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it takes a village. and a box.

By 1/14/2010

this tiny wood box has made me a much happier citizen of my house. baby steps.
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i used to have to look at all of this strewn about on brian meares' nightstand.  (a rock?)
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now it is contained.

sidenote: i have diagnosed that my mother started indoctrinating me with OCD ways early in my childhood. if anything was misplaced, it was JUNK that had been THROWN down. now when brian asks me where anything of his is, i respond with I DIDN'T TOUCH IT! and he says i didn't ask you if you touched it, i asked where it is.

20 comments

  1. stashing is my favorite decorating trick. especially now that I'm married to someone who literally has 20 pocketknives. 20!

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  2. You just described my marriage.

    Me: if it isn't put away in its place, you don't care about it and it is junk. I want to throw it away.

    Him: EVERYTHING IS IMPORTANT AND I NEED IT. I NEED THAT EMPTY GUM BOX AND THOSE BROKEN HEADPHONES. THAT ILLEGIBLE RECIEPT IS OF THE UTMOST IMPORT. WHERE IS ?

    After throwing away many "important things" and getting in trouble, I now put things in trays or boxes. One in the kitchen, living room, office and bedroom. So now my response can be "I didn't throw it away!"

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  3. Ah, yes. We have a tall basket on a low shelf that serves the same wonderful, relationship-saving function. Congratulations on the discovery...

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  4. we have the exact same scene at my house...exactly.

    and seriously what is it with the rocks. my hubby currently has one in his nightstand drawer...along with a slew of empty gum wrappers.

    geesh.

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  5. Wow...this has been my entire life. I am constantly getting blamed for moving the keys, the purses, etc. I swear, it's not (always!) me!!!

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  6. Love the box!!ROFL

    I think its a **male** thing. My 11 yr old son "collects rocks". I just use them as interesting paper weights, and others I've painted (much to his horror). My son also "collects sticks" Grrrr

    ...it's a male thing.

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  7. Did you finish it with a little stain or poly? The one at Target comes unfinished - but yours looks a little richer....is it the lighting?

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  8. I think my husband needs a box...or a trunk.

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  9. I see your rock and raise you a spit cup/bottle. And next time you come over, go into his "room" and look at the dresser. Pretty box tactic FAIL.

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  10. I like the idea of the box by the bed side. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. That is hysterical, and sounds so familiar. My husband steadfastly refuses any bedside table upgrade that does not have a drawer for this very reason. I think a box might be good design vs. functionality business.

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  12. Oh dear! I sound just like your mother :)

    BTW, gave you a little mention on my blog today. One of your store pics is the new inspiration for my home office re-do: http://emilyaclark.blogspot.com/2010/01/my-home-office-plan.html

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  13. Why must four pairs of shoes, six jackets, two hats, and two pairs of gloves reside in the living room at all times? And why must you empty your pockets on the first surface you lay eyes on and then NEVER pick them up? I got a tray for the bedroom, but he puts his change and whatnot NEXT to the tray.

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  14. MUUUUUUSSSSSTTTT GEEEEEETTTT BOX. Must.

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  15. haha! I am afraid I am doing to my daughter too. everything does have a place. poor girl, she's only 4.

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  16. Yeah...you just described my marriage. My husband has an old crystal (rock), a cigar, an eye mask, old mail, etc...on his nightstand. Every time I put anything up, I'm accused of hiding it. So annoying!!! So glad someone else is in my boat.

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  17. Umm, anyone know where I can get a nice box? Actually, I might need a couple. Hubdude has a lot of 'bits and baubles' floating around our oh-so-tiny house! Marriage lesson for year 6: Provide hubdude coolish box to hide his wondrous junk in.

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  18. I have a problem with trash. Hubs leaves little wrappers, napkins, etc. EVERYWHERE! He will even place them on the counter next to a trash bin (which I have purposely placed in every room). What's a girl to do?!

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  19. I regularly 'hide' my husband's wallet in the pocket of his pants in the laundry hamper.

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