The same scenario happens every deployment. My husband leaves town in a rush, leaving his gear strewn all about the house and car. I clean said gear up and put it in a box or garbage bag. I proceed to trip over it and shuffle it around for months until I finally break down and put it away for good. For "safe keeping." Then my husband returns from deployment and we want to spend time hugging and snuggling. And the night before he has to return to work in garrison, we end up cranky with each other because neither of us can remember where his boots, beret, uniforms, reflective belts, etc are. Seven months later, I've forgotten what I stowed away in that bag and where I finally put it "for safe keeping." He can't even remember what kitchen cabinet our glasses are in, much less where his beret would be. And so it's 11 PM and he's digging through boxes in the garage looking for the uniform he needs for the next morning.
They say that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Maybe next time we need a better system for gear storage. But somehow I think we'll probably just replay this scenario again..