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Road to Perdition


Procyon

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As the title indicates, this week has been a disaster in terms of cleaning.

 

That brought some essential questions to my mind -- yes, perhaps even philosophical. Is cleaning necessary? Do we have to spend hours and hours every week on dishes, laundry, and hoovering? Not to mention dusting and picking up books that are lying around on the floor?

 

I spend rather a lot of time on it, but in spite of the small battles I win, I constantly feel I'm losing the war. Or if I'm winning it, it's a Pyrrhic victory to say the least. How much time of my life should I spend cleaning?

 

This week, I washed clothes and did the dishes. There's nothing dirty in my sink right now. I also threw away random papers and other meaningless things that were lying about on my table. But my floor is sandy, and books are accumulating, mysteriously, on my living-room floor. Should I just give in to chaos? What is the meaning of life?

 

 

 

P.S. For those of you who were looking forward to reading about piles -- do not fear, I will deal with that topic later.

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That brought some essential questions to my mind -- yes, perhaps even philosophical. Is cleaning necessary? Do we have to spend hours and hours every week on dishes, laundry, and hoovering? Not to mention dusting and picking up books that are lying around on the floor?

Hmm, well in my case I spend virtually no time vacuuming, maybe MAYBE an hour in a whole year. I can't stand vacuuming! I usually just pick up the bigger, visible pieces of whatever and leave all the rest beneath the surface undisturbed.

 

I also don't spend very much time picking things up from the floor. Of course this is probably because I never put them there in the first place. I'm kinda weird about that. Even when I consider my little abode 'messy' there's still nothing on the floor (apart from furniture and such things), it just means my tables, desks, and cabinets might be a bit cluttered.

 

My approach to laundry is to do a bunch about two to four weeks. It's not really the laundry I mind so much anyway, it's the ironing! I can't stand ironing! Yet I want everything to be nice and crisp so I do it anyway :wacko:

 

Dishes I rather enjoy. I know this sounds weird but I find them relaxing so I manage to do them almost every day, usually as I dirty them.

 

I'm pretty lucky with regards to 'tidying up', I live alone so nothing gets untidy unless I do it, and actually I'm naturally inclined to put things away when I'm done with them. As such I usually only have to 'tidy up' about once a week, and the rest of the time things are usually still tidier than you would find in the average home.

 

I think the key is to find a way to enjoy it. I tend to tidy up and clean 'mindlessly'. For example I'm the kind of person who can't sit still when I'm on the phone. So whenever I'm on the phone I find myself cleaning or tidying something up without even thinking about it because it's a simple, mindless activity that occupies me physically while I chat. I also can't stand dead time in general unless I'm consciously and purposely relaxing. So if I'm cooking for example I'm probably also cleaning in the spare moments.

 

Blah, I'm probably just weird

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Hmm, well in my case I spend virtually no time vacuuming, maybe MAYBE an hour in a whole year. I can't stand vacuuming! I usually just pick up the bigger, visible pieces of whatever and leave all the rest beneath the surface undisturbed.

 

I had a phase when I hardly hoovered at all; I swept the floors and washed them, but then I realised that a lot of dirt accumulated between the floor boards, so I gave up. ;) But hoovering is pretty pointless actually, since most hoovers just spread most of the dust in the air and then after a while it settles again in your whole flat... Okay not all of it, some of it does stay in the hoover, but yeah.

 

I also don't spend very much time picking things up from the floor. Of course this is probably because I never put them there in the first place. I'm kinda weird about that. Even when I consider my little abode 'messy' there's still nothing on the floor (apart from furniture and such things), it just means my tables, desks, and cabinets might be a bit cluttered.

 

Hahaha lucky you... there's two persons who clutter my floor. One of them is me. Too bad. But that is because my shelves and tables are already to cluttered for us to put things on!! :blink::lol:

 

My approach to laundry is to do a bunch about two to four weeks. It's not really the laundry I mind so much anyway, it's the ironing! I can't stand ironing! Yet I want everything to be nice and crisp so I do it anyway :wacko:

 

Dishes I rather enjoy. I know this sounds weird but I find them relaxing so I manage to do them almost every day, usually as I dirty them.

 

I'm pretty lucky with regards to 'tidying up', I live alone so nothing gets untidy unless I do it, and actually I'm naturally inclined to put things away when I'm done with them. As such I usually only have to 'tidy up' about once a week, and the rest of the time things are usually still tidier than you would find in the average home.

 

I think the key is to find a way to enjoy it. I tend to tidy up and clean 'mindlessly'. For example I'm the kind of person who can't sit still when I'm on the phone. So whenever I'm on the phone I find myself cleaning or tidying something up without even thinking about it because it's a simple, mindless activity that occupies me physically while I chat. I also can't stand dead time in general unless I'm consciously and purposely relaxing. So if I'm cooking for example I'm probably also cleaning in the spare moments.

 

Blah, I'm probably just weird

 

The main problem with ironing is taking out the ironing board, I think. They're usually heavy and cumbersome both to take out and put away again, so I have this aversion against dealing with mine at all. But -- oh happy day! -- I recently got a small ironing board to put on my kitchen table, which is much less of a bother; it doesn't weigh 20 kilos for one thing. I still didn't get rid of my to-be-ironed piles though... x__x

 

Anyway, just so you know, you're not weird, you're giving me inspiration, hehe. ;)

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