I hate maintaining things. I prefer to let it all go to pot then sweep in and do a big transformation. It’s much more satisfying.
Yes, maintenance is easier, and I try to clean as I go, but I can’t make myself do it. I’m just not interested.
It’s like the project I worked on here in Spain. I didn’t end
up pruning in the orchard. Instead I reclaimed a three level terrace garden from seven years of neglect. I pulled a mountain of grass, clipped a forest of shrubs and divided a field of irises. I was a one-man garden makeover show. In six days I transformed a savage land into a domestic haven.
Okay, the grasses and clippings pile was big, but not mountainous or forest like and the 300 divided irises fit in three ten by ten gardens, but it did take six days and the result was pretty spectacular (and if I had remembered to take before pictures, you could see the difference).
This sort of thing is why I went into organizing. It’s all about the big changes, the ooh and ahh of seeing it made over. I couldn’t have been given a better task. It’s how I approach almost every physical task in my life. As I’ve talked about many times, I nest in my apartment, letting things build up past disaster, then either because I have someone coming over in twenty minutes, or because I get sick of seeing the place messy, I put everything back to rights and it looks great again.
The key to a successful makeover attitude is to have places for things, even if you don’t put them away right away. A mess stays a mess when you have nowhere to put stuff at organizing time.
And of course if you have others sharing your space with you, being messy in common areas isn’t respectful.
- Procrastination can work, as long as you do get it done before it gets too big of a project.
- If maintenance isn’t your thing, make sure you at least know where things should go, even if you don’t always put them there.