Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Secret to a Clean House is Not Minimalism, It's Netflix

People are weird when it comes to trendy technology things (think social media sites like Facebook, new iPhones, etc).

The first people to try [whatever it is] are always really proud of themselves, like they invented the thing.

And then a whole bunch of people also get [whatever it is], and it's just normal to have it.

And then there are the stragglers, the handful of people who didn't buy in right away who feel left behind and are a little ashamed to admit they haven't jumped on the bandwagon yet. So they quietly jump on the bandwagon.

And THEN, last but not least, there are the one or two people who never did buy in and are super proud of themselves. Like they're morally superior for holding out or something. Like they're better than you because they still have one of those big black bag phones in their car instead of an iPhone 7 in their pocket.

But even they often realize that they were kind of silly for holding out and join everyone else in the end.

Take me, for example. I got Netflix this week--as in, my parents gave me one of their extra accounts over the Christmas break and I signed in and used it for the first time yesterday.

Verdict: Shoulda done it ages ago.

Honestly, I think I was afraid it was going to be a massive time-suck. Like I'd sign in and turn something on and then just never sign out again. If I get Netflix, I surmised, my brain might as well be a potato. But here's something neat: I have some semblance of self-control! And! Zero attention span!

So, last night, instead of sitting on the couch and watching three hours of Netflix, I put a show on in the background and cleaned my entire house.


I swept under the bed. I threw out a bunch of junk. I cleared out the filing cabinet in the office. I put the loose change in a jar. It was like my brain just needed to be distracted enough to not realize my body was working.

So this is why my house has been a disaster and everyone else's hasn't.