I have proof that the economy is not as bad as it seems.
Last week, I invited two women who like to clean/organize "on the side" to my hovel. See, I need help. I didn't get the "cleaning gene". Not even close. I'm a clutterbug to the nth degree.
So we had a lovely chat. They had plenty of ideas. They said they'd enjoy tackling my home. I told them I'd buy whatever they needed -- shelving, bins, products, et cetera. And I was dead serious. I also told them I would be happy to $pay$ for their knowledge and services.
They left on a warm note. Handshakes. They'd check their calendars and get right back to me.
-still more silence-
Basically, what this tells me is that my house is worse off than the economy right now. These women could have made more than a little pocket change, but they've apparently decided it's not worth it.
In a way, it's funny. Sorta. Now I have to try to lure some other unsuspecting neatniks into my cluttershack.