My favorite way to procrastinate – Clean House

Oh, did you think I meant clean MY house? Ha, ha. No, I mean Style Network’s Clean House. People, I watch this show the way some people watch 24. I love it. It is so satisfying to sit on the couch and watch a home & homeowners go from mess, clutter and ICK to tidy, nice and well-designed. Or as Niecy Nash would put it, from “mayhem and foolishness” to “fabulousness.” Can I just say? I love Niecy. She cracks me up. I love her over-the-top outfits and her no bullshit way of handling some seriously wacked out homeowners. I don’t care that every single show follows the exact same format and she says many of the same things over and over. Who cares? She & the crew of Clean House help people out of some serious Dirty House Problems. And the designer, Mark Brunetz, does amazing things.

Another reason I love the show, aside from the transformation aspect of it, is the homeowners. People. Are. Crazy. I know this. You know this. But DANG! People load up their houses with so much crap they can’t even walk around in their own homes. People sleep in bedrooms so full of junk and clothes that you can’t even see the floor. People hang on to things so ugly they might kill you with thier ugliness. And mercy! Husbands and wives on this show! They are often so nasty to each other! It is hard for me to believe there are that many nasty marriages, but apparently there are. Of course, some are totally sweet to each other. I like those much better.  In any case.  Watching people deal with their messes is awesome.

But here is an obnoxious truth about my Clean House problem. What I love most in life are three things: 1) God and 2) the transformation that God can work on humankind and 3) other human beings.* Clean House gives me the false and fleeting impression that I am somehow involved with 2) and 3) on this list while I sit there with my TiVo remote in hand. I am sometimes usually avoiding doing something that God has asked me to do, or that I simply know I need to do, while I sit there and watch someone else’s transformation. It’s sad. Just today, I was going to work on my imaginary book,** but instead, I chilled with Clean House. They were VERY satisfying shows.

This is the thing about entertainment for me. It feels very satisfying. I like it. But then, when I get to the end of the day, and I realize I watched Clean House instead of praying, writing, connecting with people, or whatever, I’m not so satisfied. It bums me out. My friend Sara did this very, very funny post that was a public flogging/Mea Culpa, and this is mine. I have to step away from the entertainment version of satisfaction and step towards real satisfaction, which involves 1), 2) and 3).

Pray for me!

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*this love varies depending on the human being concerned. I am not Jesus, y’all!

**I have to call it imaginary because it is seriously not for real.


3 Responses to My favorite way to procrastinate – Clean House

  1. shauna says:

    I feel somewhat responsible for this situation. Before, there was no TiVO in your life, not even a freaking television. After, here you are! I should have seen the warning signs during seminary when I had to take away the remote during paper writing. So, I think I should pray hardest of all for you around this TV business, because its at least 80% my fault!

  2. missionseeker says:

    I am a Clean House aficionado. But I am on a hiatus from all the cleaning and decorating shows right now. Going back to work has put a kibash on some of the fun I used to have. But, like you say Meagan, is it not as much fun once entertainment overtakes doing something for the Man upstairs. Guess it seemed like an important thing at the time to throw Joseph in the pit, and yet Ruben’s heart strings began to pull at him. We tend to throw God in the pit and think we can go retreive Him later when it suits our timing or our own purposes and yet, we soon find out that we are lacking, and hurting Him in the process. Jesus cleansed the temple where prayer was thrown in the pit and replaced with sales. Not on His watch. He is always on watch. He knows who are His. He remains faithful, storing up grain, ready for when we come back to Him in need. The time we spend with Him should take 1st place.

    Regarding prayer time, I have a confession to make (forgiveness request attached). I used to neglect prayer, because after all, I would reason, God knows what we need before we ask, and He knows the number of hairs on our head. But, really I had to quit sidesteping His command to pray. A friend at work had voiced her promises to pray for various people and things which inspired me to look up every reference of what God wants us to pray for. It was a rewarding study. Pray without Ceasing.

  3. missionseeker says:

    Sorry, above message should say: “it is” not as much fun once entertainment overtakes…— please forgive. Mseeker

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