Friday, January 11, 2013

Friday Five: Where is its HOME?

As noted at my own blog, my word for the year is "clear."

One of the things to which this refers is clearing away clutter.

One of the best ways I have found to do this is to give everything that comes into my house a HOME. And I can easily tell that I have too many things when there are not enough homes for them all!

I gleaned the idea of items having homes  from my younger sister who used to say to her toddlers, "See that book on the floor there? Is that its home? No? Please put the book into its home." Often, I am saying the same words to myself that she said to her little ones.

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In my mother's house, the Marks-A-Lot marker always went in the cupboard next to the sink. I don't know why, I just know that's where the Marks-A-Lot goes, still and forever, in my house many miles away.

So:  Tell us your favorite homes for five things, the places that you can always and reliably find them. 

Tell us about them; show us pictures if you want!  And definitely post a link in the comments, using the following formulation, so we can all come and see.

ps: the prevailing wisdom that one should never have a "junk drawer"? I don't buy that. Because, where else do you put your birthday candles, tiny measuring tape, kite string, eyeglasses repair kits, etc.? 


Mary Beth said...

Great list! I'm sad: we don't have a coat closet in our house. It's a real conundrum!!!

RevTSB said...

We currently have a junk room - our dining room which has all unpacked boxes from our move last spring and assorted other junk. It is awaiting a storage unit where it can go hide. :)

Margaret Almon said...

I like how you said the box cutters "went on a walk about"--that seems to happen a lot at my house.

Bonnie Jacobs said...

I, too, like the image of items that go on a "walk about." That's exactly what it is!

Stratoz said...

Our house is so missing a closet to be a coat resting place.

Crimson Rambler said...

OHHHHHHHH box-cutters. Yes. I finally bought one for every conceivable "home"... and they still go walkabout.

Crimson Rambler said...

I put two magnet-backed basket-things on the fridge -- the narrower one holds pens and pencils and scissors the broader one holds pot-holders...both a help!