Monday, November 26, 2007

Monday Madness...

Housework is something you do that nobody notices until you don't do it. ~Author Unknown

My husband claims I am not organized. This is because he looks at my personal areas in the home and sees clutter (my desk, for instance). He doesn't realize that I know what and where every last bit of paper is, and when it bothers him to the point he tidies it up (usually by stacking everything in one big pile) he doesn't understand why I get angry... It's "neater" isn't it?

I am also very nuts about laundry. When I take off my clothes, they are ALWAYS right side in (unless they need washing inside out, as is the case in very few instances). My socks, my shirts... everything: right side in. My DH? Nope -- and if he's wearing layers, they all come off, together and inside out, and are put in the basket the same way.

DD's fave laundry quirk is taking off her pants, undies and socks all together so that the socks and undies hide inside the pants until it's too late...

If I lived alone, and if I were struck blind tomorrow (no, God, this was NOT a suggestion) I would be able to find anything in my house. I know where my dishes are, I know how I organize my junk drawer. I even fold my underwear (something that mystifies my husband who, before we were married didn't own a dresser, just two laundry baskets: clean and dirty).

The odd thing is this: My DH considers ME the untidy one. He believes my clutter is a "mess" and will stuff it places -- not where it belongs (in the closet, the drawer, the nightstand), just off the flat spaces so that things look neat.

Our house is frighteningly tidy. He and I compliment each other -- where I am neat, he is not. And vice versa. It may create frustration on both our parts, but it does make the house look good!

What about you? Organized? Tidy? A pack rat? Clutterbug?


I have given up the ghost on my NaNo endeavor... that said, I really, really enjoy the story I'm writing, so it will be completed. Just not by the end of November. That frustrates me to no end, as I am all about setting and reaching goals. I probably could have done it if I had had the occasional day alone with no DD or DH around. That just never happened. And, DH was here more than he was gone -- he took many, many days off for hunting season, and then frequently decided to NOT hunt and hung around home.

I'm sad. It's the first time I haven't "won" at NaNo... *sniff*


You Are 65% Real

You know who you are, and you're pretty darn comfortable with yourself.
Like everyone, you struggle with the parts of yourself that aren't so great...
But you're good at accepting who you are and not dwelling on your faults.
As a result, you're confident, optimistic, and very real.


Allie Boniface said...

Ha! Your hubby and mine sound a lot alike...what's up with not separating the layers of clothes for the laundry? I love finding t-shirts inside sweatshirts or boxers inside jeans only *after* I've washed everything.

And yes, I'm the organized one. Over-the-top organized...

Ceri said...

I wish I could say I was organized. I'm not. I'm a definite clutterbug which drives my DH crazy. He's definitely the neat one. I guess when I come home from work I'd rather get to writing than to cleaning.

Sorry to hear that you've given up on Nano too. Oh well, there's always next year. :)

Sarita Leone said...

Tidy. Ridiculously, compulsively neat. But SHH!!...don't tell anyone, all right? ;-)

Mel said...

I'm untidy, but the only thing I'm a clutter bug about are my books. I could chuck everything else, but not my books.

Melissa said...

Hugs on the Nano, but you did great and you now have a great book to finish.

This is the most I've ever written for it so I'm thrilled, but due to deadlines and such I've never been a position to actually write for the entire month of November. I look forward to trying that someday.

I'm so untidy it's scary. Clutter does not bother. Dirt does. But with all the clutter, I still know where everything is. My floor is now covered with pages of ms. that I've revised. I won't through anything away or move it until the book is off because I know where each revision layer is in the pile (okay, mess) in case I need to go back to something.

Tori Lennox said...

I used to be very organized. No longer, alas. Now I'm a major packrat.

I'm 55% Real

You're pretty real with people, but you can't help hiding a good part of yourself.
You're not truly happy with who you are at times... and believe it or not, it shows.
Try not to hide parts of your life from the people who matter to you.
Your friends and family are probably a lot more accepting than you realize!

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

I'm not a pack rat, but I'm untidy, too. When I lived alone, though, I was pretty darned neat.

Dru said...

I'm organized and tidy.

I'm glad that you're enjoying writing your story for NaNo. The number of words you've written is a winner in my eyes.

I'm 74% Real

You know who you are, and you're pretty darn comfortable with yourself.
Like everyone, you struggle with the parts of yourself that aren't so great...
But you're good at accepting who you are and not dwelling on your faults.
As a result, you're confident, optimistic, and very real.

Have a good evening.

Bailey Stewart said...

I'm 54% real, same as Tori.

There's a law in my family that no flat surface shall remain uncluttered. Like you, on my messy desk I know where everything is.

Brandy said...

I am neat to a painful degree. Clutter makes me nuts. Hubs is a total SLOB. Total. It drives me batty, but after almost 15 years I just pick up after him the way I do the kids.

I am 86% Real.
"There's hardly a person on this earth more real than you are.
You have no problem showing people who you are, flaws and all.
For you, there couldn't be any other way. Because it's way too stressful to live an inauthentic life.
You're very comfortable with yourself. And because of this, you're able to live an exciting, interesting, and challenging life."
I don't know about the exciting part. *g*

Have a good evening!

groovyoldlady said...

I am very clean and tidy -even dust the baseboards, I do. Vacuum the dead bugs out of the light fixtures, rearrange the drawers. BUT I do toss my clothes onto the floor of my closet, I do leave dishes stacked in the drainboard and if I'm "creating", be it writing or crafting, then everything else gets totally ignored, including supper.

My NaNo went NoNo too, but I didn't really expect to finish by the deadline. I do like my story though, so I'm going to call it my winter project and keep plugging away at it while the dust bunnies run riot.