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Slob Vision

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Hmmmm.  How to define Slob Vision . . .

Basically, I don’t see incremental mess.  I see neat and tidy spaces and horrendously messy ones.

The in-between?

Not so much.

Here’s ONE example.

I can walk by my kitchen sink and think . . . “Hmmm.  There are a few dishes in the sink.  But the kitchen looks pretty good.  And there really aren’t enough dirty dishes to justify the time it would take.  Or the water.  Or the hassle.  I should wait until there are enough dirty dishes to justify going to all that effort.”

The next time I see the sink, the dishes are piled up past the top.

At that point, I think . . . “Ugh.  I have to do the dishes.  But there are so many.  I do NOT have the time right now to stop everything and spend forEVER doing dishes.”

And I go back to whatever really-important thing I was doing.

The next time I see dishes in the sink?

It’s while I’m washing five individual forks in the inch-and-a-half of space between the bottom of the faucet and the top of the pile.

Five forks that we need to be able to eat dinner.

Right then.

At that point, I have to spend hours (literally) cleaning the kitchen.

That . . . is Slob Vision.  It’s not seeing the mess as it grows, only after it has grown, spread, and completely taken over.

This condition is why I have to implement routines that help me keep my home in order in spite of Slob Vision.  It’s why I had to make running the dishwasher every night a non-negotiable task.

Because I have Slob Vision, “doing the dishes” can’t be a decision. 

So I took away that decision.

My daily habit of running the dishwasher every night and emptying it every morning is a non-negotiable, so there’s no decision to make.

In the evening, I have to run my dishwasher.  I might look at it and think, “There really aren’t enough dishes to justify running the dishwasher, but I don’t have a choice.   I run my dishwasher every night.  I might as well look around the kitchen again and see if there’s anything else I could put in there.”

And . . . there are usually more dishes on the counter.  So I put those dishes in the dishwasher.

And my kitchen looks better.

Yet, the dishwasher still may not look completely full.

BUT . . . there’s no decision to be made.  I run the dishwasher every night.  So I go look around the house for stray dishes.

And I generally find a few. 

And my whole house benefits from this non-negotiable habit. 

By this time, the dishwasher IS full.  It makes complete sense to run it.

If this was a daily decision instead of a non-negotiable habit, I would have stopped back when I emptied the sink.

Acknowledging that I suffer from Slob Vision doesn’t mean I excuse my messy home.  Instead, I find ways to create habits that help our home run smoothly in spite of my condition.

Make sense?

Oh, and if you’re not convinced that Slob Vision is a real thing, I’ve shared one piece of irrefutable evidence before.  You should watch it.

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