Putting things away

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One of the most challenging things about moving into a new home is not just how long it takes to unpack, but how long it takes to figure out what goes where — or should go where, anyway — and get it and keep it there.

My kitchen is a jumble, and not because I haven’t tried to organize it, but because the best place to put things only becomes clear over time, as I cook, and unfolds in small bursts of insight. My new office, too: what a mess! But tidying up in haste would almost make things worse, because then I’d just have to take everything out again before I put it back for real.

I should say that I do like the process of thinking it all through. Man, but it does pile up…

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