If you ever have a chair in your home that, for whatever reason, you don’t want anyone sitting in, I have a solution: Just move it to a teen’s bedroom.
It will no longer function as a chair. Instead, it will become the drop zone for clothing – which, I suppose, is better than the floor.
I try not to mention this too much around our house because many years ago, in this exact same house, I did the same thing.
Same bedroom. Different chair.
Mine was a big old white wicker rocker. At the bottom of the stack was Monday’s outfit. On top of Monday’s was Tuesday’s. Once a week or so, I cleaned it all up.
It all changed when I went away to college and became, almost overnight it seemed, quite neat.
While no one actually sits in the molded plastic chair in this upstairs bedroom, this is not the only thing in our house that functions as something other than what it was intended.
Consider, for example, the little knob on the laundry chute door. The first-floor chute drop is located near our back hallway. That little knob is the perfect spot for hanging the dog towel on days he will need his fur dried or his paws wiped.
A railing that runs the length of our upstairs hallway comes in handy for many things. A folded blanket that will eventually be put away in the linen closet. A sweater or jacket that will be grabbed on the way to work or school. And I’m pretty certain that the top of the post at the base of the stairs must have been designed to hang a hoodie.
Similarly, now that it is fall, I keep finding jackets draped on the backs of dining room and kitchen chairs. This does not make me happy. The coat closet is steps away from the dining room. A coat tree is not far from the kitchen table. The thinking from the family members who do this is that the jacket is draped on the back of the chair temporarily.
What I am guilty of, however, is using the shower curtain rod in an upstairs bathroom as a spot for hanging damp or wrinkly clothing on hangers. It simply is easier than walking up and down the basement stairs to the clothesline. Sometimes, articles of clothing, once dry, disappear, but the hangers remain hanging on that shower rod. Hmmm.
Right about this time one would think that a laundry basket might come in handy. Perhaps, but I tend to use a laundry basket for things other than laundry. Seasonal items that need to be carried down to the basement for storage. Books to be donated. Items that need to be scooped up and stashed away when company is expected.
Oh, and if we are short a chair once guests arrive, I know of one in an upstairs bedroom that might just work. If only I can find it.