Occasionally I come across an item in a charity shop that is just perfect for my home. Something that's exactly what I need, even though I didn't know I was looking for it. Today's item was one of those moments.
This valet stand had a reserved sticker on it when I spotted it, but that didn't stop me! I smiled sweetly to the man in the shop, promised him I'd give it a good home and he agreed if the reserver hadn't come to collect it by the end of the week, it would be mine. Hurrah!
Why did I want/need this stand? Well, my old man has a very long commute to work each day. This means he gets up at the crack of dawn - in fact now that summer is over, he's getting up before daybreak.
After waking sleeping beauty (that's me) one too many times by stumbling around in the dark, scrabbling through drawers trying to locate socks and pants, or worse, plunging me into blinding brightness by flinging on the light, he agreed there must be another way. My early morning snarling of expletives as he rootled through his box looking for a matching cufflink was having a devastating effect on my sleep quota.
So, he started to prepare his garments the night before. Meticulously getting out everything he needed for the following day before going to bed.
'Good boy' you're thinking. Well, as you know, my long-suffering fella can't do right for doing wrong. No. The landing was forever cluttered with suits hanging off door handles, or my pet hate - suspended from the picture rail. Ties were flung over the banisters. Enormous shoes lay in wait silently for unsuspecting night-time pee'ers to break their toes on.
My latest purchase solves all these niggles. Now he has somewhere to lay out his collar stiffeners (seriously, does anyone else in the world still wear these?); cufflinks; watch and all his work garb.
And my lie-ins can continue undisturbed.
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