Things to Have in Every Room

It may sound counter-intuitive, but sometimes the cure for clutter is having multiples of certain things.

Take, for example, a pair of scissors.   How often have you gone into another room to get the scissors, brought them back to where you needed them, used them, and then neglected to return them to their usual place?   Days later, you go to get the scissors and they are aren’t where you expect them to be, resulting in lost time to search for them,  and frustration as you rack your brain figuring out when you used them last.

Another example is a wastebasket.   You may be ready to throw something away but can’t do it because the wastebasket is in another room, so the trash sits in a pile.  The result: clutter.

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Remembering to Remember

How many absent-minded professors does it take to change a light bulb?

I thought of this variation on an old joke when my husband — who is, indeed, an absent-minded professor — told me a story about his adventure with a rented car.  He was out of town attending an off-site meeting, to which he had driven two other faculty members.   All three live in Manhattan and none of them own a car, so my husband had rented a Zipcar for the occasion.

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