2011年1月25日火曜日

Cleaning and tidying as a matter of perception

This one is for GW. She wrote a post all about cleanliness and laziness and men who just dump stuff about the house, even right next to the washing basket rather than in it.

K is definitely not that person. In fact I'd say he'sthe more Martha channelling one of the two of us. But we have different ideas when it comes to what the ideal storage situation is.

So here's a case study- you be the judge.

Problem- we have five bags of various grains (rice, wheat and rye), three crates of apple juice and three boxes of apples to store somewhere. Me? I had them all (admittedly higgledy piggledy) stored under the stairs. Under the stairs could definitely look better- dull disclosure here it is:


Obviously not retouched on photoshop or pre-styled, huh? No, it's not pretty but if it's better sorted and it's all food stuffs then surely it looks like a larder rather than a mess? K doesn't like the under-the-stair storage solution. At all. Not buying the whole larder idea at all. So while the girls and I were in Fukushima he sorted out some stuff. (Yup, he's the kind of guy who has three days to himself and decides to clean the house....) His new system?


That's the corner of the guest room. The room that looks all nice with it's bed and couch and coffee table. True, we don't use it on a daily basis, true, it's not visible from the front door like under the stairs but really? Guest room/ larder?

We are still locked in negotiations as to a permanent resolution. I insisted the boxes of apples move to the genkan as the possibility of a rotting apple + carpeted room worries me. My ideal solution is to completely wall in the under stair space and have a mini larder there. It's right outside the kitchen door, cool, no direct sunlight- perfect, right? K likes the staircase as is. It's built to be quite showy in a certain style and I guess he thinks if we change it up it will look odd.

And that's why the poor grain bags are such nomads. I'm cleaning up the guest room this week and will have to move the bags to vacuum. If I'm moving them anyway.....

4 件のコメント:

Little Matt さんのコメント...

Another solution which might be a compromise would be to hang a curtain on the stair beams which would hide the "carefully sorted" mess and yet not really detract from the style of the stairs.

Xana さんのコメント...

We are exactly the same! Dh likes extra food neatly arranged and placed, in boxes on the kitchen floor! And he likes to buy things onsale. We havemountains of toilet paper and oj at the moment, at least a years supply of each, neatly stacked inthe engawa and tokonoma (but where will they go next week when the hinasama come out?). Neat stacks ofsupplies EVERYWHERE!
This makes me crazy, I don't if they are a bit messy, as long as they are out of sight, or at least contained to one designated area. Of course, part of the problem is that we have no good designated "larder" area, especially in the summer, except the embarassingly chock-a-block genkan andthe kitchen floor.

gaijinwife さんのコメント...

Why don't you put a door on the space under the stairs and then you can store anything you want as messily as you want!! Can't be having bags of rice in the spare room - you never know when I'll need a place to run away to :)

thefukases さんのコメント...

Little Matt (does that make me tiny Heather?) and GW- of course the obvious solution is to put a door there but apparently that affronts K's delicate design sensibilities as well...

And Xana- I hear you! K buys laundry detergent by the carton. Even with four of us we don't really need three months worth of laundry powder stocked in the bathroom now do we?

How good would it be if we all had larders, hey?

GW- I'll just put one of the rice cookers in there and you can have brekkie in bed!