||[Jan. 2nd, 2005|04:56 am]
I was sleeping. Really. Went to bed at a decent hour, and then woke up at 3:45 and that was the end of that. I know I need more than four and a half hours sleep, and yet here I am.
A lot to do. And then back to work on Monday, this lovely stretch of vacation time at an end. We did manage to get the house cleaned up pretty well yesterday, and I did five loads of wash and even folded it, though the clothes that were hung up to dry must be fetched down from the lines and put away. My office is still a mess, though.
Even as I was shovelling out our bedroom, I can't help but wondering at the ongoing stupidity of daily living. There is not a reason in the world why I needed to spend over an hour cleaning up our bedroom, no reason why there were piles of detritus in need of sorting before I could sweep and dust. It should have been a 10-minute job, really, if only we learned to put things away instead of just putting them down. At least 75% of our housekeeping chores come from our inability to address an item at hand when first it comes to hand.
I have three piles of crap on my desk now that are piles of stuff that came from other rooms I was cleaning. Which means not only did I have these things in hand at least once and then just put them down, I had to move them from one spot to another and then return to the first spot to finish cleaning it and now have to handle them all again. Three times, at minimum, I have to address this junk. And that's conservative: some of it got moved from one end of the table to the other at least a couple times, because it was in the way.
We're all too busy, but we make more busywork for ourselves by not being present in the moment and dealing with an issue when first it comes to hand. It's just one more way we overwhelm ourselves.
I have the same problem. Same but different. Mine comes from a near complete lack of any executive functioning skills: i.e., I cannot prioritize, organize, sort, and schedule. Yesterday lord_keeper
told me to clear the counter tops in the kitchen so that we could unload the freezer part of the fridge and thaw it out again. I looked at him blankly and asked, "Where do I put the stuff?" First he said, "Bend over," but then he saw I was serious and said, "We'll do it together later." And later never happened. Same with the dining table, my desk (Oh, don't open a desk drawer because my solution to getting it off my desk is to put it in my desk... my desk is my adult version of under the bed.
I can do it; I'm actually really good at it. One of the chores I undertook yesterday was organizing the linen closet in the bathroom. I went from Fibber McGee full to sleek in less than half an hour. But I'm terrible at keeping things up - as soon as someone else leaves a mess I just add to it, despite how much I hate clutter. It's stupid.
We do this, and what is completely laughable is actually watching my husband do it. He'll be wandering around with, for example, a dirty shirt in his hand, see something else that needs to be done, and literally drop the empty shirt right there. He could be standing in the middle of the living room. Usually it's to go do something else that is useful, thank goodness, but it's awfully funny to watch. I do the same, except I find an "excuse" place for whatever item I was holding - i.e., I'd drop the shirt just outside of our bedroom. Might as well, I'll grab it when I cart the dirty laundry to the washer (and I won't!).
We have no excuse for dirty laundry hanging about. None. We have a laundry chute right outside the bedroom door.
But. I don't throw down my good clothes because I don't want them to accidentally get caught up in other stuff during sorting and end up being washed without treating that spot on the blouse and then getting tossed in the dryer - and next thing you know there is a laundry nest on the bedroom floor, having babies and spreading pestilence.
They do create offspring, don't they? I thought that was just in our house.
Soemtimes I find much greater success in fitting the tools to the process rather than the other way around.
For example, put a small laundry hamper in the bedroom for the items that need special attention; everything else goes down the chute. Even if more than you intend winds up in the bedroom hamper, at least it's confined and neat.
I have a question that's not related to your post. Since you're a law student, I was hoping you might know how someone could get his hands on a piece of rental-act legislation?
I also realize that it could be different between Ohio and Manitoba, but it's worth a shot, no?
At least here, I can visit the legislature's website and download anything. Looks like you can, too, here
I didn't realize that was possible. I was expecting a lot of red tape and even more red herrings.
You've nailed it! I've told myself this over and over...I simply have to commit to taking the extra 30 seconds (sometimes less) to put something it the right place the first time; this simple routine would make a huge difference.
We're going to try and clean out one closet, drawer or cupboard per week, and then when we get through the first time cycle back through. If we can succeed, it will be a minimum amount of organizing per week and will keep things neat.
Sounds like a smart approach--similar to flylady.net
Maybe I can convince my spouse to have us do this together (she said hopefully)
Sadly, I can relate to that entirely too well. I've gotten pretty good about at least tending to drop stuff in one or two places, like the laundry that needs to get done. Or at least putting the dishes in the sink. But when it comes to cleaning up other stuff, the habit of just finding someplace to put stuff for now 'cause I'll deal with it later has made some parts of life more of a pain than there's any need.
At least with some things I've gotten the habit of taking care of 'em right off. Now just to do the same thing with stuff like junk mail or empty boxes....*sigh*
That's one of the New Year resolutions; try to keep the house a bit cleaner than we've done thus far.