If This Were Easy…


Reason #4: Because I want a Wii

Filed under: cupboards closed, housekeeping, reason — Easy @ 9:00 am

I want a Wii. Really, quite a lot, all things considered. Like, say, that I have a PS2 I only use occasionally.

In order to justify having a Wii, I’d have to invite friends over to hang out and play Wii games.

In order to have friends over to hang out and play Wii games, I would have to keep my house clean enough to have friends over.

That’s where the problem is.

I tend to leave behind a trail of stuff everywhere I go in my apartment like some kind of work-from-home fairy tale character, and the end result is that my house is a disaster zone much of the time. I had it professionally organized last year, and that at least had the advantage of teaching me that it’s possible for my house to be neat — I clean it periodically. But not often enough to just have people come over to hang out.

Keeping my cupboards closed is just a tiny first step towards trying to keep my house cleaner in general.



  1. Well, there are two things that pop out at me here, and both from personal experience.

    1) Do you have any interest in Wii Fit? Jim loved Yourself! Fitness for the XBox. That might be another good reason to get the Wii. Also, using its purchase as a reward for something, like reaching a particular goal of X successful days of doing something or Y days of doing a certain physical activity or Z pounds lost or whatever.

    2) I think you have to look at the having friends over thing from the other way. If you say, “I can’t have friends over until I clean”… well, that’s what it’s usually like, right? How is that different? Whereas if you say, “Okay, I know my friends are coming over on Saturday, OH MY MANTIS, I HAD BETTER CLEAN!” that’s usually a much more pressing motivation. For me, anyways ๐Ÿ™‚

    2A) I find that having “benchmarks,” some sort of set times when I know I have to or want to clean, is really helpful. It helps me let my mind be a little calmer when I don’t have to worry, and it peps me up when I should. For example, my apartment looked and smelled like a dung pile through the end of finals, but after I’d gotten my head screwed back on the next week, I cranked the stereo and got it in good shape. It made such a difference in my mental outlook, and made me feel like the semester (and accompanying craziness) was really over. Or, again, the challenge of setting up a time you know your friends will be over and then making sure you’re ready.

    Incidentally, I’ve been inspired by your wall-standing and adding things a little each day. So good on you for that, and I might just start a little routine myself ๐Ÿ™‚

    Comment by Mads — 2008-05-29 @ 2:09 pm

  2. I do sometimes plan to have people over and will clean for that — but I’d really like to have people over more spontaneously, without feeling like I need 3 days notice to make sure I’ve got time to get everything tidy.

    I don’t know a lot about wii fit. I bought the PS2 originally thinking I would do DDR, and that hasn’t happened, so wii fit would have to be better or easier on my knees or more fun or something before that would work.

    The idea of using it as a reward appeals, though. I need something that isn’t food to reward myself for these things.

    Comment by Easy — 2008-05-29 @ 4:14 pm

  3. When I was in school, I used to clean my dorm room on Friday afternoons, with 3 benefits:
    1. Turning up the music and beating clutter in submission helped me relax.
    2. Putting everything where it belonged made doing homework over the weekend easier because I could find everything.
    3. I could open my door during the weekend and actually have people into my room without the “there’s no room for people in my room” problem.

    Now, I still find that cleaning helps me de-stress, because even if the world is coming to an end, I can still put my markers back in their home.

    Also, if you plan to have people over at least once or twice a week, and clean accordingly, your house will never be far from the 30-minute clean right before your spontaneous guests arrive.

    Comment by sadie — 2008-05-30 @ 6:40 pm

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