Saturday, January 8, 2011

My mind's been hacked!

I had no intentions of cleaning my desk this week. Really. I intended to get my room clean (done), get the dishes washed (done), and do a general tidy up of the living room and dining room (also done). That was quite enough, I thought.

Then I stumbled upon this post, and my mind has not been the same since.

I thought about it for a day or so. I imagined my room clean and tidy, and it was so. I imagined my kitchen clean and tidy, and it was so. I tried to ignore the desk, preferring to leave it until next week, so I could enjoy some quality time with my Sims and Neopets, but the darn video is invasive. First the garbage disappeared. Along about the time the dishes got washed, the dirty dishes disappeared. Papers started magically sorting themselves. Books moved back to the bookshelf (or the floor, since I haven't begun to tackle that area of the office in my mind yet). Pens got put in the little desktop holder I have. I now know where all my post-it notes are. And finally today, the dust disappeared and the desk was clean!

It's not really magic. I've just found a way to make my mind work for me. Now instead of imagining the work I have to do, I imagine the "Ahhhh!" feeling I'll get when the work is done.

And it works! Even the goldfish tank, which in the last couple of months had reverted to its algae-ridden glory, is now sparkling clean!

And I'm feeling quite happy--it seems to me that the scales have tipped, and that order is spreading throughout my house. This week, I'm going to ask Ally to lend me the camera so that I can post proof of my progress.


  1. Hmmm, I cleaned my desk last week and the wretched piles came back with reinforcements. Perhaps I need to try it your way. . .no telling what sort of treasure lies under the tiara-topped sock pile on the corner!

  2. Did you click on the link, Amy? Not only did my desk get clean, but by gosh, it's staying that way thanks to the mindworm...

  3. LOL--I haven't clicked yet, Ruth. I have the dreaded dialup at home and we would be old, old people before it loaded. I keep meaning to go to it at work, but it seems like my mind is running a day or two behind my body lately and I keep forgetting.

  4. I love a clean house. I do my best. But it's not me that's the problem!'s the Little One and the husband. UGH! My husband's a great help cleaning when we're expecting a guest or something, but the normal picking up and straightening's like he doesn't notice the dishes piling in the sink. How much more difficult would it be to put the dirty dish in the dish washer than in the sink? lol. But...there are other things more important, so I do the best I can, do a massive cleaning once every week or two, and let it go. :)

    Glad the method is working for you, though!