Vexen Crabtree 2015


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Sociology, Theology, Anti-Religion and Exploration: Forcing Humanity Forwards

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Vexen Crabtree 2015


On one hand, I regard my militant feelings about tidiness and cleanliness as an indication that I do strive to make my life as good as possible. A clean house makes people inwardly more happy.

On the other hand, it is a flaw, because I "notice" mess more than most people. So when I live with people with a students' attitude to cleanliness, I'm off-key and out of sync.

So I try to incorporate cleaning into my RSI excersices/breaks. I have to take frequent breaks, and a half hour break every 2 hours, so I use this time to clean things up around the house (there's enough mess, believe me, that I could it forever!). So I try to justify that I'm housekeeping for my housemates by saying that instead I'm just making myself happy in my half hour breaks. It works most the time!

I'm always torn between either trying to accept that my ideals are too high and ignoring mess, and being slightly unhappy, or trying to coerce my housemates into adopting some standards, and me feeling horrible about moaning at them.

But anyway... I said all this to Orin a day or two ago whilst feeling bad after writing my last entry which appeared to blame it all on him!

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Whilst I think you do let mess get to you too much, it does seem in your mind there are 'two sides' of people in the house, you who wants absolute cleanliness, and the rest of us who don't give a damn. This is not true. We all tolerate different levels of cleanliness, Robin gets annoyed if things get too bad and clean stuff up, and I for one would prefer the house to be cleaner too, the level its at at the moment is not the level I would default to if I lived on my own.

I think just as Orin has to make concessions to doing more housework, you might have to make concessions to things being slightly messier than youd like. The houe can be cleaner than it is, without having to reach your ideal level.

IMO things are allowed to be untidy, so long as they're clean :)

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