In my household, there are 7 sets of house keys. My husband knows about 4 sets, my au pair knows about 6 sets, and only I know about the 7th set.
Similarly, we have:
- at least one umbrella in each of 3 cars,
- two or three umbrellas in the hall closet,
- one umbrella in my ‘mom drawer’, and
- another umbrella in the wine cupboard.
(The compact umbrella fits nicely on the side of the wine bottles).
In a home with 3 adults and 2 children, why do we need 7 sets of house keys and 8 umbrellas?
There is safety in redundancy, security in redundancy, confidence that even if *everyone else* has failed to put it back where it belongs, I can always lock the house or stay dry in the rain.
There are lots of ways that you can use redundancy to add an extra level of security, whether that means stockpiling Thin Mints, hiding a pair of scissors in your sock drawer, or stashing a copy of the phone list in your glove box.
Just get an extra one of whatever it is that you can’t bear to do without, or whatever it is that no one can ever seems to put away properly, and put it somewhere only you know.
That way, it’s there when you need it.
What systems do you have for making sure that you have safety, a sense of security, and confidence that things will be there when *you* need them?
Is there an “extra” anything hidden away at your house?