The Five Second Switch That Took Months to Make

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I’ve been hiding something. I’ve been hiding it for a very long time. Months, at least.

See this picture? I took it when I realized what I was doing. I was covering up something very embarrassing with that purple sponge.

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I was covering it up because other than this icky and awful spot, this area of my kitchen counter was making me happy. I’d finally put away the dishes that had been air-drying for months longer than they needed to.

Putting those eyesores away made this space look finished. Two little ol’ things on it? They don’t bother me one tiny bit. I automatically know why they’re there.

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Anyway, as I placed that sponge over the grody-to-the-max spot, a vague mental picture passed through my mind.

This handy dandy drying mat, which I do so love, came in a two pack.

I know I debated whether I needed to keep both, but I think I may have kept it, at least for a time, in that cabinet over there. At least, if I did, that’s where I’d look for it first.

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Sure enough, I did.

And in five whole seconds, I had replaced the gross one with the pretty one.

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I even took the gross one straight to the washing machine since the washing machine was available, not being Laundry Day.

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We find that happening a lot. It’s a downfall of the decluttering mindset. We assume we pitched it, so we don’t even look.

I say “we” because on the same weekend, Hubby bemoaned the fact that he didn’t have ANY gross tennis shoes anymore. Nothing bad enough to wear in the lake guilt-free.

Then, he found one pair. He’d just assumed I’d purged them all.

When he assumed, I was indignant. I mean, I’m just trying to keep our house free of junk! He should have looked before accusing (or not really accusing, but it felt that way) his wife!

And then this happened. Proof I make the same assumptions.



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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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