One of the secrets to keeping a well-organized home is to have everything in its proper place, right? No stray object and no accumulated junk. I’m not much of a housekeeper but I know enough to realize that the slow accumulation of junk is the fastest way to put your house in a topsy-turvy situation. One thing about house design in the Philippines is the lack of ample storage. Attics and basements are not among the features of basic house designs. In a way, it is a good thing too because you’re obliged to get rid of things you don’t really need. Bought a new living room set? Then, go and sell the old one. That kind of thing.
Organization does not only apply to large pieces of furniture, appliances and equipment. It applies to little things as well. Like spools of thread and needles which are best kept in a sewing kit. Pencils, pens, paper clips and other writing paraphernalia belong in a desk organizer. Books belong on bookshelves. Even arts and crafts supplies ought to be stored separately. Sam and Alex used to dabble in beadwork and look how we organized their beads for making earrings and bracelets.
Common household tools like hammers, screwdrivers, pliers and the like should have a proper place too — often in a toolbox. And when someone mentions the word “toolbox,” the image that often comes to mind is something heavy that properly belongs in a tool shed or the garage. For some reason, the word is associated with masculine activities whether in the context of hobbies or chores.
Speedy has an assortment of toolboxes. I think he has one in each car and some are in the house. He has them in different sizes and the contents vary. Go read an older post about how much of a collector he is to better understand. But we had a deal when we moved to this house. We agreed that if he wanted to keep his interminable collections, he would at least keep them out of my sight. Simply put, my idea of a relaxing home does not include nuts, bolts and rolls of cable among the decor.
Of course, it wasn’t meant to deprive him of his thing for his collections. I have my computer and photo equipment, Sam has hers with too many DVDs to boot, Alex has her art supplies, the girls and I keep separate book collections, and Speedy has his own kind of collections. There are cupboards under the stairs, they were meant to serve as a pantry, but even before we moved here, Speedy already announced that all the cupboards were his. Did I object? No, I did not. If it meant keeping his collections invisible, I could keep all the kitchen and pantry stuff in the kitchen cabinets and under the kitchen island. And I did. I still do. I figured we could have a proper tool shed built later on where he could tinker with his collections to his heart’s content.
A few days ago, Speedy brought home another toolbox. Plastic with a partitioned compartment on top. It didn’t look heavy-duty so I figured he did not intend to store any heavy stuff in it. When I found out how he intended to use it, I raised no objections when he kept his new toolbox by the bed. If I simply told you how he uses it, you probably won’t believe me. So, I took photos.
That’s Speedy’s new toolbox.
That’s the partitioned compartment on top — all still empty at this point. But deep inside the toolbox?
He keeps an assortment of biscuits. Now you understand why I don’t mind having the toolbox next to the bed.