dishcloths.
Why, when it’s so obvious that measuring cups are made to nestle, are they tossed willy-nilly into a draw where they won’t fit, eliciting yells of frustration from said men.
And don’t even get me started on the whole bowls-and-their-lids thing!
I’ve lived for 47 years with the same man, and four other men at various stages of their lives. I’m 5’4″ tall; they are all over 6 feet. Isn’t it clear that I cannot reach the top shelves in my cabinets like they can? Why, oh why, do they always place often-used items where I cannot reach them unless I risk life and limb and injury?
I’m not a fussy person. Truly, I’m not. You cannot raise seven children, work full time, and be fussy. Like the picture below from “Grumpy, Grateful Mom” Blog, there are times when the mess prevails.
But, please, once before I shuffle off this mortal coil, I’d love to see the dishwasher items unloaded and put away where they’re supposed to go.
Where they were found.
What about you? Frustrations in your house with organization and storage? Are you a neat-freak or a take-it-easy type? What’s the one thing you insist be done your way? What do you always put back in its correct place? What’s the one thing you never put back right?
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