Have I ever mentioned that cleaning is not my strong point? I am not very good at it. It brings up tons of anxiety. (And memories of childhood fights with my sister-neat person - about the state of our shared room.)
I am one of those people who doesn't put stuff away. I believe in the value of having lots of things out at the same time. I believe it makes me a more creative person (and I've even read articles about this to back me up, but I have no time to search them out right now), when I can see a wide range of things and figure out new connections between them. I am always in the middle of at least 3 books at the same time, and I believe that muddling things up helps me understand them on a deeper level. Maybe I'm wrong, who knows?
Having all the spices out on the counter, and a bunch of bottles of oil and vinegar also, may make my kitchen counter a mess, but it makes me a more inventive cook. I tend to forget to use things that are stashed away. Like my food processor. I used to store it in a cabinet. I never pulled it out - I just gave up making potato kugel since it seemed like such a hassle to get it out. But now that it's on my counter, it gets used! (Ok, so my milchig crockpot hasn't gotten as much use as I had hoped, even though it's been sitting on the counter. I guess my "keep it in sight" plan works most of the time, but not ALL of the time...)
So, with Pesach coming up and all the clean up that it requires (especially in the kitchen) - this task is very difficult for me.
But have a look - I scrubbed my stovetop!