Monday, July 31, 2006

On being clean

First, I'm dishing out advice with Kathryn again on First Date DC so be sure to check it out.

In other news, I am the most organized I've ever been in my entire life. Yeah, I'm not kidding. This past weekend as I nursed a summer cold, I cleaned my apartment, which led to donating four bags of clothes (some of them from when I was a freshman in high school) and doing all, ALL my laundry. And, while this wasn't exactly my ideal "wild weekend," it does feel nice to have my shit together.

Not to get to pedestrian on you, but I often wonder what it is that makes people like me as messy as we are. I justify it by saying that I only have so much time in a day, and I'd rather not spend any of it cleaning, ever. I am always amazed at people who enjoy cleaning and being organized. In fact, I actually pay someone to come clean my apartment every two weeks. Most of her time is spent hanging up my clothes, if that gives you an indication of how little I pick up.

And, while I have a really nice "my life is together" feeling, I am skeptical that it will really change my behavior that much.


Blogger KassyK said...

Good for you!! I am one of those neat freaks. I love to organize. I also HATE to clean clean though in terms of bathroom/kitchen etc. but I love to make my aptmt look nice and neat and all tidy. Yep-I'm 75 and proud. :-)

11:22 AM  
Blogger Sandra Dee said...

I love having a clean home. I always worry about having people over when it's not tidy at my place.

Loved your advice this morning at First Date DC!

11:36 AM  
Blogger V said...

K: Bleh, being tidy takes too much damn time.

Sandra D: Thanks, and I think it's the Southern girl in me that when I know people are coming over I do force myself to clean.

12:18 PM  
Anonymous Sweet said...

Oh god I'm with you on this. My room reflects the spaz that I am. It's never neat!

12:36 PM  
Blogger KassyK said...

I know and I find enjoyment in it...sickening right?

1:28 PM  
Blogger Ashburnite said...

I spent my weekend doing exactly the same thing. I am horrible at organizing at home. The wierd thing is, I am so organized at work, but my room is always a mess.

1:54 PM  
Blogger Protagoras said...

I sympathize V. I go through phases where I am a disgusting slob for weeks/months at a time, then I become so disgusted with myself I spend two to three days doing nothing but scrubbing the whole place spotless, and then anally keep it clean for about a week before losing interest and letting it become a sty again. Repeat endlessly.

2:13 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

I can tell you from experience that age brings with it a willingness to overlook the mess. I used to be the neatest-neat-freak ever, but my priorities have changed. I still put all my pictures in albums. Come to think of it, I don't have many printed pictures anymore now that I use a digital camera...

4:04 PM  
Blogger Floyd said...

As to your question, "I often wonder what it is that makes people like me as messy as we are," I can only assume the answer is the alignment of the stars. I'll bet if you look into it, the month a person was born directly correlates with how messy or tidy they are. Also, the earth is 6,000 years old, fossils are tricks from Satan, and the Natural History Museum is a House of Lies.

The key to keeping your place neat (for those us that find this difficult) is to understand the "breaking point of tidiness." For instance, I've found there's a certain amount of dirty clothing that will accumulate on my floor, dirty dishes on my desk, and books and mail laying around before I just quit trying to clean up. If you can nip the untidiness in the bud by pre-emptively disposing of your waste and doing you laundry before it hits the breaking point, you'll notice that cleaning isn't nearly as time-consuming.*

(*Note: This policy of pre-emption does NOT work for foreign affairs.)

4:39 PM  
Blogger Sean said...

Get a Woomba....I'll bet that would change your behavior.

4:56 PM  
Blogger Needtsza said...

Well, you can hope it lasts, but it's like a poker game....after long enough, people's true personality come out.

5:38 PM  
Blogger Needtsza said...

Re-reading this, I guess I'm one of those people you don't understand.

Having a mess makes me nuts. I can stand it for a little while and if it's my own shit, I can live with it even longer, but slowly and surely, it builds up til I'm surrounded and I go nuts.

Also when I'm super pissed, instead of hitting things (the wall, etc.) I try to clean.

I like things orderly and I like structure. I need it. -shrug- People are different, ya know?

7:04 PM  
Blogger JoJo said...

V, I totally get it. I haven't yet got to the point where dishes are growing bacterial experiments, but I've come pretty close. The only time I really clean is right before I leave town. Hate, hate, hate coming home to a dirty house.

8:09 PM  
Blogger V said...

Thank you all for your advice and sympathy...and, for the record, i did hang my clothes up from two of super clean V!

10:46 AM  

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