I know I am not the only one who struggles with finding the contents of my husband’s pockets scattered about the house. Well, only in three or four places, really. But it literally takes energy every time your eyes stop to rest on an item out of place in your house. Not to mention the energy expended when he is running around looking for his keys, or wallet, or work i.d. badge or business cards or phone or…well, you get the idea. And I am making the assumption that it is the man’s stuff, because us women can hide these items (and more!) in our handbags. So the daily organization of your husband’s pocket contents (when the stuff comes out of the pockets, of course) is a small but powerful key to a happier and more efficient home.
This morning while I was getting ready for work, my husband was searching for his work ID badge. Checking pockets of what he wore yesterday, looking in his car, kitchen counters, etc. So I thought I would whip out a quick post with what we do at my house to (usually) prevent mornings like this.
In the image below, you can see that I have a set of 3 hooks next to the door coming in from the garage. Keys go here as soon as we walk in. My husband is left handed, so he gets the left hook. I get the right hook. And the middle hook is for any other keys we may need regularly and don’t want to hunt for. I have been practicing this habit since I had my own place and when my husband & I moved into our first home together, he caught on to the effectiveness and started doing it himself. It sure has saved many a mornings of frantic searching for car keys!
I’m an advocate of a little whimsy here and there in your home. A smile can come from anything and change your mood. My mom got me this plaque years ago and it has moved with me into multiple homes. She knows I
am was a bit of a speed demon on the roads.
Bedroom dressers can be a catch all. This photo below doesn’t show how much stuff used to land on our dresser. Imagine a wallet, photo ID badge and a stack of business cards in addition to the watches and coins and that will be a little more accurate.
(Oh, and don’t judge the wall colors or decor. This designer’s home is the last to get addressed. It is kind of like the Cobbler’s kids are the last to get shoes, ya know?)
I used to try to corral all of the items and hide them behind the photo on the right side of our dresser. It worked for a while, but I was the one always moving the stuff…the hubs still put his stuff on the middle of the dresser. Since I’m not a believer in nagging and trying to change somebody (in this instance, the hubs), I went with his flow and put a small, decorative vessel right in the middle of the dresser and put his stuff in it. Is it the best solution from a design / decorative standpoint? Not really. It isn’t the right scale and the color is a little dark for my preference, but it was a quick fix and the husband has taken the hint and dumps his pocket items right in every night when he comes home. So in my mind, it is a great trade off and resolution to the clutter.
Oh, and yes, this IS where we found his ID badge this morning. Yes. Inside. Not enough coffee this morning, perhaps. 🙂
So what about you? Do you have some daily solutions to the clutter? I’m telling you that by having a place for everything, your home becomes much more efficient and hence, happier, because nobody is running around with their hair on fire trying to find “something” (and you know that always happens when you’re already running late).
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