Take a look around your humble abode and you are sure to find a few items that your civilian friends don’t seem to have in every crook and cranny of their homes. A group of our talented Military Spouse contributors put their heads together and came up with a list of all those unique, interesting and sometimes down-right funny things you are sure to find in the home of someone serving our country.
Oh, we know that not everyone has every single item on this list… but chances are if you are a military family long enough, you will find most of these items lurking around. Which items would you add to our list?
35 Things You Are Sure to Find in Every Military Home
35. Tan socks and protein powder.
34. Bedroom furniture in the living room.
33. Black shoe wax and spray starch.
32. Customs forms and flat rate boxes.
31. A countdown poster, paper chain or calendar.
30. Boxes of clothing from a completely different climate– which you don’t dare get rid of because you don’t know where you’ll be stationed next!
29. An unlimited supply of Motrin!
28. Magnets and take out menus from places you no longer live!
27. 23 bottles of shampoo from the last case-lot sale.
26. Baggies full of dammits, pins, patches, ribbons and medals.
25. Canteens and waterproof notebooks.
24. A dish that someone left at the cookout you hosted.
23. Spices or dry goods from six moves ago.
22. Flat, white sheets and a box of paint to make the next homecoming banner.
21. Daddy Dolls.
20. Sports team memorabilia from a team thousands of miles away.
19. Beautiful furniture in the garage. It fit in the house you just left… but won’t fit through these doors.
18. A scattering of “frogs” (pin backs) on every counter — the bathroom, the kitchen, the shelf in the laundry room…
17. Skiing gear in Hawaii and beach toys in Alaska.
16. A driveway full of cars with license plates (and inspection stickers) from three different states.
15. CamelBaks… multiple CamelBaks.
14. White Walls.
13. Little piles of things from pockets. Usually a pen and then odd notes that resemble scratchings from the DaVinci Code.
12. Brand new cleaning supplies because the movers can’t pack them.
11. Those little, black clicky pens.
10. Covers, which no husband can ever seem to find.
9. A few, bad formal gowns.
8. A case of MRE’s in the garage.
7. Tuff boxes full of gear taking up the spot in the garage where the car is supposed to be.
6. Red, yellow or blue stickers (moving stickers) under a few pieces of furniture.
5. Unit and challenge coins.
4. An assortment of alcohol glasses from different balls.
3. An unpacked box that seems to follow you wherever you go.
2. Sets of curtains, not currently being used.
1. Boots, boots…and MORE boots!
Your Facebook additions to our list!
- Lots of Red, White and Blue Clothing
- Wedding pictures involving swords
- Souvenirs from all over the world
- Duffle and Sea Bags
- Two people who are deeply in love with each other, no matter the distance!
- Stacks of love letters from deployment
- An empty chair at the dining table
- Blousing straps, boot bands and rank chevrons
- Outlet adapters and award folders
- Dry cleaning hangers and reflective belts
- An address book (written in pencil) and notes from friends all around the world
- Dogs that have lived in more places than most people!
- Children who are the product of a homecoming
- DOG TAGS
- Cribbage set and cigars
- Sand…even if you’ve never lived at the beach
- Chem lights and gas masks
- Christmas cards from all the over the country… and the world!
Last, but certainly not least…. AN AMERICAN FLAG!!!