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07:06am 07/09/2004
 
 
Benjamin
It seems I've discovered a rather unexpected but fundamental flaw in my personality. Well, "discovered" is probably the wrong word to use. "Grock" is maybe a better one, but I don't think it's quite that deep. On the surface, I can't clean my house. Yeah, just that simple and stupid. But I can't seem to get myself to do it. It's like there's some piece missing or something that keeps getting in the way. Like a negative feedback loop, but not quite. For example, I'll look at the mess, and know that I have to fix it. Then, I start figuring out what to do about it, or, how to fix it, to make it neater. That's where the trouble starts. My head goes into this Hunter S. Thompson-like spin trying to chase down the threads of action to a suitable starting point. Like, for example:

1. Pick up the stuff on the floor.
ok, but where do i put it?
Hrmmm, good question. ok -
1. Make a place to put the stuff on the floor.
Where?
GRrrrrr ...
1. Think of a place to put the stuff on the floor.
Which stuff, exactly? There's several different kinds of stuff there, you know, and it can't go all into the same place.
GODDAMN IT! Shut the hell up! Can't you see I'm trying to work here?! ok, ok. -
1. Categorize the stuff on the floor. Electronics, Papers, Junk, Clothes, etc., etc.
Hey,are those old DSL filters electronics or junk? You know, because they aren't useful anymore, so they're junk. But on the other hand, there's nothing wrong with them, so they're electronics, right?
::whimper:: Well, they'd go into storage, I think.
1. Put the DSL filters into some kind of storage space.
Hey, shouldn't you start the dishes? Because you could do that, and then start the other cleaning while the dishes were washing.
I AM GOING TO KILL YOU!
1. Start the dishes.
And while you're at it, start the laundry, too. It needs doing as well.
That's it! I can take this shit anymore.
1. Open a vein and bleed out.
No, maybe you should go have a cigarette and calm down. You're too upset to do a good job cleaning.
You're probably right.
1. Go sit on the couch and have a cigarette, maybe watch Family guy or something.
Hey! you're feet are dirty! don't put them on the couch!
You're right, I should clean the floor.
1. Sweep and mop the floor.
But there's all this stuff on the floor.
Yeah, I'll have to pick that stuff up before I can sweep and mop.
1. Pick up the stuff on the floor.
Hey, isn't that what you were going to do a few minutes ago?

... lather, rinse, repeat.

At this point, I usually just light the damned cigarette, and glare at the mess for a few minutes. Then I go do something unrelated. I just took all the doors off the cabinets in the kitchen, because I was always leaving them open. Now I have to find a place to put the doors.

this is an issue that really needs to be addressed, and I know it's far too simple a thing to warrant all this stress, but I'm just plain stumped. Anyone got any ideas or suggestions? Anyone?
mood: Frazzled
music: Seize - Dont Let Me (Delobbo chromatic mix) (DigitalGunfire.com)
 
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 skitty
 
05:46am 07/09/2004 (UTC)
 
 
skitty: billchainsaw
Goddamn. That's the best description of my cleaning process I've ever heard. Especially the part where you do something completely unrelated. I'll rearrange my bookshelves, or clean the iron, or something equally time-consuming but ultimately pointless in terms of getting the house clean.
Some ideas:
When you go to categorize, use boxes and/or bags. Then you can move your piles around easily. Make certain you have a box for "miscellaneous," and anytime you don't know where to put something, throw it in there. When you're done with the cleaning, you can go through it and decide where everything should go. You can even do that while you watch Family Guy. :) You can throw the laundry directly into boxes or baskets sorted by color. When one gets full, wash it.
Finally, I know the mess can be overwhelming - so much so that you give up before you ever begin. So don't try to do it all at once. Start in one room, and put in a specific amount of time. A half hour, an hour. At this point reward yourself with a cigarette. Then, if you're on a roll, you can keep going, but you don't have to. I find it's good to start with the kitchen. Less stuff in the floor. Bathrooms are also good, because they're small. Make sure you have plenty of garbage bags handy. Some peppy music helps, too.
Starting is the hard part. Once you start, you'll find that you can gather momentum to keep going.
Hope this helps. Good luck with your housekeeping.
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 kires
 
06:08am 07/09/2004 (UTC)
 
 
Benjamin
>> Goddamn. That's the best description of my cleaning process I've ever
>> heard.
Than-q. I'm sorry.

>> Especially the part where you do something completely unrelated. I'll
>> rearrange my bookshelves, or clean the iron, or something equally
>> time-consuming but ultimately pointless in terms of getting the house
>> clean.
So, you like my new LJ color scheme? ::giggle::

>> When you go to categorize, use boxes and/or bags.
LOL! An excelent idea! What makes it even more perfect is that I did manage to do one constructive thing. I moved all the empty boxes into the ... ::darth vader music:: "Storage Room".

>> Make certain you have a box for "miscellaneous," and anytime you don't
>> know where to put something, throw it in there.
Uhmmm, I don't think I have a box that big...

>> I find it's good to start with the kitchen. Less stuff in the floor.
Yeah, except for all those cabinet doors.

>> Some peppy music helps, too.
Oh, aye. Digitalgunfire.com is da bomb.

>> Hope this helps. Good luck with your housekeeping.
I think it will. Thanks for both the advice and the luck. I'll make good use of both.
 
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 spc476
 
04:02pm 07/09/2004 (UTC)
 
 
Captain Napalm
First step: Get several tarps. These will either be used to put stuff on, or cover stuff while you do the next step.

Second step: Move everything inside the house, outside. You can use the tarps as a flooring material, or to cover the stuff, as you feel fit. Heck, if you have enough tarps, you can do both. But the object is to empty the house of everything that can be moved out. Including the garage (if you have one). Do not proceed to the third step until you have finished this step.

Third step: Pick the most important pieces of furniture, clean everything off of it, clean it, then place back into the house. Do this with the furniture, and only the furniture, until you feel you have enough furniture that you can't live without. If there's any furniture left over that you don't feel strongly about, leave it outside for now.

Fourth step: With the remaining stuff, pick the most important, and put it away (and if needed, clean it) in the house. Don't try to pick stuff for each room, just pick a very important item, then put it where it should go. Keep doing this, picking the most important stuff that's left and place it in the house. If you have a question about it, leave it outside for now. Once you get the house with the most important stuff back in, proceed to the next step.

Fifth step: Seriously consider the remaining stuff that's outside. Seriously consider burning the stuff that's outside. Seriously consider taking the stuff inside. Which sounds easier and won't cause undo grief? Do it. If burning stuff on the lawn is illegal in your juristiction, then it's off to the dumpster.

At each point, the question you shouldn't ask is, “Could I possibly use this?” No, the question you need to ask is, “Will I use this in the next six months?” If no, leave it.

Sixth step: Put everything back where it belongs as you use it, and seriously question if you need to keep an item. Those two things should keep the clutter level down to manageable levels.

 
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 kires
 
12:11am 08/09/2004 (UTC)
 
 
Benjamin
Wow. That's the best idea, ever. Well, for house cleaning. Thanks. I don't think i can impliment it as is, due to the wreckage and debris outside, but the concept is a sound one. As I understand it, "swap space evolving into the rubbish bin". I have an empty room I can use for this. I think I shall begin this project quite soon. Like after Family Guy and Southpark. (I'll deal with my TIVO addiction later).
 
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