Thursday, June 28, 2012

Refrigerator inventory

A soon-to-be-published book on material culture and American households suggests a possible correlation between the number of magnets on a refrigerator and the amount of stuff in a household.

I of course had to inventory the two available surfaces of our refrigerator. The results:

What’s startling: this number correlates exactly with the amount of stuff in our household.

Taking a refrigerator inventory might be more difficult than it would seem: so many items remain invisible, even when you’re looking right at them, or at least when I am.

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Daughter Number Three said...

I suspect this would be true of my family as well. Currently, though, we have only a few magnets because we renovated the kitchen last year and haven't returned to our old habits yet.

It's partially reflective of our reality: We cleared out a lot of stuff before the renovation started. It's building back up despite our best intentions.