Have you ever noticed how some things just tend to multiply without any effort on your part? I remember the first time I bought a mug. David and I were just married, living in a tiny efficiency suite at his officer training. The kitchen was smaller than our current guest bathroom and consisted of a microwave, a small fridge, and a tiny sink. I think we may have bought it so I could drink my coffee in a mug, or maybe for microwaving water.
I've bought very few mugs since then--maybe just the ones that came with our dish set. And yet, my mug cupboard is overflowing, despite my recent purge on behalf of my sister. I doubt I will ever buy another mug in my life, and I'm confident I will have to do more purges to keep them under control.
I have also bought hangers once in my life, and through various events and circumstances, I now have hundreds of them. When salespeople ask if I want the hanger, I politely say no thank you.
Pens and hair-things, on the other hand, must have specific black holes that follow them around and swallow them up. I don't even want to consider how many I've bought in my life, and how many more I will need to purchase. My hair-things tend to hang around for longer periods now, but Katie's take on a life of their own and must wander off to foreign lands. At least pens have the excuse of sometimes running out of ink, but I know I have lost more than I've used up.
What tends to multiply or disappear in your house?