Friday, July 29, 2016

Procrustean Storage

Considerations of storage tend to assume that more is necessary. That may be true for some situations, but I find that fitting inventory to closet is more gratifying than fiddling endlessly with patented storage devices.

In 2016, I can buy or order nearly anything I want or need in minutes. The business rule of 80/20 reminds me that 20% of the stuff does 80% of the work. Limiting inventory allows me to remember what is in stock.

I find that leaving a fifth of cupboard or closet space empty allows the volume to expand and contract as demand materializes. It is elegant to be able to see the entire contents of a space and to be able simply to reach for and grasp an item rather than having to wrestle it free of its context.

Spaces stay cleaner and are easier to maintain when they are not jammed. -30-

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016


Living with a cat taught me to detect the most comfortable spot in the house for any given moment in time. She often allowed me to negotiate who would occupy the sweet spot.

Being aware of the subtleties of temperature and daylight allows one to make the most of any domicile or time of year. Be fussy-it pays off. The same holds true for the garden. -30- More after the jump.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016


This particular character defect can be exploited to good measure. Set deadlines earlier than necessary, and treat them as if they were real. -30-
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Monday, July 25, 2016

Guilty Pleasure

The introduction to Home Comforts, Cheryl Mendelson's encyclopedic guide to housekeeping techniques, describes her unease with the topic. No cognitive slouch, Mendelson researched and wrote the book in secret during the period when her female cohort was marching purposefully toward professional accreditation. 

Every minute I spend listening to a female friend complain about housework erodes the simple joy that setting things to rights brings to daily life. It erodes, too, the mental processes that examine and simplify unavoidable tasks.

Writing this blog lets me point to the site and change the subject. -30-

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