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Ever notice . . .

. . . that messes creep up on you when you aren't looking? Sure, I left one envelope out. And brought that book downstairs. And didn't put away the Swiffer duster, or file those coupons.

The thing is, that no one of those actions is a problem, really, and it wasn't until the cumulative effect of those choices (and, to be fair, several others - things to be filed, sorted, read, discarded, etc.) became sufficiently large to be noticeable that I started to get that agitated, overwhelmed feeling.

You may know the one. The one where you feel things are starting to spiral out of control, only they're all the sort of mind-numbing, time-consuming tasks that caused you to put them off in the first place, so it's hard to muster enthusiasm for tackling so many of them all at once?

Yeah. That's me today.

I'll be off the computer for a while, hoping I can at least clear one surface in my living room and one in my dining room as well.

*le sigh*

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Oct. 18th, 2012 03:00 pm (UTC)
Yep, I hate when this happens (and it happens all too often, for my taste). *sigh* and commiserating (((HUGS)))
Oct. 18th, 2012 07:52 pm (UTC)
Slow and steady. It doesn't actually win this particular race, but it gains headway.
Oct. 18th, 2012 03:24 pm (UTC)
I do this with the dust. My house generally remains tidy while the dust mounts and mounts. With all the high-high ceilings, ceiling fans, and log walls her, even the most rudimentary dusting is a huge task--thus it has to get furry around here before I muster the determination to tackle it. That's coming very soon.
Oct. 18th, 2012 07:53 pm (UTC)
I have been in your house, and I know whereof you speak. I imagine that the walls are a bit of a challenge, because things like a Swiffer duster (which makes that chore a SNAP on smooth surfaces) just start leaving bits of fuzz on rough ones. What do you end up using? An extension vac?
Oct. 18th, 2012 09:10 pm (UTC)
Yup, swiffer, and everything else for that matter, stick the walls. We have to get up on a ladder with a vacuum. We even had a crew come in to do it once, but they didn't do a good job, so we're still doing it.
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Oct. 19th, 2012 03:06 pm (UTC)
I am beginning to suspect that they don't actually exist!
Oct. 19th, 2012 02:47 am (UTC)
You speak my language. That's pretty much me. Every day. It's frustrating.
Oct. 19th, 2012 03:08 pm (UTC)
I have found that if I have one clear surface in each room for my eye to land on, it reduces my stress levels considerably. In the dining room just now, it's the top of a trunk and the sideboard is clear, too. (It's better if it's the table, since that's the largest surface, but it just isn't happening. Yet.) In the bedroom, I make the bed - thus the largest surface is tidy. In the kitchen, I try to keep either the table or a stretch of counterspace clear (or at least tidy). It seems to work wonders.
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