Monday, March 30, 2009

dog days

Spring break is but a distant memory. To ring in the return to routine, we have snow.

I had dog sitting duty this morning as the dog sittee family won't be returning until this evening and Wolfgang had to catch his bus for school. I'm the substitute dog sitter. Now this is a nice family up the street. Moved here about the same time we did. They have three boys just like we do. The kids play together a lot. The mom and I are friends, but just between us and the intnernet hacks, I'm a little wary of the dad. He's nice, almost too nice, know what I'm sayin'? Like "fake" nice.

But anyway, one thing I noticed on this week of pet sitting is... their house is kinda... cluttered. And I have this thing about clutter. Like I'm a clutterphobe or something. Every time I go there, I have this strong urge to straighten and purge.

But I don't.

And it's not all that bad. I have seen worse *shudders at the memories*. My parents' house for example. Now, they're not messy people. In fact, they're quite tidy. They just canNOT throw ANYthing away. I'm sure that's where the roots of my clutterphobia lie.

I dunno. Maybe they're right. You never know when you might need a cleaned out sardine can. Or a few dozen.

I have yet to encounter such a time, however.


terri said...

I wonder if it's a generational thing. My parents too... they're not messy, but can't seem to throw anything away. During the early years of my marriage, I saved all twist-ties. I amassed quite a collection. Then one day I asked myself why. Why was I saving these twist ties. I could never possibly use them all. Why? Because my parents saved such things. That was the end of my collecting.

Husbands Anonymous said...

I frequently come across boxes that haven't been opened sine we moved houses, 6 years ago... Papers, papers, papers.
Three year old baby gifts we got for Jonah.
You're welcome to pop over with a trash can and some rubber gloves.

Judy said...

Definitely a generational thing - my grandmother uses paper napkins until they are absolutely in shreds, and she washes out baggies. And, heaven forbid you use more than two squares of tp at her place...yep.

brandy101 said...

omg, my parents are keepers of anything and everything, too. I am not much better. Now and again I do small-scale puges throughout the house but our attic is literally packed to the rafters. I gotta work on my purging skills.

Goes by the name of Anna said...

Ha - it's a good thing that you can't see my desk...

Nobody else in my family clutters, but I single-handedly clutter enough for all them!