Tetris: an allegory of housework

I’m pretty sure that I’ve mentioned before that I’m not exactly a neat freak! Housekeeping may be a necessary part of life, but it never quite seems to make it to the top of my priority list – unless, of course, company is coming! And even then, it has to be REAL company… as in people I don’t know very well or do not trust completely to not judge me.

As I have been working from home and taking on more and more projects, it has become abundantly clear to me that I MUST do a better of job of keeping the clutter under control. I have been making an effort, to that end, for the past several days and as I look around I’m dumbfounded by the fact that the clutter has multiplied, not lessened, as a result of my efforts.

Have you ever stopped to consider that perhaps the video game Tetris is one of the most brilliant allegories of housework ever created?

I have come to that conclusion today as I’m looking at the overwhelming mess around me (and avoiding it like the plague by clinging to my laptop and maniacally producing content for my blog).

Sure, I’ve been turning things this way and that, tucking clothes, shoes and whatnots into increasingly smaller spaces. But somehow more stuff is just piling on at a faster rate than it is getting put away or cleared out of the house. And before I know it, there isn’t space for one more sock to be tucked away and everything just sort of explodes around me and then it’s GAME OVER! I give up! I’m done.

Play again? If only housework were as addictive as Tetris.


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