When we lived in our house (before our big purge) we had clutter everywhere. Getting it ready to accept visitors or playgroups meant a major cleanup. It meant picking up all the toys in the living room and the play room, vacuuming the floors, and cleaning the bathrooms. It also meant stashing counter top clutter, office clutter, and stowing the blankets that were lumped up on the couches.
Our secret hiding spot for clutter was our wash room and in our office behind the door. We kept the door to the office open when guests visited, but the shelving and the area behind the door wasn’t visible unless you actually entered the space, something most people didn’t do. The wash room door was always closed and there would rarely be a reason for a guest to enter that area. When kids visited we also stashed the breakable toys and toys that tend to break other things, like bats and balls, in the office and closed (and locked) the door.
We often wondered, when visiting someone else’s home, where they stashed their clutter. Sometimes we’d even do a little covert reconnaissance to search it out. Not by actually invading their closed spaces, but by taking quick peeks whenever they opened a door or cabinet. Most people either did really good jobs of hiding their clutter or they didn’t have any clutter to hide. I suspect it was more of the former than the latter.
One neighbor that had recently moved gave away their secret just before we moved. They asked us how long it took us to go through our attic, and mentioned that it took them forever to get all there attic stuff down and moved. For as much clutter as we had before our purge, our attic hadn’t been a hiding/storage spot for us. We pretty much just had holiday and a few memory items up there.
Time to come clean. Where is your secret clutter hiding spot?