For the Love of Chambermaids

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I don’t spend ridiculous amounts of time in lavish hotels just to catch a break from life. I don’t wear furs or flaunt my Patek chronometer (I don’t own one.) I don’t use fancy phrases and blow cigarette smoke in the butlers’ faces as I sashay in my spiffy high-heels. But what must stupefy the staff is my cluttering aptitude.

Everyone that knows me knows I am a cluttering aficionada. I take it to the next level.  Piles spontaneously accumulate at the mention of my name. The chambermaids must gasp and beat their breasts, saying, “How could this be? She was only here one night!”

I learned of this moral weakness the first day I owned a home. Before this, it was my mother’s problem. It clearly did not bother her because she never chased me with an ax for it. That said, it bothers me tremendously. It is a purulent, gaping wound in my character. I have fought it; sincerely resolved never to lay any item on any flat surface again – ever;  been repeatedly hypnotized for it; purchased organizational books and even the specific baskets they recommended; attended AND  taught weekend-long seminars on it; rebuked and cast out the demon of cluttering! And for what?!

First, in my defense, let it be known that at least 40% of my  piles consist of items that do not belong to me. People who call themselves my friends come to my home with their household items and leave them here. They probably then gather to discuss how to lure me to a posh  recovery center  in Beverly Hills.

So this year, I am making my first new year’s resolution in a decade. I am going to embrace my cluttering ways! I will own them and proudly display all labels that go with them. I am everything clutter – seeming chaos and dreadful disarray are an obvious sign of my mental state of mayhem. That is me; sweating bullets as I frantically seek that one sheet of paper that was right here.

Along with that is a cessation of dreams of the high life in profligate hotels. I will save my money and stay home to revel in my piles. I will titter and cackle in celebration of them. No more furs, no more Patek. No more nasty cigarette smoke in people’s faces. No more devastated chambermaids in counseling or having to take their own lavish vacations to recover from my doings. Come to me clutter, mama awaits!

Published by hannahtk

Hannah is a footloose Jesus-girl who enjoys family and friends, writing, painting, calligraphy, speaking and teaching, reading, cooking, gardening...

2 thoughts on “For the Love of Chambermaids

  1. Wonderful! I love your style, both of writing and the clever way you escaped your clutter into hotels! 😀 Haven’t thought of that yet.

    A very pertinent point you’re making there – 40% of your clutter isn’t even your own clutter. Yes, that rings a bell! After 19 years of marriage to a clutterer, being one myself too, I have to admit that actually, most of our clutter isn’t mine either. My clutter is the organized clutter underneath. Hubbs and kids pile theirs on top. 😀 They will one day inherit all their own clutter back when they stride out to make their own way in the world.

  2. I now consider myself in the best of company and feel much better about my own clutter ailment. Thank you, friend.

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