Sunday, January 27, 2013

Messy homes, clear minds, and Sofia Coppola's office



Every once in a while, typically on a Sunday, my brain goes into over-drive and I start panicking about the weekend having slipped away and the living room floors still not having been vacuumed. Why didn't I do it, how much can I accomplish in just 15 minutes before going to bed?! I feel so deeply disappointed in myself, honestly. There is something very traditional (tell me... is it Eastern European?...) about this way of being. We were always so preoccupied about keeping a clean house... because what would people think?!

My mother always used to say that before you start doing anything meaningful or creative, you had to make sure your space is clean. How could you think clearly if there was dirt and chaos around you. So I would clean but often never get to the creative part because I'd be too drained or bored after having done my chores.

The image above is from Sofia Coppola's office. Can you believe the mess?!

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  1. I enjoy and even need a healthy dose of mess. A home is a home, and not a museum after all. But the one pictured above is a little too much for me.

    Maybe that's why I have my job and she has ... well ... hers.

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    1. It's a constant struggle for me. I don't want to get stressed out about it, but I do like things in order. Our rule is not to tolerate dirt but to be less strict about mess.

      So many rules.

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  2. Well, the man was created in the huge mess of the primal soup. If this is not creation I don't know what is. Not that I can live in such chaos but the cleaning is the greatest punishment for the human kind. It's not a prelude to creation, it's disposing of creation's wastes. Besides... There is no life in a clean house :)

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    1. One of my friends shared this book with me:

      Perfectly Kept House is the Sign of A Misspent Life: How to live creatively with collections, clutter, work, kids, pets, art, etc... and stop worrying ... Worrying About Everything Being Just Right!

      http://www.amazon.de/Perfectly-Kept-House-Sign-Misspent/dp/0847833658/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=LNHM0P9H928I&coliid=I2YDHMUW46500S

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  4. i do think it's eastern-european :)
    btw someone once told me they had a rule never to clean/do housekeeping stuff on weekends (cause they basically steal it). just find another time, weeknights, mornings or smth. i think that's an awesome rule! :)

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    1. That's great advice! My friend (who is half-Cuban) told me that you should spend 15 minutes each day doing house-stuff. You do what you can in a set period of time and you are done. You feel good that you did SOMETHING and don't stress because you can take it back up the next day.

      I *REALLY* like the idea of not doing house-work on weekends!!!

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  5. Totally Eastern European:) This was the first thing my French husband noticed and commented about me when we started living together. Now he cleans even more than me:) Seems it is contagious:)

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    1. He noticed that your house is clean or that you clean a lot?

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    2. He noticed I clean constantly and he said it stressed him a lot. Now he is doing the same:)

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