Thursday, March 6, 2008

It was too early in the morning to be subjected to this.


Just clicking around the ol' internets, I saw this anthropomorphic laundry hamper. Yeah. It's a fish. I saw it HERE, a site to which the NYTimes linked recently.

Where does everyone out the unsightly stuff? If you have only one bathroom (say in a NY apartment) does everything go in a medicine cabinet? Does the toothbrush stay on the counter? Is the dirty laundry tossed into the closet? Does anyone really buy a tissue box cover and use it? And does anyone really leave one of those in, say, a living room (I think this is very odd...).

Today, let's talk about how we hide the ugly but necessary stuff of daily living.

38 comments:

traylas said...

In my small bedroom, there's no closet space for a hamper, so I just took time to find a bamboo one that I liked to look at -- not easy! -- and it works in the room.

Remotes have been my issue, they never made their way back to a closed box, so I now use a pretty inlaid tray to corral them.

melissa said...

I have a small bathroom which means that the toothbrush must stay out. Though, since it has a 60's tile job the holder is built in. Laundry is stashed at the bottom of the closet in the guest room. Remotes & the bf's video game controllers are stored in the tv cabinet.

An Aesthete's Lament said...

That wicker thing is crazy ... on the other hand, it's the kind of stuff that Lina Zevrudaki made in the 1930s and 1940s for Jean-Michel Frank and Serge Roche ... things I am crazy about ... as for myself, however, I only have a tissue box made of thuya wood, which I'm not fond of at all ... I used to keep my remotes in a lovely box made of brass inlaid with camel bone ... but who knows where that went? the house is such a mess.

The Nerdy Fashionista said...

I've actually abandoned any attempt to hide it. My boyfriend is a musician, and the impossibility of putting away or hiding his keyboard, six guitar cases, four enormous black amps, and miscellaneous other equipment in our one-bedroom apartment has completely sapped me of the desire I would otherwise have to hide our laundry, toothbrushes, etc. There's just no point. Basically our apartment is going to look like an overstuffed storage locker no matter what I do. It's incredibly depressing.

Abbey Goes Design Scouting said...

so funny! I totally struggle with my bathroom -- i feel it is a chaotic mess. SIGH.

Brilliant Asylum said...

I only put the laundry and toothbrush away if company is coming over. Convenience wins out over aesthetics when it comes to the daily grind. Thank God our house has decent closets.

I do use a tissue box cover--a white lacquer Jonathan Adler-esque cube that I inexplicably love.

Anonymous said...

Are toothbrushes that shameful? I keep mine out, but in my bedroom's bathroom, not in a public powder room, so anyone who goes in there probably knows me pretty intimately already, and won't be scandalized by evidence that I have teeth and indeed brush them.

coco+kelley said...

I think I must have the same tissue box as Brilliant... and I love it as well!

My apartment has almost zero storage. To the point where (gasp!) I don't own a single mop, vacuum or broom because I DON'T HAVE A PLACE TO PUT THEM! I borrow the vaccum from my neighbor and I clean the few tiled spaces on my hands and knees like cinde-freakin-rella. Is it too much to ask for a small, full length closet in an apartment? And no, I can't keep them in the already packed closet in my bedroom because that's where I've shoved my clothes, laundry, a small desk, books, files, printer, wrapping paper, tennis racquet... you get the picture.

ps - that fish scares me.

Anonymous said...

I kind of like the bizarre shape of that hamper. I would take off the fish eyes so it would look less obviously animally, and I'd put it in my living room. I live in a 1 bedroom apt. and I don't use a hamper - the small stuff I throw in a laundry bag that hangs on the back of a door, and the larger stuff I fold and stick on a closet shelf until wash day.

Anonymous said...

People know I menstruate, use toilet paper and kleenexes, so I'm not ashamed to have the tools of the trade stashed in the bathroom closet. It's prescription medications I'd rather people not see, so those go in the back of a dresser drawer just in case people are feeling nosy.

Anonymous said...

..if the useless wicker fish was painted white and put in a happy beachy bath setting with a $79 price tag, it would scream PB.

Joanna Goddard said...

that's so funny. i have my toothbrush and everyone out in the open--but i do sometimes splurge on expensive toothpaste, like Marvis, to make the room prettier:)

Decorno said...

Well, for full disclosure, I was having drinks with friends this weekend and one of them made a comment which I took to mean as a strong suggestion that we renovate our upstairs bathroom so that we have a "private" place to keep toiletries, toothbrushes, etc. I am sure they meant no harm, but I also thought, "Come on... people know we brush our teeth... you have to expect to see that when you use our bathroom."

Anonymous said...

I for one am offended when my hosts don't keep their narcotics within easy reach and I have to go hunting all over for them.

Decorno said...

I hate that.

Anonymous said...

If necessary, I compensate by taking jewelry.

Anonymous said...

I do have a tissue box cover thing, a Thomas O'Brien number I got at Target, and it's nice and all, but for the life of me, I can't remember why I thought I needed it. It seems like one of those products that was made to create a need, rather than to satisfy one. I mean come on, are Kleenex boxes that hideous that we must cover them, lest we be offended in our otherwise palatial bathrooms?

mamacita said...

The issue with leaving your toothbrush out is, um, airborne particulates.

Decorno said...

Well, it's not really *out.* The are in a container... but, um, I know what you mean.

Eeew. :)

Christine said...

I have my toothbrush out--I don't find it that aesthetically displeasing.

Anonymous said...

um, let's be realistic. If it came out of us, it was already in us. I'm just sayin'.

PS: People, we cannot live in a Purell world! Our immune systems have got to be exposed to stuff, or we'll be vulnerable to every single solitary microbe that wafts past...

Q.S. said...

For daily life... I can live with a toothbrush. I just make sure I buy a color that I like, or has a cool swirly design. Am I five? Do they make designer toothbrushes, because I would totally be in line to buy one! Other than that, thank goodness I have a large closet in my tiny apartment to hide things in. Also, like Coco+Kelley, I have no place to put a mop or vacuum and must rely on the kindness and tidiness-pity of others. I don't even like to think of the whole "airborne germ" debacle in the bathroom...

mamacita said...

Q.S. -- Paul Smith used to make one that you would like, but I can't find it right now. Sometimes Anthropologie, Restoration Hardware and Waterworks have them, too.

pve design said...

Dreaming of the laundry "shoot" down to the laundry room and an "ugly" shoot to the ugly room.

Or how about the days of the TV being hidden and a remote to make it rise out of the table. TV's have come along way.

My Notting Hill said...

I have one tissue box cover - made of walnut wood. Looks beautiful. Only problem - we never seem to a have a tissue box to put in it. It's on my desk right now - empty.

Anonymous said...

I get the point of your post, but as the Chief Officer of the Grammar Police, it is necessary that I point out that the prefix "anthro-" denotes "human." Thusly, "anthropomorphic" refers to the act of ascribing human characteristics to non-human things.

Maybe remove such meaningless externals as french pedicures and tattoos from your list of Things That Are Wrong, and replace with Use of Bad Grammar by Woefully Judgmental People.

teaorwine said...

If you want a good laugh, I will share with you that I actually had one of these in the early seventies. Tacky wicker was "cute" . It was unlined and I did collect dirty clothes in it. Eventually, after I had my children, it became a toy catch-all. hehehe snort snort

Anonymous said...

5:47 Anon: What you're describing is an error of diction, not grammar. Sorry, you're off the force.

Anonymous said...

PS: There's no such word as "Thusly."

jane said...

pve design---"and an ugly shoot to the ugly room..."

oh how i would love that!

Be the change..... said...

In the bathroom of my VERY small apartment I have EVERYTHING in my medicine cabinet except handsoap hand lotion out on the sink and I do have a tissue box in a pewter cover on the side table beside my sofa. I watch a lot of movies and cry and have allergies!
I just use my washer as the hamper though...
You always have the most interesting posts!!

Anonymous said...

Love you, anonymous with the narcotics post.

Toothbrushes, toothpaste are left out. I'm lucky if I can get the sink clean before guests come.

If people are nosy, they will find in my medicine cabinet that I am a depressed insomniac. They probably know that already.

Anonymous said...

You're my kind of Anonymous, Anonymous.

{this is glamorous} said...

That fish is hilarious! You really do come up with some great topics. I do use a tissue box cover, though--some sleek, ultra-modern stainless steel thing. Great post.

Jules said...

Anon @ 6:18

I {heart} you.

xoxo,
Jules

Anonymous said...

(Heart) you back, J.

--The new grammar sheriff in town

Anonymous said...

The OTHER Anon:

thusly

Main Entry:
thus·ly
Pronunciation:
\-lē\
Function:
adverb
Date:
1865
: in this manner : thus

Elsie said...

Amazing design.!! I would like to have that.. Home Decorators is really a nice place to have such cute stuff.