Well, maybe not THE Devil, and I haven’t quite sold my soul, but it is painful nonetheless. “The Devil” (a.k.a Willie) made a deal with me that if he found somebody to fix my computer for me, and restored it to my desk before he went away on a trip, I’d spring clean (or as I’m in the Southern Hemisphere, “Autumn clean”) the house. In other words I’ll be figuratively, if not literally, wearing the “A clean house is a sign of a broken computer” t-shirt proudly! I’ll have to go way beyond the “lick and a promise”* type cleaning I mostly do.
[*One of my mother’s favourite phrases – which gives you an idea of where I get my ideas on house cleaning from! See origin of phrase here.]
For those of you who have only recently started following this blog, let me explain. Willie is a “neat freak” and I’m well . . . not! Although I like reasonably clean and tidy kitchen and bathroom areas, I’m not too fazed by dust (we live in Africa, there’s lots of dust here!). Or untidiness. Although I (to promote the cause of marital harmony) try to keep the living areas fairly tidy, certain rooms in the house (my office being the main one) are quite frankly, a mess. My desk, for example, has a lot of objects on it that have no bearing on the functioning of an office. Looking around me (as I sit at my desk) I can see medication (mine and the dog’s), hairbrushes, various cosmetics, a mirror, a packet of plasters (I’m accident-prone and like to be ready for an emergency!). Reference books I’ve been consulting are piled in one corner. The last month’s mail and correspondence and receipts are “filed” in a piles on top of the printer and next to the monitor. There are lots of little pieces of paper with notes on them. None of these objects are neatly positioned – it’s as if a mini tornado went through my office and dropped all the items haphazardly in its path.
So I do agree with Willie, something does need to be done. By me. I better stop procrastinating and get started . . .
[Wikipedia has a description of where the concept of “a deal with the Devil” or “Faustian bargain” comes from here.]