Intention vs. afterthought

by jenny on 23 May 2012 - 10:07pm

Ever had a thought something along the lines of “yes, I know that looks sloppy, but I USE that!”?

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So have I. I’m beginning to understand the secret weapon against such foes: intention.

When something looks like it was stuck there as an afterthought, it’s deemed “sloppy” or “messy”.

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On the contrary, when something looks like it was intentionally put there and some thought went into its placement, suddenly it’s “clever” — “ingenious,” even.

I experienced this conceptual transformation with my entryway (yes, someday I’ll post the in-progress pics of that).

So here’s my shower before.

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Enter the command-adhesive hook. I don’t know whether these are recommended for wet areas, but it’s holding up well so far. I figure if it doesn’t work out long-term, I’ll purchase some silicone adhesive like the kind that came with my dispenser. More on the dispenser momentarily.

I cleaned the area well with rubbing alcohol to remove the soap scum and let it dry before sticking on the hook.

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Bonus points if you had any suspicion that this is the very same hook on which my purses used to hang. It is indeed.

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Voila! Suddenly, things look “in place” — “chic,” even. Sometimes the small things make all the difference.

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Speaking of small things. My dispenser. I cannot recommend it highly enough. It’s such a welcome alternative to the clutter of plastic bottles in the shower.

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I previously owned the three chamber dispenser which lasted about 8 years before biting the dust. Fair warning: I did need to replace the pump mechanism about every 2 years on the conditioner only (the other two original pumps lasted the duration). I guess pumping thick liquid wears it out a bit… but the replacement pumps are cheap and it’s still oh-so-worth-it. After living shower-clutter-free for so long, it actually pained me to place bottles of shampoo and conditioner in there while I waited for my new dispenser to arrive.

In the end it was a good thing, though… recently I’ve discovered that I prefer a foaming pump for my soap (you can see it just under my new hook, above) so I wasn’t really using the third chamber anymore. The unexpected demise of my beloved dispenser gave me a chance to pare down to the two chamber dispenser which is even slimmer and easier on the eyes.

Disclaimer: I’ve included links above for some of the products I use and love in case you’re wondering where you can get your own. If you should purchase something via one of the Amazon links, I get 4%. I’m hitting up the dollar store right after this.