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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Cupboards, Drawers and Closets, Oh My!

This particular posting is dedicated to two of my closest friends, Amy and Lyn, who are not completely anal or obsessive-compulsive.

Have you ever been at a friend's house and opened a cupboard to be taken back by the categorical positioning of each color, shape and theme of dishware? Now, as many of you know, I'm absolutely at-ease with my cooking deficiencies. But I'm starting to wonder if I suffer from something opposite of OCD. Maybe it's called Closet Clutter Disease, or Shove-It-All-In-A-Drawer Disease.

On the outside, my house appears fairly well in order. But after visiting my aforementioned friends this past weekend, I took pictures of my cupboards and drawers. The first step in therapy is to admit you have a problem, right? So that is why I'm sharing my mess with you all.

I could make all sorts of excuses, like I work too much or both of my kids take too much time. But everyone has kids. (Amy has four, Lyn has three.) Everyone works too much. (Amy helps to run a nursing home while working toward another degree. Lyn is a social worker, works part-time for an orthodontist and sells skin-care products on the side.)

One time, while taking a week off from work, I determined to organize my house. I spent a week in one bathroom and said screw it. I never got back on track.

My family spends a fair amount of time looking for stuff. You try to find something in those drawers! But in a way, it helps to develop each of our problem-solving skills and spurs even more creativity. Can't find the tape? Let's figure out a new way to wrap a gift! There's no safety pin to be found? What about a paper clip! Or this rubber band! You get the picture.

The other day, I was trying to figure out where to shove a basket I received for my birthday.(The fresh flowers finally died and were getting stinky.) I opened the nearest cupboard I could find. It was, of course, full of stuff (a serving plate, candles, Christmas decorations, plastic cups and one of my ice buckets). But much to my pleasant surprise, I also found an over-the-door wreath hanger! Totally forgetting I had one, it was just like I received a new gift.

So, perhaps my disease is more indicative of my love of surprise. The next time I need a little pick-me-up, I'll just open a drawer. And if you ever have a need to add the element of surprise to your life, stop over. I'll give you a cupboard.


CAMprinc1 said...

LOL...that's our house as well. I usually try to get to one spot during the weekend but then manage to make more work than was there when I started.

I finally responded to the email you sent a couple months was bad.

Gina said...

Aren't drawers supposed to be like that?? If someone trys to clean it out, you can never find what you left there?? That happened to me yesterday. Stef I love reading your blogs..I hadn't been on since your customer service one. I had a lot of catching up to do! (Now that summer school is over, I don't have to get on the computer every day!) Hope to hear something about ragbrai next week as it pulls through Harlan....I will be riding the first two days (well attempting to anyway!)
Gina C.