Fighting the slob effect

Discussion in 'Metropolis' started by edokitty, May 24, 2017.


The Gates of Horn and Ivory

Two Gates the silent House of Sleep adorn; Of polish'd Iv'ry this, that of transparent Horn:
True Visions thro' transparent Horn arise; Thro' polish'd Iv'ry pass deluding Lies.

  1. edokitty

    edokitty meow baby

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    Every month, I set goals to clean the mess that is my home. I have little desire to clean or do the chores that would keep my home free or clutter and trash. The only time I tend to clean is when company is about to visit. I started looking online for motivation on cleaning.

    I've been reading a blog called A Slob Comes Clean. It's been very inspirational. She set daily goals to change her ways. Each day she would make her bed and sweep the kitchen. As the weeks went on, she would spend a day cleaning clutter from an area of the house and gradually adding more daily cleaning chores.

    When I get home from work today, I was going to gather up items to donate. Less things in the home, means more space to store my stuff. I probably should buy some cleaning products when I get paid.

    Do you clean on a daily basis?
     
  2. Crazy Dave Number 23

    Crazy Dave Number 23 Methodless Madness Staff Member

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    Most days, yeah. I cannot tolerate a dirty kitchen. Because if I get hungry, and things I need are not ready to be used, I am more likely to order out. And that is expensive. I keep the bathroom toilet and sink clean constantly as well. Things like sweeping the floors, I find trivial. I might only do that once a week, or less often. And only once a year, usually in March, do I spend a couple days cleaning absolutely everything, from the baseboards to the ceiling cobwebs. I do laundry every week, sometimes twice, because my work clothes tend to get dirty (restaurant). Bed sheets and towels are washed less frequently. Other than keeping up with dishes and garbage, the house doesn't get dirty. Sometimes I will let paperwork and such clutter for a little while, when I am stressed, but that doesn't last too long. I have a file cabinet for such things. I also have a whiteboard I nailed onto one of my kitchen cabinets. Here I write down things I need or want, instead of keeping paper or physical reminders about the house.
     
  3. 21007

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    I am probably the biggest slob out there, the only thing that ends up forcing me to clean every once in a while is the disgust I feel when I see a thick layer of dust on everything and the nightmares I have about insects making a home in my home. Fortunately, the insect problem in my case is not as big as my scary nightmares would suggest it could be because there is a spider living under my bed where I hide an ax. That spider and its offspring takes care of every insect which dares to set foot in my home. I love my spider.

    But yea I'm incredibly lazy when it comes to cleaning. Doesn't help that I'm not home often either.
     
  4. edokitty

    edokitty meow baby

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    I have spiders making webs down in the basement but I have not done anything to exterminate them. If their webs are in the way to the washing machine, I dust those.
     
  5. Crazy Dave Number 23

    Crazy Dave Number 23 Methodless Madness Staff Member

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    I don't mind spiders, and usually let them keep their homes.
     
  6. Umaeril

    Umaeril -o-}}}X{{{-o- Staff Member

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    I hate cleaning with a passion, yet I love when the house is clean. We use a cleaning service for 2 of the levels of this townhouse and clean the other levels ourselves (which means they really do not get cleaned very much if at all). Last week we finally called a hauler to take away a lot of stuff we had for Goodwill and for the dump, what a relief!!! Doing this opened up one of the rooms we had been putting junk in upstairs, so that was a good deal.

    I'd say that overall, I am a slob who likes things clean. My husband could live in filth and not care, idk why. :ohwell: And it is very difficult to get him to help clean.

    Not too keen on spiders but I see their utility.

    So how is it getting started Edo? Are you able to accomplish any goals?

    Dave I am surprised to hear you are so clean, not that I thought you were not, but guys sometimes don't care about stuff like cleaning the toilet.

    21007 I wonder about your collectibles and how you clean them and keep dust off.
     
  7. 21007

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    My collectibles aren't anywhere near the floor which is where most dust ends up, they are actually quite high up on shelves, so they don't gather too much dust in the first place. I use a small make-up brush to clean them every once in a while. It works out okay. The biggest dust collector is my PC, the dust filters on that need attention bad.
     
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  8. Umaeril

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    You remind me that I need to check my computer for dust, I've had it almost a year now. Well it is good you don't have a lot of dust on your high up things, we seem to get a lot of dust, perhaps from the street or something, idk.
     
  9. Entervixen

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    Living with Gramma has turned me into a better housekeeper because she has severe cleaning OCD. I'm trying to be better about picking up, but it's hard. I never think to do it until it get so bad I get overwhelmed. But putting things away as soon as I am done, or at least by the end of the day, helps.
     
  10. Umaeril

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    I agree that putting things away stat really helps. Ugh, sometimes this place just gets so untidy. :headshake: Sooo much better if I deal with it right away.
     
  11. 21007

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    I actually didn't bother to dust my computer for about 5 years, it wasn't that bad. There was a very fine layer of dust in there, but nothing major. The filters really help. I just have to keep those clean.
    And when it comes to cleaning, I personally like to suddenly start doing it after neglecting it for a while and spend like an entire day at it. The visual change you can get from that is quite substantial, so it feels like you've done a lot of work and achieved something.
     
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  12. Umaeril

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    Yes, I do agree with you. I find that I clean in order to avoid stuff I don't want to do. So if I have to study or make phone calls or something unpleasant, I will find that I cannot start to do it unless everything around me is clean.
     
  13. Umaeril

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    I "liked" your post so maybe you would come back and talk to be about Russia. :o_O:
     
  14. 21007

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    You don't need to like my post for that, you just need to cast the summoning spell. I'm afraid you're summoning the wrong thing though,
    I probably know less than you do unless what you're interested in is something more general and not related to any specific events.
     
  15. Umaeril

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    Hi 21007, I am really pleased to see you! And I am happy to know about this summoning spell, I will be sure to remember it for next time. :happy: I am wondering how you are doing? I am very interested to hear how life is going for you and what interests you are currently pursuing? Doing any photography lately? Are you content?

    Personally, about Russia, I have my usual rumbles and grumbles but I will start a new thread for it with some innocuous title like "Bear with me..." or "Good or Vlad". I hope you get these puns. My specific topic of interest lately is in the realm of global control networks, do you know anything about those? Wait...don't answer that here. See new thread. ^^

    Edited to say that I will make the new thread tomorrow because it is late and I have to go to bed.
     
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  16. 21007

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    I'm doing great actually. Though I'm not exactly sure I have a whole lot to say about my interests. I'm certainly doing something, but photography ain't among that. Mostly I just don't have a whole lot of time or inspiration to take any photographs. The most generous thing I could say is that I was involved in reverse engineering something, but most of what I'm doing is just entertaining myself.

    What can I say, I actually lead a surprisingly mundane life. I mean, I'm having fun, but it's not something you look at and go "I want to know more about that!"
     
  17. Umaeril

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    Excellent! I am glad you are doing great, that is good news and I am pleased to hear it. Details are not needed. ^^ It made me smile to know you are having fun. :)
     
  18. 21007

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    It would be very unusual indeed for me to be doing bad. How about you, then? You having a good time?
     
  19. Umaeril

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    Hmmm....I am past my prime now and facing the long (hopefully long) slide into older age. It has me thinking about many things. I suppose that is no different from anyone else and it is really no different from my usual state, but mortality plays a more prominent role, it tints many of my thoughts. But I plan to be around for many years and no one would call me "old" so there is that. So how do I approach my enjoyment of the now, knowing "now" is a fragile thing? It is strange. I know my cat will die, but right now my cat is here. I am trying to appreciate the "now" to the fullest extent. Not easy but I think maybe it has to be practiced.
     
  20. 21007

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    I'm younger than you are, but I have to admit I think about mortality as well. I'm afraid that my days in this world will come to end one day and it's not something I want. To be fair, neither is immortality, but it's the kind of thing you can't really win at. There is no perfect answer. Immortality sucks and death sucks, so I suppose it's something where you have to take a middle ground. Live as long as you can, do what you need to do, and then die.
    It's kind of like happiness when you think about it. If your life was a perfect stream of happiness with no hardships, it dulls your senses and you'd no longer be capable of appreciating the happiness in your life. I think the realization that I'll die one day makes me want to be a better person. So what little mark I leave to the world will be a good one. Or at least not a bad one.

    I used to have a black cat a long time ago by the way, he died of health complications from old age. I miss him so.
     

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