I’m all about hiding things. Like my lack of math skills. And the family size bag of M&Ms.  But all of that is for another day (and another sugar coma.)

Still, my love of hiding things usually pays off. Usually. As in, not all the time, but . . .

I’ve had a few dustups with Andy Blackford around this. He likes to leave his stuff “out where I can find it.”

I don’t like that.

At all.

Stacks of papers and piles of keys and chapstick and mail and God knows what else makes me mental. Or, I guess I should say, more mental.

Years ago, I accidentally threw away a big insurance check and he got a little snippy about having to dig through the ginormous trash can outside to find it. In the end, it was the diapers and chicken bones that pushed him over the edge. If he had put the check away – like, in the bank for example – we would have never had this issue.

But if you’re smart about hiding stuff, your house can look clean and organized and people will think that you have your act together, even though you don’t. And you will have more time to eat M&Ms if you aren’t tripping over cords all the time. Here are some ingenious ideas:

 

 

Hide computer cords in some good-looking but inexpensive cardboard boxes.

Hide computer cords in some good-looking but inexpensive cardboard boxes.

 

After you've read War and Peace (aggaaaain) - use it to stash the router.

After you’ve read War and Peace yet AGAIN, use it to stash the router.

 

Tunnel of love...

Tunnel of love.

How does the song go? "You've got to hide your love away" - this is ideal for kids addicted to the iPad - out of sight, out of mind (and hand)

This is ideal for kids addicted to the iPad – out of sight, out of mind.

 

Stick 'em up

Stick ’em up (by the way, I did not write that little caption in the photo.  My office cords are hidden in a leather briefcase on the floor of my office – and by “hidden” I mean “shoved behind.”

fake doors - smart!

Fake doors – like Disney’s Main Street, USA!

now you see them -

Now you see them … then you don’t.

 

now you don't - blackout curtain hides everything...even I could do that.

 

great for a little tyke room

Great for a little tyke’s room – or an asylum – or both!