Well today we listed our house for sale. We've spent the weekend sorting, purging, cleaning, organizing and otherwise getting our place sale ready. We've done this more times than we care to recall over the past fifteen years, but the good news is this could very well be the last move. In other words, the home we are heading to may be the one to which we eventually retire. Anyway, as we were sorting through stuff in our room last evening, we realized that storing the toys could be an issue.
The house we are moving to is about 30% smaller than where we are now and some of our existing furniture will not be going with us. One such piece is a large ottoman that currently stores all our toys and ropes. What little we've gathered or made so far is fairly small or can be dismantled but there are a couple of pieces that by virtue of their length just won't fit into a standard dresser draw. Okay, I know that probably made some of you smile, but it's not what you think, honest....<wink>
The issue for now is where to keep the toys so they are handy, but also quickly tucked away in the event we need to show the house to a prospective buyer. J is suggesting we get a hockey bag which could be tucked into a closet in a pinch. I think that will work with strangers viewing the house; however, if my mother visits in the meantime, she certainly knows that neither of us plays hockey, so I'm wondering how to answer the sort of questions she might ask.
I know this sort of dilemma is common among kinksters who aren't "out" to their entire families. I'm lucky in that my brother and sister are aware of our leanings and are sensible enough to mind their own business if they don't want to know more than that. My mother is in her mid-seventies and I'm not really inclined to talk to her about any of this. I honestly don't know how she would react and I'd rather not cause her unnecessary grief at this stage in her life. This does present a slight dilemma however when she and my step-father visit. We need to keep our toys and ropes securely hidden to avoid provoking unwanted questions. Once we move into the smaller place, the issue will surface again as it will be harder to keep things under wraps.
I know that different folks deal with this issue differently. Some have a separate play space that is locked and off limits to others. Some dismantle their play space before company arrives. Those who share living space with others keep their toys in their bedrooms and rely on items that are easily stored or can hide in plain sight (i.e. pervert-ables like hair brushes used for spanking). I'm wondering how you readers address this issue: do you hide your toys or play space from others, and if so, why and how?
Well it’s time to go soak in some hot water. We've had a busy weekend and I am very much looking forward to my spanking this evening. Must to have clean cheeks before then! Cheers.