Monday, August 9, 2010

Lazy Excuse

"The only advantage of not being too good a housekeeper is that your guests are so pleased to feel how very much better they are."
Eleanor Roosevelt


Thank You Eleanor.  Reading the words above made me realize that the sight of my living room does not have to be a source of embarrassment but.  Instead, with great pride, I will view it as a gift to other homemakers.  You see, anyone who visits my house is bound to feel better about their own house and their own housekeeping skills.  All this time I have viewed myself as lazy and unworthy - when, in reality, I m acting in a selfless manner- helping the housekeepers of the world.

Think about it.  When you visit a home that is clean, organized and inviting, does it make you feel good about yourself?  No - it makes you feel inferior.  It fills your mind with visions of closet organizers, vacuum cleaners and windex.  It makes you feel like moving furniture and shaking out rugs.  That is a BAD state of mind.

On the other hand, when you see baskets of clothes waiting to be put away, dishes in the sink, toys scattered across the floor and various papers covering every surface, it makes you feel great about your own house. I mean, when you sit on a chair only to find a TV controller sticking into your butt,  it makes you feel like you actually could invite people over without a two week notice.  And, be honest, when you see something really disgusting - like a dead mouse or an old soiled diaper on the floor - it makes you feel like Martha Stewart.

So, even though I could put that pile of clothes in the drawers or sort through the jumbled papers and file them away, I wont.  I mean, while I had planned to clean litter boxes, sweep floors, wash dishes and pull weeds - I think I will play a little Farmville instead.  I will do this for you.

I would never want to make anyone feel substandard.  It would hurt me deeply to know that I had caused another human being to think they needed to work harder than they already do.  My goal is bring a sense of pride to others, no matter what housekeeping level they have achieved.

So, I make this promise to you.  The next time you come to my house, it will make you experience so much pride in your own house that you will want to come back again and again.  I am giving up the little bit of housework I currently maintain.  I do this as a gift to you.

You're Welcome!

(I bet if I give up showering and teeth brushing I could encourage even more people's self-esteem - something to consider, ay?)


  1. Too funny! I was watching "Hoarder, Buried Alive" and I started cleaning!!! Now I know all I have to do is come visit you to get insentive to clean!!! LOL

  2. I swear we must be twins separated at birth! I never realized that my messiness was really just another shining example of my love for my fellow man! Now when I walk past (and by walk past, I mean climb over) the mountain of laundry in my room, I can actually smile instead of mentally beating myself up. Thanks!!

  3. Oh, so many people I have helped over many years of not cleaning perfectly! My guests must feel so much better about themselves after a visit. Much like I feel when I watch Hoarders. I look around my messes and think I'm not doing so bad afterall!

  4. the mess doesnt bother me as so much as the shitty food that surrounds you and contaminates your zen or dosha or chi or what ever you want to call it. If you want to lose weight cut the crap out, grow your own food, eat raw veggies and fruit and eat lots of protien and you will lose weight like crazy. Losing weight is easy for men, i know we have faster metabolism but try hard to go organic and eat clean and you will do ok. I recommend researching acid/alkaline food, salt/ potassium balance and to read articles on the best site i have ever come across for real information not some mainstream western medical crap. Also some other tips are to avoid dairy, wheat and soy as they are commonly allergic to us without us knowing, just like how most of us live life constantly dehydrated. also make sure you exercise or you will get muscle pain and arthritis as your joints harden when your still.