In the 80's home builders did some cheap and silly things. They put in soffits, which as far as I can tell, only serves to fill the space between the cabinets and the ceiling.
(We'll discuss the finish on these cabinets later)
They installed the shiniest, brassiest light fixtures they could find.
They also believed in matching the door hardware to the light fixtures.
But the builder did have one shining moment of clarity. A brief moment when he thought, "I bet it would be a good idea to put an outlet in the hallway upstairs."
From this one little outlet (which is right outside our bedroom), I can vacuum the whole second floor. Thank you, Mr. Builder Man for having the sense to realize that an outlet in a hallway does make life easier for this mom, who usually does most of her cleaning with a baby on her hip. This outlet will come in so handy when I get to put up a beautiful lit garland on this staircase.