The Problems with Perfection
I’m a реrfесtіоnіѕt. Alwауѕ have been. And ѕоmеtіmеѕ іt drіvеѕ mе сrаzу. There isn’t enough time in the day to be perfect in everything, so I prioritise. I paid most attention to my performance at what I do, my schooling, being a good dad, my personal appearance and cleanliness in my home and car. The area of perfection I want to address here is how good my home looks. In particular the expensive carpets I have and that means employing the best carpet cleaner in the business, Brilliance Carpet Cleaning Perth to keep them fresh and clean. One who satisfies my craving for perfection.
While I don’t need the house to look like museum, I also don’t need it to look like it’s waiting for the Better Homes and Gardens photographer either. I’ve had to let things go a bit. And why have my priorities changed?
DOGS – that’s why.
Hair of the Dog
I’ve had dogs all my life but after moving into my new and much-smaller-than-a-house apartment, I had decided to forego the pleasure…and the companionship, a dog provides. I also forgot just how much dog hair is shed on a daily basis, and how that hair finds a way to entwine itself into the carpet fibres. You can either get down on your knees and extract each dog hair individually, buy the most powerful vacuum cleaner on the market, or find a professional, reputable carpet cleaner who shares your joy of a perfectly clean carpet!
I bought a new puppy after the building was reclassified as ‘pet friendly’. All my collectibles and shiny and new fittings were replaced by crates, doggy playpens, indoor training pee-pads and an outdoor puppy potty training area. Add to these extras the pet play toys, the colours of which never matched anything else I owned, and the dog hair was being added to with tearing my own hair out!
Clean Carpets at all Cost
The carpets needed cleaning on a regular basis and particularly after my mutt suffered from doggy diarrhea for a couple of weeks. Normal people who have pets have a couple of options: keep the animal outside or have a carpet cleaner on call. Before Oscar (my dog) arrived in my home, I would have the carpets cleaned about twice a year. The period AO (after Oscar) it was becoming an expensive monthly exercise.
Furniture to Train your Dog
Apart from the carpets I found that the dining room chair legs had become teething sticks and Oscar preferred the new pattern of muddy paws on my beige coloured couch, where, by the way, he had made his home and refused to be moved unless I said “Walkies!”
I started to wonder whether I had changed that much in my efforts at perfection that it no longer mattered. Where were my standards? The Better Homes and Gardens photographer would take one look, laugh, and find a better subject.
It’s a Dog’s Life
I admit, I loved having a dog back in my life. And even with Oscar’s ridiculous at times, antisocial at other times, behaviour, he brought a lot of joy as well. I guess, like kids, a dog can show you what’s important in life. Having the perfect home didn’t seem all that crucial anymore. Don’t get me wrong. I still love neat and clean but rather than impress others, I’m taking the time to enjoy living in it – with Oscar.