So Mnemonic wants some playlists to see what galvanizes people to do housework / cooking. I recall a similar question at some point in the past (can’t remember if it was an EOTWQ or one of Tinny’s challenges) asking for a song to do housework to. I do remember the sorely missed Sue / Spotted Rich putting up the most excellent Chamber Bros song above, maybe the best song in the universe. I’m pretty sure that i put up Van Halen’s Dance the Night Away.
Problem for me is this – I don’t really do housework. I don’t cook either. I share a kitchen, bathroom, and smoking and drinking deck with my housemate, we clean up after our own selves. Takes 5 minutes max, neither of us is too terribly anal about it. In addition, we each have 2 rooms to ourselves. Nobody comes in my 2, i don’t see any real reason to clean them. I noticed a bunch of black dust under the bookcase the other day, i swept it up, took about 5 seconds. Don’t see what the problem is. So i think that the cheery song i picked (and the Chambers Bros) are songs that i think would maybe be good to do housework to, but i don’t actually know this. I suspect that they’d be too uplifting, and i’d say, hell with this cleaning thing, i’m going out to enjoy the day. So maybe this is why i don’t do housework. Who knows. It’s boring.
I’m looking over my 2 room castle right now. I moved here in May and my suitcase is still half unpacked on the floor. I have 2 half empty bags of clean laundry on the floor. Dirty clothes in a pile on the closet floor. More clothes on one chair. My work clothes thrown on another. My large dresser top is covered with unopened mail and some empty body lotion bottles i apparently haven’t gotten around to throwing away yet. I have about 10 notebooks scattered on the floor next to my futon bed. There are more bags scattered around on the floor. I have no idea what’s in them, if anything. I don’t really see a problem here, i barely notice it. But i wonder what would happen if i made a playlist that was actually conducive to cleaning up. Maybe i should try it. Maybe the time has come. If not today, then soon. It would also be nice to make a big pot of beef vegetable soup in the fall. That’s a lot of vegetables to chop.
So. Challenge is to make a playlist to do housework or an involved cooking project to. Guidelines – make it as long as you need to to finish the chore at hand. And make it for yourself – one that might actually get you to get the work done.