One person’s clutter is another person’s treasure. As a professional organizer, I’ve seen a wide variety of belongings, and learned a lot along the way! Every now and then I’ll come across an object that I can’t identify. Is it trash? A broken part? A valuable tool? A family heirloom?
Whenever I work with clients, my philosophy is “The client makes the decisions.” I can give an opinion, but because I have limited knowledge, I never decide (I also never make you throw anything away!!) Over the years, I’ve gotten better at identifying objects, and learned some tricks for “following the breadcrumbs” for anything which the client and I can’t figure out. I’ve enjoyed getting to know more about the wide variety of interests, activities, tools and supplies that are part of our complex world.
Just for laughs, I thought I’d put together a little quiz you can take to test your Clutter IQ. See if you can identity some of the objects I’ve found. Answers are at the bottom, so don’t skip ahead. [Hint: all of them serve a useful purpose]
THE CLUTTER IQ QUIZ
What is this??
Well, did you know what they were? Want to find out?
Check yourself against these answers …
- A rubber cover for the metal edge of a bed frame – to cover the metal so it isn’t sharp.
- A capo – it is a tool that clamps onto the neck of a guitar to change the key
- A bracelet helper – you use the clamp on the end to hold the clasp open when trying to put a bracelet on.
- Scissors sharpener – you put the two edges of the scissors in the slots and close while drawing the scissors out. It really works!
- Drawer rail guide – it sits in the bottom of a chest underneath the drawer and the rail slides into the center part.
- Wine charm – you put them around the stem of a wine glass to identify whose glass is whose at a party.
- Finial – to screw into the top of a lamp for a decorative finish to the shade.
- Reusable “hand warmer” – has a snap-start mechanism that warms this little hand for 30 minutes.
- Portable phone charger – battery powered charger for a smartphone.
- Onion Goggles – wear them when cutting onions to prevent tears.
- Music Book Holder – clips pages of a piano or other music book open so it won’t close when playing.
- Garlic Dish – small dish with serrated bottom on which you shred garlic before adding olive oil and herbs for dipping bread.
- Rubber worm – for use as bait in fishing.
- Universal adapter – use to adjust electrical current for US appliances when traveling throughout Europe.
- Mini bright light – push the button on the bottom to light each of the tiny bulbs and hang to light any dark spot – it is about 3 inches square and is very bright!
- Cutting pot – small rubber container with special lid to hold a plant cutting that you wish to root so that it may be planted into a garden or pot.
- Backgammon playing piece.
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So what does your score mean? Nothing – this was just for giggles! (But it is fun to learn about new useful little items.)
Have you ever come across a possession you couldn’t identify in your home?