So, A Place for Everything But Not ALWAYS Everything In Its Place? Huh.

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That’s a how-interesting-so-that’s-the-way-it-works kind of “huh.”

Not a Texan version of “Pardon me?”

I love (affiliate link alert) my dishwand. I’ve blabbed about it already this week. And I really love using my favorite mug to keep it clean and dry and out from under dishes in the sink.

But alas, about three weeks after I’d come up with this oh-so-fabulous-and-couldn’t-be-any-more-perfect solution, my face fell when I saw it in the bottom of the sink, its handle in the garbage disposal.

I’m not sure how it got there, out of its designated home. I could probably pin it on one of the kids, but it’s not like I’ve never done that. By “that” I mean: come up with a perfect solution/spot/routine, and then life happens and I don’t put the item back in that spot and all is lost.

The “all is lost” part is overly-dramatic, but it’s how I roll.

I think that attitude is why the “place for everything” concept that Fancy Homemakers chant with a smile makes me tilt my head slightly while my eyes glaze over.

I felt the sadness of another failed solution, another not-put-back-in-its-place item, but then I realized I didn’t have to be sad.

I didn’t have to mourn another System Gone Wrong.

All I had to do was put the dishwand back in the mug.

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Which is so much easier than crying. Y’know, with the tissue and the blotchy face and the runny nose and all.

And it hit me that A Place for Everything is how people pick up their houses so quickly. They don’t have to moan or groan or stare at an item for ten minutes wondering where to put it. It’s not that nothing EVER gets out of place. It’s just that when it does, there’s an angst-free place to place it.

Getting rid of A LOT of stuff and asking myself my two (and ONLY two) decluttering questions means most of my stuff does have a place. (Not all, but I’m excited to say most.)

My dishwand has a place.

So put it there.

Huh. Pretty easy. Who knew?

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  1. 1

    it does get very exhausting though when it seems like you’re the only one in the house who ever puts anything “in its place”….

  2. 2

    I do forget that it’s a process! I keep thinking, “I don’t have time to do all of that!” but I do have time to put a couple of things away. If I put a couple of things away now, that is progress, right! Progress, not perfection!
    Thanks for the reminder.
    Tonight I have to pick up my house some so the cleaning lady can come….how ridiculous is that?

    • 3
      Lottie Schlamperddatsch says:

      To pick up bevore the maid comes – ridiculous, I used to think so too. One of the 1000 “buts” that kept me from getting help.


      Is it not a bargain? You pay for cleaning and get the motivation to pick up for free. 😉

    • 4
      Susan in England says:

      When I employed a cleaner, I always tidied things up beforehand, on the basis that I was paying her to clean, not to tidy up.

      Years later, when I worked as a cleaner I realised just how much easier it made my job if the owners had tidied the place before I got there, and just how much extra actual cleaning I could do if I didn’t have to stop to pick things up and move them.

  3. 5

    A place for everything, that’s my goal! Keep up the periscope reminders! Seeing them here on the blog is the best place for me to find them. Everywhere else they just get lost in amongst the noise.

  4. 6

    More periscope kitchen cleaning club please!
    I can’t believe my first real scope was me doing my dishes.
    Must have missed it bad!

  5. 7

    I always, always, always finish decluttering with a little pile of things that I need to keep but doesn’t seem like it goes anywhere. One in the kitchen, one in the office, one in the living room (you get the picture). They are random, single, miscellaneous items that I need to keep for some reason but just don’t know what to do with! That is always the beginning of the new pile of crap that I eventually have to declutter again. I need to know where they go! What should I do with the last few items that need a place and don’t have one? (just picking a spot in a cupboard or filing cabinet doesn’t work for some reason)

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