I am so fakking sick of housework these days. I love the warm weather, but I’ll say this for the dead of winter: it’s a lot cleaner.
In Spring, nature decides to come indoors to play. Kids walk through the house in pool-wet and lawn-dirty feet and leave smeary footprints from the back door to the front. There are damp towels…everywhere. Dust and other schmeg blows in to settle in corners, and it becomes impossible to have the glass-topped coffee table look remotely clear. Flies get trapped between the sliding doors and die there, their corpses needing extrication (but not before driving me half-mad with their desperate and hopeless pre-mortem buzzing).
The dogs begin to shed more (which is really saying somethin’), leaving blond, brown and black hair all over the leather chairs and couches, where it sticks until I wipe it off because static electricity.
With additional hours of light comes extended hours I am forced to look at my house As It Is, as opposed to October through April, when it looks ‘romantic’ by 4:30 p.m. because I turn the lights down low and can no longer see the dust.
There is definitely more laundry this time of year. Aforementioned towels, plus bathing suits, shorts and jeans, t-shirts galore because no kid of mine is ever going to get through an entire Jumbo Freezie without slopping the melted bit all down their fronts. Before I had kids, I would look down my nose at parent friends of mine who left overflowing baskets of clean laundry in the living room. “How lazy!” I would think to myself, “How hard can it be to put away?” and “When I am a parent, my family will always have a wellspring of pristine clothes to choose from!” Well, a note to those as yet-childless, judgemental bitches: it is ridiculously hard to keep it up when you’re doing it all the fucking time for a houseful of people who (yes, I’m about to say something über-motherish) HAVE NEVER UNDERSTOOD HOW THE CLEAN CLOTHES GET INTO THEIR ROOMS.
Phew. That was nice. It felt good to get it out. Really, really good.
A natural consequence to perpetual circuit cleaning is that while the other three are well put-out, I myself never get out of the clothes I clean in. I have a closetful of lovely cotton sundresses that have yet to see the light of day this season. But you see, even IF I had somewhere to wear them, even IF I took a shower, even IF I shaved my legs, I’d still have to iron them (the clothes, not the legs) beforehand, I mean, they’ve spent the past almost-year being shoved aside for cooler-weather clothes and are as wrinkly as Donatella Versace’s tuchus (and I wouldn’t be caught wearing that out in public). And that’s just more work. So.
If I had a maid, I would have her (yes, I assume it’s going to be a her, ditch Women’s Studies comments for now) do all sorts of things outside the norm. Windows? Don’t care, leave ’em. Countertops? Nah, I do those myself several times a day. Water the plants? You’re not taking away something I actually like doing. Run the dishwasher? Uh, nope, not paying you to press buttons. Some of the jobs that have occurred to me in the last 24 hours:
Hangers: Go through my entire closet and make sure none of them are overlapping. Ain’t nobody got time for that.
Paperwork: Once a month, gather random papers from wherever you may find them in the house and shred them. This includes bills. I will never notice.
Bath products: Once a month, go under the sinks of all washrooms and toss half of what you find there (exception: TP). I will never notice.
Fridge: Once a month, pull out the crispers and clean whatever nastiness you find behind/under there. Most of it you’ll have to use your fingernail to scrape off. I never want to deal with that shite again.
Rooms: For God’s sake, capture and kill the dust rhinos under the bed. My vacuum won’t do it, by the way, technically speaking, the sucker-part angles too much when you get the wand-part that low to the ground. So you’ll likely have to lie on your stomach on the floor and get some Swiffer-y something-or-other to manage. Or spray yourself with Pledge and git under there, yourself, and roll about, I don’t care.
Stickers: This is a kind of I Spy exercise. My children randomly place stickers around the house (including but not limited to: Superheroes, My Little Pony, dollar-store miscellany, Christmas, Easter, Hallowe’en and Valentine’s Day) with no visible pattern. Grab yourself a bottle of Goo Gone and make ’em disappear. I’ll deal with the tears afterward.
That’s all I got for now, though I’ll be adding as I come up with other stuff.
What would YOU have your maid do? (Those able to answer “Well, I usually have her…” need not apply.)
And for those wondering what I really think, this is the kind of maid I’d want, and I’d never have her do any of the grody things listed above, because I would love her far too much: