Wednesday, October 10, 2007

2 birds...1 stone

I have 2 problems. Well, I'm sure I have more than 2 problems, but I have 2 problems that I am willing to admit and willing to work on.
My first problem is that I do not like to clean. I know that most people do not particularly like to clean, but they do it anyway. I do not like to clean, and I guess my life philosophy has been "if you don't like it, don't do it". And you know what? Being a messy person doesn't even bother me. I don't mind turning around and looking at the tower of scrapbook supplies built on my scrap table. In fact, I kind of enjoy the challenge of trying to remove the item I want to use from the bottom third of the pile. (Remember, I am not much of a risk taker...so this kind of risk is perfect for me; I get my little "rush" and if I fail, the stuff falls on the floor, oh well!) It doesn't bother me too much to go through the pile of clothes on and in front of my dresser and smell something so I can decide if it was supposed to go in the laundry basket or in the closet.
But then there's David. I am Oscar to his Felix...only we are not quite as hilarious. And I think I'm a little bit prettier than Walter Matthau. So, even though I am content with my "problem" it presents a problem.

My other problem... (and if you're reading this blog, this may very well be your problem too!) is that I spend way too much time on the internet. But I recognize that, and I think that's the first step in dealing with the problem. There's just so much interesting stuff to look at! There's my e-mail (okay, not usually so interesting), ScrapVillage, knitting patterns, recipes, crossword puzzles, news articles, song lyrics, funny youtube videos, etc. And, once I get in Ravelry...oh boy. That will be a real time-sucker.

So, how do I propose to minimize these problems? I thought of this idea, and for 2 days, it has worked. In the afternoon when I come home from school, I must do one chore...fold laundry, put away laundry, file papers, clean off the living room tables, vacuum, put away dishes, etc. BEFORE I can allow myself to go on the internet. If I just left it at that, it would improve one of my problems. I'd be doing a chore every day! But no... I want to spend less time on the internet as well... so when I am on the computer after doing my chore, I'm only allowed to visit...hold onto your socks... ONE website! Then, if I want to go to another one, I have to go do another chore. So far, I've washed dishes, folded laundry, put away laundry, put away dishes, hung up a pile of clothes that was in front of my closet (and clothes that had fallen off their hangers into the closet), cleaned off the living room tables, cleaned off the living room chairs and couch (I told you I'm messy!) So, I'm doing more chores, so I can spend time on the computer, but I also reach a point where the lack of desire to clean something overcomes the desire to surf the 'net.
But don't worry...I've decided that my new lifestyle doesn't apply on weekends. Or mornings. Or holidays.

7 comments:

Lee W. said...

Ditto- girl- ditto. When the computer was out for a couple of days I DID NOT know what to do with myself. I didn't realize how much time I spent on the computer. But, I really do accomplish a lot during the day. I surf the net while drinking coffee. Once the morning is over, I have to go do other things. Periodically during the day I get on again, but usually not much. Then again after kids go to bed. This helps me break up all my time on the internet! But I am a junkie!

Susan said...

aack! I couldn't do it! lol!!!
BUT....on Monday I did get 10 minutes internet time for each hour I cleaned house. that seemed to work!

OneScrappyChick said...

hey.. what a brilliant plan!!! I don't let myself onto the net until after dinner... and my "stuff to be done" stuff is done....

Anonymous said...

this is a wonderful plan! and i syffer from both these problems too!
Krista

Anonymous said...

How about you take just 1 whole day and really clean and organize all your stuff-then after that just make yourself put stuff away as it is used or taken out of the dryer. sounds easy! aunt margie

~ alli ~ said...

Hmmm... maybe I should try that. Each time I visit another site, I should do something else around the house. Not necessarily clean, but something else productive. Are you still keeping this up?

scrapper al said...

This is soooooo me! I spend waaaay too much time on the computer and have not figured out a way to stop, lol. P.S. I found you via Susan.

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