For 2 weeks now I have been moving a pile of crap from the table to the chair and from the chair back to the table depending on the circumstances. Things get added. Things get taken away. But it remains a sizeable pile of crap.
Some of it is important. Passport forms and bank statements, minor bills and receipts that need to be kept. But a lot of it is junk. It always is.
No matter how often I clear off the windowsills, the coffee table and the top of the high press in the kitchen, the resulting pile mostly ends up in the bin.
But the thing that really annoys me is where does it all come from? Why does it not go straight to the bin? Or to where it belongs?
As I write, I have noticed that the one kitchen windowsill that I have been trying to keep clear of things that don’t belong there is now home to
– 9 62 cent stamps,
– a €4 roll of 10 cent pieces,
– a few coupons for yogurt,
– two ramekins,
– an egg cup (why? we haven’t eaten boiled eggs in at least three months!),
– a broken ceramic caterpillar,
– a broken stick of chalk,
– a mixing bowl full of acorns and chestnuts.
Alongside all of that is a vanilla-scented candle, a small jar of homemade pot pourri, a candlestick and a box of tissues – all there on purpose in a futile attempt to deter litter leavers.
Is your house like mine with various gathering spots for stuff that should be somewhere else? Who are the main culprits? Does anyone have the perfect solution to this? I’d love to know.