I don't know why, I can't explain it but there are some things that just tend to work for everyone else that just don't work for us and I don't know why!
For example, place mats....such a simple concept, right? But no, the fabric ones don't stay clean long enough to even warrant putting on the table. So you would think the plastic ones would be a logical solution, right? WRONG! Somehow spills manage to hide underneath them and "glue" the place mat to the table. Table cloths and table runners don't work either because we can't seem to keep them in place.
Sofa pillows and throws won't work in our house either. The pillows are ALWAYS knocked to the floor and the throws are NEVER put on the back of the sofa--they're left as a heaping mess exactly where the pillows should be--if they weren't on the floor.
Bathroom hampers go unused because it's just so much more convenient to leave your clothes on the floor and don't even get me started on the myriad of kitchen trash cans I've employed in an attempt to prevent the trash from over flowing or prompting someone to think "Gee, maybe I should empty this can now."
Somehow our family just doesn't work that way.....