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January 12, 2005

Brilliant New Domestic Strategy

So here's my brilliant new strategy for addressing a messy apt that I may or may not be entirely responsible for.

When Jonah comes home and says, "Oh my god, the house is so messy!" I say, "I KNOW!!!!" and then nothing.

This approach communicates that I am in total agreement with him and that I am also incredulous at the mess and how it could have happened. The silence then caps it off by implying that I had nothing to do with the mess and make no promises of cleaning.

I am a born housewife.

Moments after the cleaning lady has left:


Other times:



good god-- why haven't I thought of this! usually I say-- I know and it's all my crap (from crafting, dressing, living, etc). John doesn't collect nearly as much crap as I do. Now I will just say, "I Know!" KISS principle rocks.

Posted by: yay dogs! at January 12, 2005 12:32 PM

Is that a drop-down ceiling?

Posted by: Bob at January 12, 2005 1:58 PM

Tell me about it. I have the same situation. I can keep things in their place but my wife is in constant motion using and leaving things everywhere.

So I have come up with a solution. I have these boxes. Everytime some mess piles up with stuff out of its place I just throw it into these boxes. So far she keeps saying stuff is disappearing.
And like you said, I say "I know."

Posted by: Mr.Incredible at January 12, 2005 2:27 PM

Andrea - the pics are hilarious! This is exactly me. The top one is how our place looks when people come over and the bottom one is when no one's coming over for quite awhile!

Mr. Incredible - totally agree about the boxes thing. Any project I start gets a box. Everything goes in the box. Then the boxes get stacked up in our spare bedroom. Here's the plus side: you always have a project to work on and it is already all boxed up for you!

Posted by: Crystal at January 19, 2005 4:34 PM
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