When you lose something, it turns up sooner or later and usually in the most obvious place, like on the kitchen table. Socks have the habit of growing holes or being sucked up into black holes of no return. The boys’ rooms are one big black hole for lost things and no amount of nagging about how more time-efficient their lives would be if they tidied their rooms can make them clean up their rooms. Keys belong on the key rack but anywhere is fair game for the dumping of keys—even the freezer section of the fridge.
Parties, especially Christmas ones at our home are risky events; every item is fair game. The principle of de-cluttering applies—bring an item in, one goes out. But in our household, when the presents arrive, the old things slip away and into hiding, sometimes never to be found.
Don’t clean and tidy late at night. Late at night is for vegetating and using your vegetative state for such safe activities as reading, watching a murder mystery re-run on television and falling asleep.
I didn’t resist the urge to potter around, and after announcing I’d wash the dishes in the morning, began to stack dishes in the dishwasher. As I did so, I witnessed the murder of our beloved Bodum coffee plunger as the empty diet lemonade bottle attacked it and caused the Bodum to plunge to its death, stabbed and shattered by forks that were stacked in the open dishwasher drawer.
‘What have you broken now?’ my husband asked.
‘The Bodum’s dead and the bottle of lemonade killed it,’ I replied.
The lemonade bottle feigned innocence as it accused the open window of blowing it over. Whatever.
So with the domino effect, pottering in the kitchen has led to more work, now picking up shards of glass from the Bodum’s demise, and tomorrow, a trip to the shops to replace the glass.
A thought to ponder…
‘Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust [and in modern times, lemonade bottles] destroy…but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy…For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.’ Matthew 6:19-21
(c) Lee-Anne Marie Kling 2015