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Where are Mr. Neat and Mr. Tidy when you want them? [May. 3rd, 2004|11:06 am]
Miss Von Trapp
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Call me odd, but there's something very satisfying about tidying - even though I hate it! The before/after effect...almost tempts me to take photos and post them, but I'd be too ashamed lol!!

Yesterday I nearly broke my back cleaning the kitchen, bathroom and upstairs hallway...got halfway through doing my room and fell asleep at 11pm! I've had a good sort out through all my costumes and actually HUNG THEM UP; victorian, medieval, various ballgowns from the Liverpool Playhouse costume dept. when they last had a clearout...and a big cream wedding dress...

Also found a load of cds I'd lost in the rubble on my bedroom floor (The Damned : Phantasmagoria and the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band : Gorilla amongst others) and located a short black velvet double-breasted coat with fluffy/furry collar and cuffs that I've not seen in four years which I had to stop to sew a button onto!!

Kitchen-wise - the worktops are scrubbed, the dishes are done, mugs on the mug-tree for the first time ever...it's all been tastefully rearranged...and I cooked a Szechuan stir fry in celebration - all that remains to do (ha ha) is to finish my room and hoover everywhere. Get the toast crumbs out of the floor etc etc...

Todays agenda is the living room, the downstairs hallway, after I've stood on a chair in heels to reach the bulb - which needs replacing, and tidy the other bedroom/ scrub the en-suite bathroom...I have two bathrooms lol!...oh, and finish going through the pile in my room...then more hoovering.

Why am I tidying? Flat inspection TOMMORROW : 10:20am...


Wish I could zap it all into oblivion, or resize it all somehow a la Willy Wonka and tuck it away in a corner...I was not built for manual labour!!

When that's all done I'm going out to Destinies with my friends tonight...so if I begin at 1pm (sensible deadline for starting?) I should be almost ready by 7pm...then a hot bath and dress-up time...


I wish I wasn't so messy - I really love a tidy house - minimalist approach - but I have a tendency to dig through stuff and then leave piles of what I've been looking at/fiddling with wherever its landed...and I often empty a bag out on the floor, put back what I need and leave the rest languishing in a pile there.

I just can't seem to maintain the equilibrium between what I'd *like* to live in and the state of my actual living habits... I am the living personification of Mr.Messy...the 'Little Miss' version!!

Ho hum! Back to the grind...


Now, this I like:
(Goddess of the Bacchanale : Bacchia?)

Become a God or Goddess.
by zerogirl
God/Goddess ofWine
Animal Companion:Butterfly
Weak againstWater
Created with the ORIGINAL MemeGen!


Update: It's now nearly 3pm, and, while I'm making headway in the living room, if I want to go out tonight I'm thinking I'm going to have to put the inspection off till Wednesday morning instead...


Mountains of stuff to dig through, and all I want to do is go back to sleep right now...

[User Picture]From: abishag
2004-05-03 03:33 am (UTC)

Not odd at all

I'm just the same, I hate routine mainteneance and regular housework, and work mostly by great blitzes, where you can really *see* the difference. It's a great relief to live in one's own place, sans inspections, but inspections, visitors and, in my case, cleaning ladies' imminence do act as an incentive!
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[User Picture]From: missvontrapp
2004-05-03 03:40 am (UTC)

Re: Not odd at all

This is a *major* blitz...haven't had one like this since last October!!

Yes, after the inspection I shall finally be able to admit visitors...but I SO wish there was a cleaning lady imminent!!!

Then I could put my feet up, watch telly and see her pained expression on first viewing of my abode lolol!!

(and get to crack the whip a bit)
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[User Picture]From: abishag
2004-05-03 04:33 am (UTC)

Re: Not odd at all

Ah, well that's a difference in temperament, I absolutely hated having to have cleaning people when I was totally helpless, and felt in a false position generally, and a complete loser. I hate giving instructions, and feel obliged to explain my failings, while secretly fretting at the invasion of my privacy.It's a bit better now when I can run round tidying before they come to do the heavy stuff, and create an impresion of cleanliness throughout those rooms they do all in one go, which I lack stamina for- I had to give in in the end and reinstate them after a gap; and I'm glad I can financially.
But they don't/can't clear up, as opposed to put stuff in orderly piles, or do the insides of things, or under the stuff that is left out on kitchen tops etc.
And because it *looks* OK, it saps my will, or just lets me forget the rest of the stuff I should do!
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[User Picture]From: missvontrapp
2004-05-03 04:45 am (UTC)

Re: Not odd at all

I can see how it would be in that sort of situation, I expect I'd be the same...but when you can do, but simply can't be arsed...that's another matter entirely *grin*

I too feel obliged to explain my failings - always self-deprecating lol!!

I know what you mean about the 'looks ok' sapping your will - does that to me...lots of stacked boxes...although they may look organised - make me itch to dig into them and have a serious rummaging sort-through!!

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[User Picture]From: abishag
2004-05-03 05:01 am (UTC)

Re: Not odd at all

My latest triumph is I've lost a frying pan. How can you lose a frying pan? - a garment a CD, a book.... but a *frying* pan!!
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[User Picture]From: missvontrapp
2004-05-03 05:04 am (UTC)

Re: Not odd at all

I'll bet you anything it's under the sink - that's where things 'go to die' in my kitchen lol!!

Easy enough to do!!
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[User Picture]From: hennepin
2004-05-03 06:53 am (UTC)
I'm terrible when it comes to routine maintenance -- and my apartment's so small, I really should be cleaning it every other day, particularly now that it's practically summer, and my cat's shedding her fur at an alarming rate. It's impossible to move without sending up clouds of fluff! My poor respiratory system!

It's sad considering how happy a clean apartment makes me. Why not make myself happy more often?
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[User Picture]From: missvontrapp
2004-05-03 07:08 am (UTC)
I'm so messy I should be cleaning up after myself at least every other day lol!!

A tidy house makes me very happy too, and I utterly agree with you - perhaps I should make Monday my housework day, or have a regular 'Tuesday Tidy' if I decide to put off the Monday...

...mind you, I'm all for the big ideas and planning, but useless at sticking to it!!

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[User Picture]From: jolieday
2004-05-03 09:57 am (UTC)

You are getting older when

Cleaning the house is about my least favorite thing to do. I mean seriously who enjoys mopping, dusting or windexing anything. I remember I started to think about cleaning on a regualr basis; several years when an ex came over one day he could barely contain himself, actually he didn't, he admonished me for being so messy then he sneezed. Since then i have become a much cleaner person. Got keep the boys around. Now I even feel embarassed when the place is messy.
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[User Picture]From: missvontrapp
2004-05-04 12:35 am (UTC)

Re: You are getting older when

I don't enjoy it per se, but I do enjoy the fruits of my labour...All done now, and I'm very very proud of myself;)

*puffs out chest*
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[User Picture]From: eldritch00
2004-05-03 03:12 pm (UTC)
I seem to get into the habit of singing as I read my friends' entries, and the song for this one is "Grimly Fiendish."

I hate the middle part of the cleaning-up process myself, though the aftermath, as temporary as it may be, leaves me feeling waffy (warm and fuzzy, natch).

Question: flat inspection?!
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[User Picture]From: missvontrapp
2004-05-04 12:36 am (UTC)
LOL!! I was singing that when I had my middle-part half-hour break in fact...well, twas on the cd player!!

Flat Inspection = rented accommodation...It's for the landlord to check that we haven't wrecked the place or painted the walls black...
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From: mrmorgoth
2004-05-03 03:57 pm (UTC)
Hmmm...one of the advantages of owning your own place...though you do need to keep it semi-tidy...
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[User Picture]From: missvontrapp
2004-05-04 12:38 am (UTC)
*wishes she could afford that!*
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[User Picture]From: elves_uk
2004-05-05 06:02 am (UTC)
sorry to say we are maximalising stuffists :)
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