Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

I have just cleaned my kitchen.  (And I didn’t even have to put clean in quotation marks because I REALLY cleaned–including cabinets, fridge, microwave, and floors!

One room down, five to go.

Baby steps, friends.


I have never been an overly “clean” person (room-wise, not hygiene-wise, I shower every day).  I would categorize my style as sometimes messy, always sloppy.  Not for lack of trying, nothing just ever seems to turn out nice.  I am a weird hybrid of perfectionist where I have a million wonderful ideas, but as I am working on them they never quite match what’s in my head, so I give up and move on to something that requires no effort towards perfection—like TV.

Since moving in with R, equal—if not superior—to my sloppy and messy ways, things have gotten out of hand.  Take for example, this study in contrasts:

Exhibit A:  Move-in Feb. 2007

Dining room.Kitchen/Dining Room

Exhibit B:  Today!


I want my apartment to be clean—desperately, and yet when I get home I sit on the couch and lay.  Because, after a long day of trying to teach 17 & 18 year olds direct and indirect objects, nothing is better than laying.

And so, the dishes pile up, the trash begins to smell, the bathtub has a nice pink ring around the drain, and everything is covered in a fine layer of dust.  That is until R. and I get so irritated at the mess that we yell at each other for being lazy, sloppy pigs.

Then, we “pick up” and do some very mild cleaning.  The apartment looks somewhat presentable and we are back to thinking each other quite groovy for the next few weeks.  And then, repeat!

I so badly want to get out of this dysfunctional and downright disgusting cycle, but yesterday I found myself lying on the couch clicking through a gazillion NaBloPoMo blogs while the chicken wrapper in the kitchen slowly gave off its unpleasant odor that, likely by the time I get home tonight, will have infested the whole apartment.

How do you get yourself motivated to clean?  Is it an ingrained habit?  Do you reward yourself?  What works?