Thursday, October 20, 2011

A Life In A Basket

I refuse to post pictures of my messy house. You can use your imagination. I will say that I do keep up with the kitchen, the bathroom and the bed linens during the season. I mop the floors a lot because of the dogs. Most other things fall behind. That means that every fall finds me re nesting for the winter.

Earlier this week I tackled the area by the back door and my personal laundry room. I painted the alcove walls and ceiling and cleaned up everything except the work area of he who loves clutter. His "workbench". Supposed to be a workbench, but it is piled high with clutter. I confess that I am guilty of adding to it when I look for a place to put something out of my way until I can get to it, but the bulk of the mess is his. And he has never cleaned it up.

But, that was earlier in the week. This morning I decided to tackle the table by the front door. More specifically the basket atop said table. This is the basket I placed there to hold keys and cell phones and wallets, etc.

Perhaps I should limit the size of the basket ......... This is what I found in the basket, the basket I never use, the basket that is all for the convenience of he who keeps everything.......

$49.46 in loose change, 2 checkers, 4 latex gloves, a set of nail clippers, 2 drill bits, an oil filter for his truck (wrong size, he was going to take it back), a drawer pull, 2 use up tubes of Orajel, a tube of Vaseline lip therapy, a bulb from a set of Christmas lights, a box cutter, a cup hook, every list I have made and given him since May, various receipts, 2 cellophane wrappers from his favorite peanut butter crackers, a Reese's wrapper, two pairs of work gloves, lots of pocket lint, .......... and a partridge in a pear tree.

Oh, there were keys, too. A lot of keys. Some of them I am quite certain he has no idea what lock they belong to. I will be keeping the money. I did, after all, work for it by picking it out of all the other stuff. I deserve it, don't you think?

8 comments:

Teresa - in the Middle Side of Life said...

LOL! Nearly $50 in loose change???? too funny. We've had baskets that were supposed to hold just keys - and ended up with so much more. with our small kitchen and limited counter space, we really did cut back to a small basket that just does hold keys. Ron, on the other hand, has more than one basket by his chair and the contents in them keep multiplying - like rabbits.

ellen abbott said...

You definitely need a smaller basket. One just big enough for loose change.

SkippyMom said...

That is LOT of loose change. heehee - we keep a glass milk bottle in the kitchen and put our change there. When it gets high enough we send the quarters to Squirrel for laundry and Wallene gets the rest for mad money.

Definitely a smaller basket for keys.Good luck it is such a good feeling to get it done, I know.

Joanne said...

I laughed all the way at he who might be named Pat. I have a dear, organized, punctual, neat friend who is married to the man whose junk basket you just described. We spent a day running around southern Wisconsin returning everything he bought the wrong one of. We learned stores like Tractor Supply, Auto Zone, etc. have return policies of sooner than six months. Can you believe it! Or, as Ann says, such a Pat.

Brian Miller said...

you found $50....i need a basket like that...smiles...ha...i have a disk on my bedside that collects all my pocket stuff...

Mamma has spoken said...

I would laugh but I think I have many a baskets like that around here too....

Kathy G said...

If you get a smaller basket, those odd things will just get scattered around the house...better to keep them all contained in one place.

Pat said...

You most certainly DO deserve the cash!

I just wonder.....were the things on the lists crossed off? Ha ha!