This gave me the best laugh I’ve had in a while

Housecleaning.  Polishing?  Waxing?  Dusting? Wood?  Silver?   Sorry, but the last thing I ever bothered polishing was an old coin I found on the street on my way to work (I bought a cup of nasty coffee with it, which got me through the train ride).   I never bother dusting until at least two of the three occupants of this household have started sneezing.  And you won’t find an awful lot of wood or silver in my humble, state-owned abode; just miles of plastic and formica.  As for waxing, well, let’s not go there.   Frankly, I can’t understand the mentality of an educated woman who chooses to dedicate her life to doing housework, and telling other women how to do it.  But I can totally understand why she insists on the necessity of a “variable-speed vacuum cleaner.”  In her words, it can be used for so many things.


5 comments on “This gave me the best laugh I’ve had in a while

  1. Karen says:

    As I aged, I got to be a lousy housekeeper. Dirty floors, cat hair, dust, don’t care. Fortunately, I finally had the means to hire someone to clean once a week. She’s not that great, but at least it’s tidy looking and I don’t have to do it. I’m with you – there are just so many more important and interesting things to do in life than clean. And if people are coming to see me to judge the cleanliness of my house, let them get out the vacuum and take care of things. I don’t think I have any Hyacinths among my friends.

  2. Miko says:

    Housecleaning services are relatively common in Western countries – even in NZ – and live-in maids are practically compulsory amongst the middle classes in some Asian and Middle East cultures, but for some bizarre reason none of this ever caught on in Japan! Here, only millionaires ever outsource their housework (and until recently, childcare/eldercare). I would love to hire a cleaner, I just wouldn’t know where to start. Perhaps I should acquire a wife instead.

  3. Karen says:

    Get a gay housemate.

  4. Miko says:

    No, maybe I should ditch the two housemates that I already have. That would automatically cut down on 95% of the mess around here.

  5. Petra says:

    I have always hated cleaning.

    I have (nearly) always had hired help to do it for me.

    I am a much better person for it, freed from this stupefyingly boring and unrewarding task, happy, bouncy, full of energy to spend on being happy and hard at work at things I prefer to do.

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