But she helped clarify some things for me. There really are "cleanies" out there who have this orderliness in their brains that would send most of us into convulsions.
Am I organized? Am I clean? Am I obsessive about it? no. no. and no.
But I have basic order, basic cleanliness and mild fits of obsession. But I'm not a "cleanie".
Cleanies have this internal network of what to do in order to make it clean all of the time.
The best I can hope for is the status of a "reformed messie". A messie has chosen a different path from which she is naturally geared for.
And the cleanies say, "Whaaaaaaa? Everyone has to have this internal cleanie thing, because it is so natural and easy for me; therefore, it must be for everyone."
I never said cleanies were perfect and not myopic. They typically get an A+ in myopia. And that is one thing that makes them good cleanies!
But as far as messies are concerned, there are brands.. shades if will.. of messies. While I don't want you to miss the opportunity to get the book and figure your brand out for yourself, I'll just entertain you by giving you "my brand" of messy.
Probably the worst offender for me is: being the old fashioned messy. The old fashioned messy just loves doing things the old fashioned way, just for the fun of it. Being Old Fashioned creates clutter from equipment, mess from more things going on at once, and chaos from extra steps.
In fact, we are old fashioned in so many ways! I like old fashioned cooking, sewing, schooling, crafting, and entertaining ourselves. Will likes old fashioned things like woodworking, do-it-yourselfing, and reading tons of books.
So, there are reasons for our old fashioned-ness. It's not just about eccentric! I am inclined to think that God is in our old fashioned ways, to some extent, at least.
So, I have choices to make, don't I? I can give up being a 1920's housewife, OR I can find ways to cope with my old fashioned ways. At this stage of the game, I'm just finding ways of coping, since I like all that junk. Yes, I have modern things going on around here, despite all prior evidence to the contrary. But I am choosing to remain a messy in this way, for now at least.
And that is probably while I blitz. I do have to live in this century--internet anyone? dishwasher? dryer? (these are very important inventions!)
If you haven't seen or heard of the blitz, click around here and get with the program. It's the only way I live in several decades at once!
Makes my home sing with moms the word.