Sunday, February 17, 2008

Tidy-up time

Are you like me and find, no matter how hard you try, tidiness is not a natural trait? Stuff - bizarre combinations of stuff - accumulates in precariously listing stacks on every flat surface. It threatens to spill and engulf. It is the stuff of dreams following an evening's cheese eating. It's Tidy-Up Time.

It's the same with memes - they're beginning to stack up too. A bit of organisation is called for.

Firstly elizabethm tagged me with this book meme:

  1. Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages).
  2. Open the book to page 123.
  3. Find the fifth sentence.
  4. Post the next three sentences.
  5. Tag five people.

The book is Jane Gardam's 'Old Filth' and the extract is as follows:

'Upstairs. I still hear her stick thumping on the floor for the commode. Sometimes I start heating up her milk.'

Not much to go on there. It was a charity shop purchase and it will be returned next time I go into town. The best thing about the book I think is the acronym for Filth - Failed in London Try Hong Kong. I certainly didn't find it 'A magnificent, deeply moving and compassionate portrait of an era and a sentimental education' as the Daily Mail's reviewer did.

Secondly Bodran asked for 6 household hints. Hmm. I'm still thinking about these as housewifery isn't a strong point. Anyway here goes:
  • Do things immediately when they need doing - otherwise they multiply, get lost and inevitably get worse. This certainly includes tidying up and filing. I suppose it's the 'stitch in time' philosophy.
  • We've found that not having carpets has reduced the amount of vacuuming......and I've not cleaned a bath for 3 years - mainly because we don't have one though.
  • We write dates on eggs so we know which order to use them in. I guess this only applies if you have your own hens.
  • Vinegar and newspaper are good for cleaning windows.
  • To avoid a fishy smelling kitchen insist that husband/whoever cooks kippers in the garden.
  • Civit-Bang doesn't shift those pesky memes....
If you feel inclined - consider yourself tagged!


Anonymous said...

Done them both!! Tidying up is definitely a weakness for me but I think your tips are very useful.

Crystal xx

Pondside said...

Careful, Mountainear, or you will turn into a neatnick!!! I've always wanted one of those around the house. When I read your blog title I laughed, because I was just about to sit down to write about tidying! Would love to hear more about the trip to London.

Pondside said...

OK - now I feel dumb! I've just read your previous blog re your trip to London. I am SO envious! I'll go to the cashmere sweater site and drool. I'll go to the map/print site and drool - one of my favorite things is old maps and city views. That's what I brought home as my major souvenire from South America - an old etching of an elevation of Montevideo from the early days. My engagement gift from the Great Dane all those years ago was a book of old maps!

WesterWitch/Headmistress said...

Thank you for the memes

Actually I tidy up when I lose something - which is quite often - that seems to work.

Not been tagged for either and thank you but not looking to be tagged . . .so will run away now

lampworkbeader said...

Sounds like you are having a bit of a spring clean....

Mopsa said...

It's so much easier to be a household slut.

bodran... said...

I seem to collect piles! Piles on the sides! piles on the table and Piles in the garden [of old carpet at the moment] name it i've a pile there!! oop's except for the obvious ps you must have had a major clearup before we arrived or where they all banished to the mud room?

snailbeachshepherdess said...

One of OUR resolutions was to get rid of clutter from this hillside far so good ...two trailer loads to the amenity site or whatever it is now...getting ready for the next one now!!

Diary Farmer said...

I've turned to page 123 of the nearest book - there's just a picture of a huge tractor. Does that count?
As for piles of papers etc. There are times when I can hardly find my computer that is until D comes along!!

elizabethm said...

I know just what you mean about tidiness. I just about hang on to order elsewhere but papers are my downfall. hate filing with a passion. Sounds like the Jane Gardam is not a recommendation!

mutterings and meanderings said...

Messy house, creative mind. That's what I always tell myself anyway!

Cait O'Connor said...

Good tips.
Remember dull women have immaculate homes.