Mr. and Mrs. Clean

by Ginger on November 23, 2008

in Day in the Life

Today was spent cleaning the house in anticipation of Thanksgiving, and the arrival of my in-laws. I hate cleaning, but I hate being embarrassed by the state of the apartment even more, so we sucked it up and got down to business. There are still a few last minute things we’ll do on Wednesday before they get here, but at least the bulk of the cleaning is done.

I always thought as a kid that when you grew up, you got to this point where you LIKED to clean. Where it became something that came naturally and without all the whining. Maybe that happens for some, but it still hasn’t happened for me. I hate to clean. Hate it.

Don’t get me wrong, I know it needs to be done. I know it’s something that has to happen, and I usually will do it–there just tends to be a lot of bitching involved before and during the actual chores. N.C. and I used to get in fights because he thought my bitching meant I wouldn’t do it, that I’d just complain until he did it all. That’s not the case, at all, as he’s learned. I’ll do my bit, but I am not going to be happy about it. If you want me to be happy about it, you better drug me, brainwash me, or replace that part of my brain.

Some chores are easier to accept than others. I’ve always kind of liked vacuuming, as I find the repetition somewhat soothing. Unloading the dishwasher, not that bad. Starting laundry, no big deal. Wiping down counters, I’m your girl.

Others, man it’s like I’m being punished. Sweeping and mopping are perhaps the worst. Folding laundry is a constant battle around here (N.C. and I both have a hard time with that one). Dusting bothers me with the futility of it–20 minutes after dusting, everything is coated again! And anything with the bathrooms is like pulling teeth.

Sometimes I wonder if this will be a constant battle. I sort of hope that whenever we have kids, I’ll get to that point where maybe I don’t like it, but I don’t complain about it so much. Or that someday, that switch will flip where cleaning is more important to me than, say, sitting on my ass and watching tv.

Or, that someday we’ll make enough money to pay for a maid.

Either way.

P.S. Don’t forget about the contest! You’ve got until 6pm (pst) on Monday, November 24!

Deutlich November 24, 2008 at 5:52 am

I HATE cleaning. It took me over a year to finally get my act together regarding my space. Blah.

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ally November 24, 2008 at 6:01 am

Hah – I could have written this post myself 🙂 The only way I can make cleaning somewhat enjoyable for myself is by buying the latest cleaning gizmo that does most of the work for me. Cleaning the shower used to be the worst thing ever, but then I bought the scrubbing bubbles action scrubber and now its actually pretty painless.

But I totally hear ya on the maid thing – oh how lovely my life would be then.

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Belle November 24, 2008 at 7:02 am

I took vacation this week to catch up on cleaning. How sad is it that I’m taking vacation to CLEAN????

I’ve been begging for a maid for years. My husband is not loving that idea.

Nilsa November 24, 2008 at 7:54 am

I hate cleaning. HATE HATE HATE it. And I refuse to do toilets. Ick. Sweets and I finally had a conversation about it last weekend. We realized if we both commit 1 hour each weekend to doing some form of cleaning (laundry and dishes not included), then we can actually keep our condo fairly put together. We’ll see if we can stick to our plan …

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