As spring is just around the corner, lately I've been trying to reorganize, or organize for the first time some areas of our house. With help from a good friend who has a knack for organization, combined with my effort (because that's all I got in this category) it's slowly coming together. Their bedroom and playroom are done, and hopefully other areas will come together as well. This whole process though has made me keenly aware that I have a condition called Housework A.D.D.
If the world of housework were a classroom, I'd be the kid running around like crazy and getting "you-need-Ritalin" looks from their peers. Yes that is me. I am overawed at people that look at a space of mess and are able to mentally rearrange everything in their minds, knowing where to place every piece of misplaced toy-sock-hanger-hair-tie in it's rightful place.
For me it's absolutely daunting. I feel like I'm going to hyperventilate and my head might explode. A typical day of "cleaning" goes like this:
I'll wash the dishes and notice I need another dry towel to dry off what's in the rack, b/c the one I have is wet. On the way to the linen closet I see Legos all over the floor. I start picking up the Legos and start putting them back in the play pen, while still holding the wet towel. Then I look at the play room and see that the books are all out of the drawers so I start putting away the books. Then I realize "I need to get a dry towel". So I go back to the closet get the dry towel, only to see things out of order in the closet. So I start rearranging the closet. I see that I should put more towels in the bedroom bathroom. While at the bedroom bathroom to add new towels I notice water on the bathroom counter. I wipe it. Now I need new towels b/c the one I have is wet. Then while going back to get another towel I realize I never finished drying off the dishes. So I go back with a dry towel and start drying off the dishes with more dishes left in the sink. I start washing the remaining dishes and drying them. Then I and wonder why my hand hurts. Its because I'm still holding the Lego from earlier with my left hand. I go back and put that Lego back in the play room. While holding a wet towel and the cycle starts again. After a long day the dishes are still in the sink, the playroom is partially clean, the bedroom bathroom has no towel, and the linen closet is somewhat rearranged. I have housework A.D.D. Now I have to wipe off my keyboard, it's all wet and soapy because I was in the middle of washing dishes and then I realized I have housework A.D.D. so I wrote this post. Now back to washing dishes, or was I putting away Legos...?
Seriously though, I now I have no fail system in cleaning. If an area is cluttered with a bunch of miscellaneous things in the wrong place. I have to put everything that does not belong in that space in a large bag. Then I go around the house with that bag putting each item back into place. That way I don't forget why I'm there and what I'm doing. In my daechoong craziness trying to make it one day, one Lego piece, one crayon, one mess at a time.