Why Are These Things in My House?!

Fall isn’t in the air. It’s here. The ground has more leaves than than the trees, we gained our extra autumn hour last weekend, and I’m wearing my fluffy PJ socks to bed again. It’s the time of year when our hearts turn more thankful and our tummies think about roast turkey.

And for those of us who skipped spring cleaning this year, fall cleaning might be on the pre-holiday agenda. I once heard a good tip for cleaning out your closet. Hang all your hangers backward. When you wear an item of clothing and return it to the closet, turn the hanger the correct way. After a year, the hangers that are still backward hold clothing you no longer wear, so box up those items and donate them. Sounds like a handy idea, but I wouldn’t know. I’ve never done it. I don’t think I’ve ever done a fall cleaning either.

BUT…if I were to do an autumn purge, there are a few items in my home that make me wonder, “Why do we have this?” Because my family certainly doesn’t use them. I bet you have some items like these, too.

7 Things We Apparently Don’t Need in My House

#7  CHIP BAG CLIPS: Crunchy chips are overrated, according to my family. They prefer chip bags to gape open–overnight. 

#6  TOILET PAPER HOLDER: Rather than place toilet paper on the holder, my girls enjoy the challenge of balancing the toilet paper roll “just so” on top of the holder, leaning slightly back against the wall, so it doesn’t fall forward and end up in the toilet (which never happens).

#5  TOWEL RACKS:  If my child hangs a towel on a rack, it might dry and not create that musty wet-towel-on-bedroom-carpet smell..which she can make even more potent by lumping a lot of wet towels together. (You know…the towel for her hair, the towel for her body, the other towel for I don’t know what. How many towels does one person need?)

#4  BATHROOM TRASHCAN: In my house the bathroom trashcan isn’t really for holding trash. It’s for aiming and tossing, and if you miss, that’s okay. Enough Q-tips and tissues and dental floss on the floor will eventually form a decorative wreath around the can.

#3  CABINET DOORS: I only have the opening kind of cabinets in my kitchen, not the closing kind. Did you know they made cabinets like that? Me either. I think my family is trying to make it easier for me to select my coffee cup in the morning.

#2  THE “OFF” BUTTON ON THE TV REMOTE:  ESPN blares through my house in stereo…from the TV in the bedroom and the one in the living room and the little one on the kitchen counter all at the same time. 

#1  LIGHT SWITCHES:  If we can’t turn off a TV, you know we can’t turn off an overhead light, or a lamp, or a porch light. We enjoy increasing the value of AmerenUE stock. My family is charitable like that. 

I guess I’ll pass on fall cleaning again this year and stick to light dusting and decluttering as I prepare for holiday company. With Thanksgiving a little more than two weeks away, I should get started now. I don’t want to end up like Gayle in the video. This cracks me up…because a few years back, when company was coming, this was me! A lot of unpleasant changes come with middle age, but one of the good ones is no longer caring about my house this much! ENJOY!

Do you have items in your home like me, items your family doesn’t know how to use? How about fall cleaning tips, got any? Did you see yourself in the video and LOL? (I hope you enjoyed a light-hearted post this week…a little change of pace).


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  1. Glenna says:

    I turn my hangers in the spring and fall. It makes me more aware that I wear the same things over and over! So I make an effort to try to wear the other stuff that usually gets ignored or I have to get rid of it! Also, I’ve been on the kick lately of getting rid of 15 things a week, either by pitching or giving away. That has really helped get rid of stuff I don’t need. Norman keeps saying that he can’t sit still too long or he might be one of the 15 things I get rid of for the week! I think I will keep him around though!

    • Karen says:

      Fifteen things a week! That’s impressive! Doesn’t it feel so good to get rid of the clutter? (Funny Norman!)

  2. Kim says:

    Love #5!

  3. Sandy says:

    Love it! This isso very true.

  4. Lois Orr says:

    Fall cleaning/spring cleaning is on my to do list of when I retire! LOL Thanks for the video – Wow!! I think Gayle needs some essential oils! LOL

    • Karen says:

      I’m getting in on your fall/spring cleaning plan! 🙂 Yes, Gayle seriously needs some oils! That video cracks me up!

  5. Mickey says:

    I helped my mom clean out my grandparents house after they passed away. I also cleaned out my husbands aunt and uncle house after they passed away. I promised my children i would never be a hoarder like them. If I don’t use it in a year, it’s gone.
    I think the pet peeves you mentioned must be universal.

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