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...a sweatshop of moxie

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Spring Cleaning

All Monday, I have been involved in a massive spring cleaning effort in my house.

Traditionally, Monday has been "laundry day" for housewives, but I follow no such set pattern.

I also don't do spring cleaning each year, since that is usually relegated to the rent-a-housekeeper.

But this year, I had a strange motivational spur:

I caught an episode of the Discovery Home Channel's "neat" show, which hails from Canada.

One Hellen Buttigieg, who reminds me a lot of Mariska Hargitay of Law & Order, is the clutter-guru for people who have lost their way in their homes.

And by people, let's face it, we usually mean mostly women.

Not only are we socialised to be more homeproud than men, but we are the ones who usually feel guiltier when our homes are messy, unlike men who often buy grey bedsheets, the better not to show the perspiration.

But back to the show.

Instead of having a decent, inviting, well-organised home, the show's help-candidates have spaces full of junk, needlessly cluttering not only their rooms, but most importantly, their lives.

Although I am very neat, and have always been to the irritation of most every one around me, I know what it is to live in a home which is messy -- the product of having shared a home with up to 3 males at University: American Rhodes Scholars, all.

Here let me say that many Americans like what might politely be termed, a "lived-in" look.

A wayward shoe here, a fallen jacket there, it's all good for most Americans, who don't sweat the small stuff at home, unlike the fussier continentals, or South Americans who of course, often have maids.

But there is a vast difference between messiness, and filthiness, and sometimes, that line is crossed by some people.

This is why I could never be a clutter-guru, since I cannot stomach some of the places on parade in that show.

One keeps thinking, how could people allow their homes, their SANCTUARIES after all, to reach such heights of disorganisation??

This is also why Hellen is a joy to watch, because she goes to help, not to judge, even unwittingly.

Now, I have told you I am neat by nature.

But I am also an inveterate pack rat, who refuses to throw away the least item, in case one day I should need it.

This may be why I have several balls of string in my drawer, JUST IN CASE, you know, that I have a packing emergency or purchase a cat.

So, taking a cue from "neat", I decided to purge my life of these ridiculous bits-and-bobs, which just weighs one down.



Of course, being me, this immediately, and I do mean immediately, backfired.

I had just thrown away an espresso machine decanter, since I had an older one around, when in cleaning the newer one, I dropped it on the floor, and it went kerplewie.

The old one was long gone downstairs in the dumpsters, by that time, and I could only rue not being true to my pack rat nature, if only once.

Ah well, such is life.

Tuesday, and Wednesay, I will tackle my closets.

God only knows what dress I will throw away, only to have clutter-removal remorse within nanoseconds...

This, however, stays.

P.S.: Argh! Unfortunately, due to a cell phone Picture Sending malfunction, I cannot upload the photo of what I wanted to show you.

Stay tuned, and try to imagine what on earth would make the cut, enough for me to keep it.

Hint, it's bigger than a bread box!

P.P.S.: And hey, is Blogger frantically refreshing your posts? Because it is with mine.

7 Comments:

  • I view cleaning as a never-ending Stalingrad and I'm FeldMarshal Paulus ...with a Swiffer.

    I am de-lighted if others can do it, and am quite appreciative!

    By Blogger Ron, at Tue Mar 14, 02:08:00 am GMT-5  

  • I view cleaning as a never-ending Stalingrad and I'm FeldMarshal Paulus ...with a Swiffer.

    *lolololol*

    I am de-lighted if others can do it, and am quite appreciative!

    If others you see on television, or like me can do it for themselves, or if others can do it for you, since you don't feel like doing it? :)

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Tue Mar 14, 03:35:00 am GMT-5  

  • Spring Cleaning?!? Call me when it stops snowing!

    I've never heart of the "neat" show, Debbie Travis is the big home improvement queen here. She even has her own paint line at Canadian Tire.

    Speaking of which, you'll be sad to know that CT dumped their version of Ned Flanders from their ads. They're going in a "different direction."

    By Blogger Renato, at Tue Mar 14, 04:56:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Spring Cleaning?!? Call me when it stops snowing!

    Yeah, sorry aboot that Renato. :)

    Our spring has definitely sprung.

    I've never heart of the "neat" show,

    How about "Designer Guys"?

    By the looks of it, two gay Canadian guys who are much more restrained and elegant than the Queer Eye crowd.

    They're not as good as that Hellen gal, though.

    Debbie Travis is the big home improvement queen here.

    What on earth -- sounds like a country-western name.

    More than Shania Twain, for sure. :)

    She even has her own paint line at Canadian Tire.

    Who doesn't?

    Speaking of which, you'll be sad to know that CT dumped their version of Ned Flanders from their ads.

    It feels bad when someone diddly-diddly dumps you.

    They're going in a "different direction."

    Stewie!?!

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Tue Mar 14, 05:22:00 pm GMT-5  

  • I had just thrown away an espresso machine decanter, since I had an older one around, when in cleaning the newer one, I dropped it on the floor, and it went kerplewie.

    I have done THAT!

    The old one was long gone downstairs in the dumpsters, by that time, and I could only rue not being true to my pack rat nature, if only once.

    And rued the day that I did THIS.

    But it's a Murphy's Law, you know: You would never have broken the decanter if you had kept the other about--and therefore would have continued not to need the tossed one.

    No winning this one.

    By Blogger reader_iam, at Wed Mar 15, 10:06:00 pm GMT-5  

  • I have done THAT!

    Actually done it with an espresso beaker?? Wow!

    And rued the day that I did THIS.

    Yes. :(

    I also seem to be breaking lots of stuff recently, but then, I was always a bit of a butterfingers.

    But it's a Murphy's Law, you know: You would never have broken the decanter if you had kept the other about--and therefore would have continued not to need the tossed one.

    Argh!!

    What an exasperating set of events, as I know you're absolutely right on this.

    And can you imagine that clutterbug, who finally, with great great triumph over self, decided to tackle his or her home, and chuck out their stuff?

    Pack rats like me, are convinced that ONE DAY that item they have been keeping, will come in super-handy.

    So can you only imagine that, after finally getting their stuff thrown out, they suddenly needed that very item immediately afterwards?

    They'd probably never clear up their rubbish, ever again!

    No winning this one.

    Booo.

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Thu Mar 16, 03:00:00 am GMT-5  

  • Cheers,
    Victoria ;)

    P.S.: When I don't append my trademarked signoff, it's either because it's a follow up that doesn't really need it, or...

    I'm pissed off.

    Neither of which was true in the post to you, RIA. ;)

    Cheers,
    Victoria *g*

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Thu Mar 16, 03:02:00 am GMT-5  

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