Monday, May 9, 2016

The Payload

A young friend chuckled as he told me about a careful inquiry to his domestic partner. They had been sharing quarters for a couple of years before he asked about the dresser that dominated one wall of their bedroom. It was a faux-Mediterranean piece from the Seventies. He was delighted to learn that his partner loved it as little as he. She had found it on the sidewalk when she had little else in the apartment.

My friend said they unloaded the thing and realized that the proportion of cubic inches of working storage to exterior dimension was ridiculously small. They replaced it with a unit from the Great Big International Chain. 

The story reminded me of past thoughts about dressers, child safety, and clothing storage. Concerns about children being hurt while climbing on dressers have led to advisories about fastening them to the wall. I have a modest counter-proposal: replace the dresser with a storage unit that has a bulk-to-content ratio of nearly one to one. It is far less expensive than any dresser, stores empty in the space of a thick magazine, can be set filled into a suitcase, and requires zero maintenance. 

The miracle in question is a hanging shoe bag made of nylon pack cloth. I have used nothing else for decades. A small table serves at the bedside, for eating, and for folding clothing. Secure vulnerable garments from moth by storing them in a trunk (with suitable child safety for the lid) or zippered bag.

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