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!”?


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”.


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.


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.


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


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


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.


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.