“May I help you find something?” the saleslady asked.
“Yes, do you have any Lazy Susans?” It was my first time in a long time shopping at Bed, Bath and Beyond. I had been to this store a very long time ago and decided that I should stay away from it then because I thought it was expensive and frivolous. That was back when I was a stay-at-home mom. Now I am practically an empty nester.
“I think we have some over here.” I followed her over to all the kitchen gadgets. “What will you be using it for?”
“To organize vitamins and aspirin in my cupboard,” I said. I thought back to the day when my daughter, Katie, told me that I should really organize “that cupboard.” I felt like I looked at her funny when she told me that because she is not always so very organized.
“They are called turntables now,” the saleslady told me with a swift turn of her head as she looked back at me.
“Oh.” I was happy she told me this because I didn’t want to go around saying Lazy Susan all the time if I wasn’t using a popular term and not being up-to-date. Some Susan somewhere must have started a movement against derogatory name calling on behalf of herself and her fellow Susans. Obviously, I didn’t hear about the revolution.
“I ask because we have several types of turntables. I think this one here will best suit your needs. The other types of turntables that we have are wooden and very large.”
The plastic turntables were stacked on a shelf and came in two different sizes. There was a larger single-shelf turntable and a smaller one with two shelves. I wondered out loud if there was a larger double-shelf turntable.
“I will go check our stockroom,” she said. I hadn’t seen such great customer service for a while and I was definitely impressed.
I wandered over to the wall that contained all sorts of utensils. My friend, April, told me about her pineapple corer, and I found one and put it my basket. A bright yellow banana saver screamed “Buy me, buy me.” I don’t know how I managed to live without these items for so long!
“I couldn’t find the larger type with two shelves,” the friendly lady reported back to me.
“Thank you for looking. I think the smaller one will work just fine.”
I found a nice cotton blanket on clearance and headed for the cash register. The cashier greeted me as if we were long-lost friends! While heading for the exit, I spied a wire shelving unit that looked like it would fit under the bathroom sink and help us find things easily. I knew I would be back soon.
When I got home, I piled up old medications in a bag to toss at the local pharmacy and found a new home for my
Lazy Susan turntable. Every morning I turn the table and easily find my daily vitamin and fish oil that will hopefully help me remember to say turntable, not Lazy Susan.
The next week when I was in the checkout line at Marshall’s, sitting there, just for me, was a double-shelf turntable. I picked it up and bought it with my new socks. The moment I got home, I organized the shelf that holds the peanut butters, oils, vinegars and honey.
Since the two youngest kids left for college, I’ve been doing a lot of cleaning. This is good because when you clean you might find your kid’s old forgotten bag of Halloween candy sticking to a shelf and wonder how long it’s been sticking there! You also might forget about wondering why your kid is not always so organized.
Empty nesters still nest, but I didn’t think I’d be emptying the house this way!
I know all about organizing — or trying to!
I used to be super organized! Trying to get back to that…
loved your post! Very descriptive and peaceful to read, keep posting, I’m glad to follow your blog It is always entertaining
Thank you so much! I’m glad to read your blog as well.
I still call them Lazy Susans! In fact, I just bought a couple of them two years ago when we remodeled our kitchen.
Bed, Bath and Beyond is one of my favorite stores, but it’s a dangerous place for me to shop. As you quickly learned, there always seems to be so much there that I didn’t know I needed but now can’t live without!
A turntable? Really? I have not heard that term other than for something you play records on (I still call them Lazy Susans, guess I better change that.) By the way, I love our pineapple corer and I can not imagine cutting a pineapple without it. 🙂
I’m with you on Bed Bath and Beyond…and I can never remember those damn coupons!
That lady fed you a line of bunk! They’re called lazy (insert your name)’s. Mine is a lazy Jodi. I’m an empty nester but haven’t yet started emptying my nest. 🙂 I need to find some time, can you help me find some time? LOL
You are busy enough already! I don’t know how you are going to find more time!