Friday, April 04, 2008

Step by step

Things have not been good at apato Cakehole. First I was sick and then I was struck down with a major case of can't-be-arsed-itis.

Piece by piece things are coming back together. My apartment got into a Terrible State, from which I am still trying to rescue it. I'm working on the theory of cleaning one room a day, and hoping that by the time the whole place is finished the first room won't be messy again. So far I have the living room and the kitchen under control, bathroom and bedroom to go. Last weekend I decided to have a proper clear out of my kitchen shelves and get rid of all the old cutlery/glasses my predecessor left me and rearrange it to look nicer. There is a severe lack of surface space in my, and indeed in all, Japanese kitchens, so the things I don't use had to be done away with.

Have I mentioned the hatred I feel for the Japanese trash sorting system? If not I have been sadly neglecting my duties. They have 12 different categories for sorting out your rubbish, and then four different types of collection days. I have several issues with this ridiculously complicated system (seriously, Britain only introduced compulsory recycling a few years ago, and it took me long enough to get to grips with what was going where then) my biggest one being that I have trouble figuring out which items to put in which type of rubbish, and when to leave it out. I have a list, but there are so many things that aren't on it. Cutlery, for example, has no section. Knives do, but all other kitchen utensils apparently don't exist. Also, I know that regular (burnable) trash goes out Mondays and Thursdays, but the other three types have completely different dates. Some of them seem to come the first Tuesday of the month, but then the first Tuesday this month was April 1st, so they didn't (maybe they will next Tuesday?), and I thought 'recyclable resources' came on Fridays but my cardboard boxes were still there on Friday afternoon, even though they (should of?) been picked up Friday morning.

I asked one of the teachers in the staffroom. "I don't live in the city so I have different days. It is a little bit of a serious problem for you". Truer words were never spoken.

I have now come up with a very good system. I put any rubbish I have in bags, and put everything out on the regular Monday/Thursday pick up day. I ensure that any items with my name or address are thoroughly destroyed before throwing them away. The bin men then take the bags because they have no way of knowing who left it at the pick up point and therefore cannot track me down to give it back for resorting, and they cannot leave the bags there because the weather is getting warmer and it will attract bugs.

The system works.

With every room I clear I feel a little piece of sanity coming back. I'm trying really hard to cut down on sugar/snacking right now, I tend to go nuts in the evening. Even if I'm eating all night I want it to be real food. Once I've got the sugar out my system I'll look into cutting down the evening eating altogether.

Once my house is clean I'm going to start exercising again, especially now I have a DVD player hooked up to my TV instead of just my laptop.

This might be why I've been dragging my feet on finishing the cleaning.


Grumpy Chair said...

Goodness I miss you. Sounds like you are decluttering and house cleaning (a good thing) so I know all is well.

Years ago, when we were living in Oklahoma, the city passed out new trash bins to everyone (one each family) then charged us an outrageous monthly fee for the bin. They would only pick up trash in their city approved bin (Socialism I tell you!).

Lillian said...

We have the one bin thing where I live in New Hampshire. When I was decluttering, I have had to spread the garbage out so it could be picked up. I left bags and bags in my garage as I clean the stuff left behind from my honey's soon-to-be exwife. She couldn't houseclean if her life depended on it. It took me almost nine months to get all the garbage taken away

Scale Junkie said...

Nice to see you posting! Honestly, trash sorting would make me crazy too. It must be really difficult with such limited space they have in homes over there.

Decluttering the bedroom is on the list this weekend....if I don't post on Monday, send a search party!

Erin said...

I absolutely hate hate hate cleaning...and with three kids, a dog, and a messy husband, I never seem to get it all done in one day! I could clean two hours each day and my house would still be a mess!

I couldn't stand having to sort garbage, though I do now recycle milk jugs and cardboard, it's too much sometimes and it goes out about one time in 6 chances, but it still goes out!

Good luck with cleaning and I'll be sticking around to see your updates!

Ready Maid said...

Hope you're finished with your grubby cleaning and sorting tasks. Surely you feel better now.

Come back, come back!

Grumpy Chair said...

I still miss you. Thank you for your sweet comment about the littler ruler of the roost.