Subtitle: Everything in its Place
I've noticed a humorous tendency as Marcus and Agata return home from any prolonged absence.
We unload our vehicle, and then without almost speaking, we both start to industriously, almost frantically to put back the items from our holiday, and begin mundane parallel tasks like starting the washing machine, or server Dropbox Synchronisation.
It's becoming a mantra, an unquestioned behaviour and I wanted to contemplate the reasoning and whether it was time to start worrying about ourselves :-)
Being Logically Orderly
In England we have a space constrained living and storage environment. This does rather match our orderly brains though; because with the 2 simple rules below you can deduce where things are. Example: Race medals must be in the cave, because that's where sports equipment and paraphernalia is. Reading Glasses must be in the Marcus' study because this is where paper documents are analysed.
Storing things logically means than even if you forget where it is, you can deduce where it is likely to be
Our two golden rules are
1 place to store a type of item
All our head torches are stored in one place. Doubling up would just be logically confusing.
Redundancy only as necessary
We might have Cold, Snow and Summer running Hats. Plus a backup for when they are in the wash. But we would not have 5 summer running hats each. Ridiculous!
Pain Before Pleasure
Our post arrival home goal might be to have a nice dinner, including desert and some Wine, Talking and Television. All rolled into one. But we want to get all the unpacking and restocking tasks out of the way first.
Looking back to my student habits, Marcus would do the homework and write the Engineering report on days 1-2. Then I'd have days 3-14 to relax, comforted that work items were completed.
No Butler / Home Help
My parents generation, especially whilst resident outside of the UK may have experienced a different lifestyle. Perhaps including a child minder, gardener, cook and quite literally a fleet of helpers bringing food, dry cleaning, car cleaning and time saving services to our door.
If Marcus and Agata were living this lifestyle in England we would be the first to leave all that unpacking and washing duty to somebody else :-)
We try to keep our lives grounded. We do our own shopping, washing, cleaning and tidying up after any holiday or home absence. We want to have dutifully claim over such adjectives like clean, organised, logical, industrious as rightfully ours.