The first question is: How did I manage to buy such uncomfortable shoes?
The second question is: Seriously, did I try them on someone else's feet or what?
And the third question is for the Tidy among you. It involves towel storage.
I have some photos to accompany this question, and I feel a little nervous because I will be showing you some of My Mess. The problem is that if I label my messiness as Bad, I'm also labeling everyone messy as or messier than me as Bad. Like, you know when a size 8 friend is talking about how very fat she is? And if you're a size 14, you're thinking, "If she thinks SHE'S fat, what must she think of ME?" It's all very well to say she's talking about herself and not other people, but what she's done is drawn her line, and now you know what side of her line you stand on.
People don't always INTEND to draw a line, they may be making a self-deprecating remark to decrease judgment and alleviate self-conscious anxiety. It's just that their self-deprecating remark also deprecates a whole group of other people who fall into their category and GOSH I do think that's something to be avoided.
Where was I? Oh, yes: so this is why I'm NOT going to make any self-consciousness-alleviating remarks about the photos. Even though I am feeling self-conscious about them.
What I need advice on is a Towel System. I used to keep towels on a shelf in the bathroom closet. Which is the perfect place for towels. The problem is, it's also the perfect place for a cat to seek refuge from children. I used to have a Cat Towel that I spread out over the pile of towels for fur-deflection, but then the towel would fall off, or the cat would knock over the pile of towels, or Paul would remove the cat towel to take a towel for himself and would neglect to replace the cat towel afterward. (I'm not criticizing him AT ALL---I'm very grateful he sometimes gets his own towel just as if he were a fully grown adult!)
The other problem is that the shelf is now too small to hold all our towels (SEVEN PEOPLE).
So anyway, here's a photo of the shelf that used to have towels on it. Now it has a towel-lined box for the cat, but the cat knows what's what and never sleeps there anymore. He's waiting for us to put the REAL towels back.
And here is the temporary witness relocation location for the towels: the top shelf of one of the kids' closets. I can't quite reach, so I have to half-fling them up there. And when I take a towel down, other towels come flopping down with it. It is frustrating, but at least the cat can't get up there.
And I don't even KNOW what to do with washcloths and handtowels. Even when I have a good place to keep towels, it frustrates me that washcloths/handtowels don't fold into shapes that fit neatly with folded bathtowels. Flinging them up on the shelf didn't work AT ALL, so now I keep them, um, on top of our bedroom bureau.
So, what to do with the towels? I've tried NOTHIN' and I'm all outta ideas.
The available locations are:
- The shelf in the bathroom closet where they used to live, but with some sort of cat deflection system. Also, that shelf doesn't have room for all our towels (SEVEN PEOPLE), but maybe I could free a second shelf? ( <---totally impossible, please do not listen to rantings of lunatic). Well, soon we'll be able to move some of the towel population down to the second bathroom.
- In the bathroom vanity. This might keep the cat away (though he can pick doors open if he finds out the towels are in there), and also I could put the vanity stuff on the former towel shelf. But how to fold the towels? And I don't think they'd all fit. But again, second bathroom soon.
- On a lower shelf of the kids' closet, with other kid-closet stuff moved to the less-accessible shelf. Then we wouldn't be able to get a fresh towel if the kids were asleep, but that's a relatively minor issue.
- Some other location.
Halp. Tell me how to tidy the towels, and where to do the tidying.