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Here’s The Scoop … Day 6 In Chicago… Stuff …

STUFF FOR YOUR STUFF ….

Dear Readers … As George Carlin said “Actually this is just a place for my stuff, ya know? That’s all, a little place for my stuff. That’s all I want, that’s all you need in life, is a little place for your stuff, ya know?”…and for the past 2 days I have been purchasing …and moving my stuff into the stuff I purchased…because stuff needs to be in stuff or you can’t find it when when you need your stuff! …

I love hardware stores…especially the old ones like Ace…Not only does this too bring back memories BHD (Before Home Depot) but I like smaller businesses where the employees are more engaged with the customers and I enjoy seeing what their buyers buy to stock them..It’s the Mack Groves experience on a smaller scale …(LBTS Readers can relate)…

Yesterday I hit the jackpot at my local Ace located a few blocks away…From the moment I walked in with the woman at the register who was extremely helpful from beginning to end as I filled up my cart with all the stuff I needed for my stuff and a few extra necessities …such as locks with keys for the storage units rented out that morning…(for the stuff I need occasionally and lack of closets)…and 2 new shower heads…that are actually made in America….(the salesman told me)… I made my way from aisle to aisle and found containers…stands… both small and large organizational items …as I admired the buyer’s taste…I ended up with pretty much everything on my list …No kitchen sink…but a Umbro stainless steel kitchen clock  …again their buyer did well and so did I…Also on the list, I “enlisted” in city life and the lack of a car … I joined the area women who dress in black  (it’s a Chicago/New York thing)…in now pushing a newly purchased cart.. black (what else)…heavy duty.. made in America and already assembled!… We can nod at each other as we pass with our stuff…as the “sisterhood” of neighborhood cart pushers…The Chief Blogger is going “green”!… Nahhhh…..(inside joke)….

Paid for, wrapped and gingerly packed in my new cart I headed home…to find nothing broke…better yet it all worked as intended … (no returns!)…I am happy to report my stuff is now sitting pretty in the stuff I bought hold it… Check them off THE list…

Today,  was the appointment with one of the building’s maintenance men to further organize stuff…the stuff I could no do myself…(lack of tools, one thing I did forget to purchase…It wasn’t on THAT list)….He  caulked the newly purchased tub deflectors… I forgot that combo shower/tubs with regular shower curtains do not contain the water … Did you know they now make “hookless” shower curtains?…Two thumbs up!……He also attached the  “Clutter Busters” …a 4 tiered towel rack with a hook that attaches to the bathroom door hinges…(For some reason this building chose bathroom towel racks that are in the wrong place and those plastic door hooks that do not actually have a hook at all but have a slippery modern piece of round plastic)…The shower heads were switched out and the kitchen clock was hung…They will be called back for another round…I still have more stuff coming…

For this writer, the kitchen is a place to hold the diet coke..the microwave…the coffeepot… the dishwasher…and the carry-out menus…When I was getting married my mother-in law threw me a recipe bridal shower (she obviously didn’t know me very well) and my very astute aunt who was in the same mind-frame as this writer when it came to kitchens…came armed with delivery menus and a can opener!… My mother was a fabulous cook and my “out” to my daughters over their mother’s lack of culinary skills …”It skips a generation”…recounting my grandmother was also not into cooking!…(Didn’t tell them about her longtime cook though!)…After a move to one house in our married life…my husband observed my plans to purchase new kitchen appliances he suggested “cardboard cutouts”…Hmmm…He may have had a point!.. But, we all know even a non-used kitchen needs shelving space for items that always seem to tall for standard placed shelving…thus the dreaded removal and replacing of shelves with the predictable hangups of getting them out without scratching them or you and the replacement of putting them back in without getting them stuck or crooked… no matter how many tries unassisted… it’s not pretty and the language is certainly not PG rated…Why is always the last one that is the most troublesome…especially when you have finally found that rhythm to the process somewhere between shelf 3 and shelf 4……It’s like looking for your keys…They’re always in the last place you look…(another insider joke)…

Satisfaction is short-lived as this list has gone quickly into the shredder…It is quickly replaced with a new list…for yet another foray to find stuff for the stuff still unstuffed…including finding one to hold the lists!….

more to come…

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