Hoarding Shows and Cleaning

I’ve been watching shows like Hoarders and Clean House, both of which are dwarfed by this CNN story.

I watch them and get inspired for a couple of hours to do something about my apartment. It’s helping, kind of.

My apartment is a mess. Part of me wants to post pics, and part of me it way too embarrassed. Maybe I’ll do ‘before’ and ‘after’ pics when I get it clean.

Thing is, I haven’t always been this messy. Actually, it’s beyond messy and into disgusting.

There was a time when I lived alone, and my place was CLEAN and organized, highly organized, even. When I went through what I call the Great Depression (a clinical depression lasting several years, not the economic depression of the 1930s), I gave up. With an elementary school aged child, things were never where I left them, and things never got put away. I became absolutely blind to clutter, mess, even food being left laying around.

I haven’t taught my daughter anything about regular house cleaning. Thing is, I do know HOW to do it. Bill made sure I did. I know that doing dishes every day, cleaning bathrooms once a week, vacuum at least once a week, dust and polish furniture once a week, clean the kitchen floor once a week, all help make a nice home. This was probably the biggest lesson he tried to teach me.

I don’t know why I can’t make myself do these things. I did when I lived alone and when C was younger. For some reason, now, I find it nearly impossible to do.

Yes, like most people, I’m tired when I get home. I’m working a day job and running a small business in the evenings. Some nights, when I have to pick C up at tae kwon do after tutoring, some nights I don’t get home until 9pm, and I like to go to bed at 10pm. But even when I come home earlier, like right after the day job, I don’t spend time cleaning. I jump on the computer and turn the tv on, and lose myself in mediocrity.

I should.

I don’t need to spend 5-10pm just sitting on my butt. I could use some of that time to make my place a little more pleasant. 

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2 comments on “Hoarding Shows and Cleaning
  1. PipneyJane says:

    I don't need to spend 5-10pm just sitting on my butt. I could use some of that time to make my place a little more pleasant.

    15 minutes, Darl, just do 15 minutes. Set the kitchen timer and tackle one thing for those 15 minutes. Doesn't matter what it is, but it does matter that you do it.

    – Pam (attempting to follow my own advice)

  2. Ishtar says:

    I'm working on it. I've been pushing the kid to do that, 15 mins a day. I know I need to do the same thing. I managed to do a bit while she was gone, but now that she's back, it's harder. I think I need to examine that a bit.

    Really good to have you comment, PipneyJane, great to see you here. Thanks so much!

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