October 10, 2012
I've posted here about how to clean house, periodically sharing tips I've learned. I get how frustrating this can be for many of us.
It's hard for me. Just plain hard. In fact, housekeeping can be flat out overwhelming sometimes. Especially when I'm on a deadline. I just don't see the mess, really I don't, because my head is filled with the research or the writing or the editing. I just don't SEE it. Then the deadline is met and I relax and suddenly I look around, and wow. I need a break and I'm surrounded by mess.
I hate this.
I remember reading on The Bloggess about how she suffers from mental illness and one of her red flags that she may be about to have a bad episode (here in the South, we call them a "spell"), is that her vision narrows. Like she has blinders on her eyes.
What I experience is something like that -- I'm busy, I'm buzzing along and my head is happy with thinking, and I don't register that the dishes need washing or that the porch needs sweeping. It's just not there for me.
However, living in mess is definitely real and I hate it. It's major no fun to come out of the waters of creating something good, all ready to wallow and relax, only to find that you're in a messy environment.