The Crazy Suburban Mom: The clutter law of unintended consequences

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The clutter law of unintended consequences

There is progress happening but sometimes I have to stop. Breathe.  And  assess what I think is going on (Bins bad. Shelving good. for example), what I assumed was true about clutter, and what I have found out is true.

And maybe if I do things differently, just maybe, I will have a different outcome this time.  Meaning, when I am done my life will not devolve into entropy again.

Entropy was the one graspable concept from Physics For Art Students, a class I took back when you wrote with sticks and twigs on stone tablets. It's the measure of disorder in a closed system. Or bits of randomness.  Or organization versus disorganization.


Sounds  clutter related to me...

Moving away from physics (far away) and on to the laws of clutter.  When you begin to dig through the rubble and the - Oh, I can't part with that - I need it -  stuff you've been ignoring forever, it all starts banging for attention.

Literally. Banging.



And the next thing you know you have a new one of these.

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And the fiberglass sink you've successfully ignored every single  day for the last five years suddenly becomes a constant thorn reminding you how bad the house looked a week ago and you know the  house will never seem clean if you don't get a new sink which isn't gonna happen.

 And also fiberglass cleaners don't work, by the way, and how do you clean those sinks anyway?

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I hate that sink.

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On a more positive note...

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The left side of my kitchen is way cleaner.

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As is the right.

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But this is today's unintended consequence...

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The backslash.  

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I'm asking myself, do I like it anymore?

And answering, Tracy - You're sick of it....

And do I even like the gold anymore?  And wow, I would sure like a turquoise kitchen because it's so me and it would really lend it's self to my retro finds and I happened to be on Twitter the other day and saw this come through from @ChiefHomeDesign

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And that didn't help.  Well, it helped but ya know...now I'm all, When do we paint?  And my family is all smacking their foreheads and ready to get a hotel room while I paint the house.

By myself.

Again.


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12 Comments:

Vonlipi 3/31/10, 9:34 AM  

While I'm so with you on the turquoise, I find myself thinking why would your family be enjoying themselves in a hotel room while you paint the entire house by yourself? It would go so much faster with additionnal arms and hands...Is the craziness a factor here? Enquiry minds want to know. If it is what it is, then I understand. When I become rich I will send you monies so you hire a bunch of painter. Don't hold you breath, not rich yet...

Babes Mami 3/31/10, 10:33 AM  

Omg you have counters!! Haha...yay progress. I love turquoise oh they used to make these sheets of mini tiles, they were teal, sea green and turqoise sea glass...soooo pretty.

Babes Mami 3/31/10, 10:33 AM  

And why would your family run? OCD?

The Crazy Suburban Mom 3/31/10, 10:56 AM  

Ohhh, okay about the running away. Well, normally I paint when they go to the beach in the summer. I don't want anyone around and sometimes I change colors mid-stream and it makes everyone nervous when a rooms a few colors till its done. Plus I will be on my way to the paint store and someone will say what color are you going to get? and I will say, dunno yet.

And my family thinks if Im on my WAY to the paint store I should already know.

So I like to paint by myself.

And alone.

The Crazy Suburban Mom 3/31/10, 10:58 AM  

And counters Babes, yeah I know :) I actually always had viewable counters... Its just when the declutter hit the fan everything was omg everywhere!!

Tara Beaulieu 3/31/10, 11:30 AM  

I say go for it- I currently have 15 color swatches on my dresser drawer- all in shades of turquoise LOL. If I could do it over (that is if I had the steam to do it over) I'd do a my kitchen turquoise and white instead of green and white. Paint is relatively easy and cheap- why not give it a whirl! Oh and if you want a new backsplash, the tiles that Babes Mami talked about are on eBay... (ask me how I know LOL) Oh the links I could send you to things on my watch list!...

iheartbowheads.blogspot.com 3/31/10, 11:55 AM  

Wow looks like you are doing great! I am on a mission over here - been freecycling like a crazy person :)

Maureen 3/31/10, 1:04 PM  

How fabulous!

The Crazy Suburban Mom 3/31/10, 1:16 PM  

Well, the other thing is also do I want to redo the back splash? I painted that first and am kind of attached to it but probably most sick of it.. And the faux finish thing on the other side with the brown paper? omg cant even get that off, Im getting tired now

Lin 3/31/10, 6:34 PM  

Do you have any money for this project?? 'Cuz I'd be putting up some funky little tiles on that backsplash--you know--with a little turquoisey touch.

And I like to paint, so if you need me to come over or anything.....

J Sedai 3/31/10, 6:58 PM  

oooo pretty new faucet!! and great job in the kitchen!! I'd want to tile it up with all sorts of retro colors! (or at least a tile feel with paint blocking some how, then you dont have to commit to ONE color mwuahahahaha!)

OLLIE MCKAY'S ~ A Chic Boutique 3/31/10, 9:37 PM  

If turquoise is what you're all about ~ then go for it!! Your kitchen should be an extension of WHO you are! Have fun and Happy WW!

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