Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Playing a computer game got my closet cleaned!

 Oh, yes, I am shamelessly addicted to a mind-numbing computer game. So addicted that this game constantly calls my name...seducing me to play until my neck feels like it will break and my wrist cries uncle. Rather than worry about this addiction though, I am using it as an incentive to tackle the cleaning projects I kept putting off.
   Maybe a "grown-up" should be ashamed to admit the need for some sort of dangling carrot to get motivated, but hey, where's the shame in a clean closet? Each time I leveled up in the game, I made myself go remove/clean one section of my closet.
   As I cleaned, in my head I could hear the game still cheering me on:
  • Cleared out shoes no longer worn. Good!
  • Put unwanted clothes, etc., in a bag for Goodwill. Excellent!
  • Recycled all empty boxes saved for products no longer under warranty. Awesome! 
  • Removed everything from floor, put on shelves or found more logical places for them. Spectacular! 
  • Cleaned wood floor, woodwork and shelving unit. Extraordinary!
   Finally a visible floor in my closet. YEA! And my minimalist-wannabe pledge to downsize my possessions means I now have some space in this closet for some of the shoes that had been shifted to another closet. Yeah, that closet's next.
   Now, if you'll excuse me, I hear the siren call of some game calling my name...another closet awaits!
Okay, I'm not completely shameless; this is embarassing:
This bag was on the floor in my closet--
with stuff in it from the job I left forever ago!


Anonymous said...

I am seriously addicted to a similar game... I call it "keep me from dementia game"...hehehe
That's MY Story!

Practical Parsimony said...

When I had tv, I used the same tactic. "If/when you get the dishes done/bathroom or just the commode cleaned, then you can watch MEDIUM." Or, the nightly news. Or, FRIENDS. I did not let myself have the reward first. I had to be threatened with losing the privilege of watching whatever was coming up. Sometimes, I had a list I had to complete before the 5 pm news and a lineup of my favorite shows. If anyone else tried that with me, I would rebel and run away. I can work really fast when faced with consequences of my own making. Folding clothes was a tv time chore since it is so boring and mindless anyway.

Unknown said...

Ooh! I love that game too. Maybe I could try your tactic when I'm dragging the today
Level one- make bed
Level two- have shower
Level three- etc etc.


MegSmith @ Cooking.In.College said...

Ah I love cleaning (afterwards at least!) Your closet looks so nice and clean now :-)

Thank you for you comments about my classes! I need some motivation...summer classes are tough!

Food Glorious Food! said...

Great idea to share! I must try playing some games (that I am really good at!) soon and hoping to get my husband clean the house!

Dmarie said...

*chuckle* LOVE the comments...glad I'm not the only one to need incentives to clean! I love the after part too!

Susan said...

What a cool idea! Thanks :D)

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