Sunday, May 2, 2010

Google House--An Invention in Waiting

by Leann

Right now, as this appears on the Internet, I am not at home in Friendswood, Texas, I am in a hotel outside Washington DC and it's the final day of the Malice Domestic Convention. I cannot, however, tell you who won the Agathas, or better yet, who won the Button Contest a few of us put together (okay, I offered buttons, other brilliant minds did the heavy lifting) or even if I am too exhausted to walk. That's because it's really Monday, April 26th as I write this. I am NOT READY to leave and I thought of something over the weekend that would help us all.

I say, how about "Google House?" You know, a search engine for everything inside your abode that you cannot find? The things that were right where you left them yesterday and have somehow disappeared into the ether. Why is it, when you must be at the airport at a certain time--no deadline extension there--that you cannot find your stuff? Okay, my house is a wreck, but I know where my stuff is--usually.

But it's that purse you only bring out once a year, the shoes that kill your feet that you banished to the far reaches of your closet (or so you thought) and those black pants. Where in the heck are those black pants hiding? So, I have decided that some brilliant person needs to create a device that barcodes your stuff--an invisible barcode, of course--and then when you cannot find something, you bring it up on this device, hit send and you receive a message as to just where that darn purse is hiding.

I know. I write fiction and this is ridiculous. But it did remind me that I have way too much stuff. Last year, I took a tip from a professional organizer that I saw on TV. He suggested that you reverse the hangers on the clothing in your closet--so the hanger hook is in the wrong direction. As you wear and then wash something in the next year, you may then hang this item up correctly. Once the year is up, everything in your closet that is still hanging in the wrong direction needs to go. I checked my hangers today as I was frantically searching for that once-a-year handbag.

Let me say this: The Salvation Army is getting a lot of nice stuff after I return from Malice.

How about you? Could you use my invention "Google House?"

12 comments:

Lindy said...

Don't worry, Google House will be an application on your I-Phone soon. All you have to do is think it and voila, it appears. Have a wonderful time at "Malice."

Andrea C. said...

It's not so much that I don't know where my clothes and accessories are, but that I have too much stuff. If I had a dollar for every item of clothing or accessory I have only worn once...well, I could give it all away and get new wardrobe! LOL

Mason Canyon said...

Oh, please sign me up for Google House. I can never find anything that I put down 10 minutes ago.

Hope you're having a great time at Malice.

Mason
Thoughts in Progress

Vicki said...

Great invention...love it! Put me down for one. Hope you enjoyed your time at Malice.

Leann Sweeney said...

I am tired but still standing! My panel is in about 40 minutes. I have no idea what I will talk about, but I found that pink shirt I wanted to wear, so all is good!

Helen Kiker said...

My house needs Google House and needs it now so please see if you can find someone to work on that invention.

Helen Kiker

Lover of Books said...

I could so use that. lol I need to go through my clothes again. :)

Valerie Consoer said...

I totally agree with the Google House idea. A barcode should be downloaded into a handheld device that you can keep with you at all times. Although, what if you lost the handheld device. Maybe we should mount it to the wall in our bedrooms. Or maybe even have a radar that checks the house at all times for misplaced items. I think you may be onto something!

Jan said...

Love it! Can it be a widget on iGoogle or part of Google's Chrome? (both of which I already use)

misterreereeder said...

I know there is a phrase but cannot for the life of me think of how it goes. It involves "invention" and "mother of necessity". I think the google app is definitely on the horizon.

Livia J (Washburn) Reasoner said...

Our house could definitely use this. My youngest recently move back in with a lot of furniture, so our house is a chaos until she gets her house built. I moved my 12X15 office into a 6X8 room. I can't find anything right now.

Leann Sweeney said...

Livia, what a challenge. Once I move things, it's over. It's like someone performed a magic trick that made things disappear.