There is a funny sign that keeps getting passed around Facebook again and again that says, "A clean house is the sign of a wasted life." Every time I see it, I laugh. Of course, it's funny because it's real. Cleaning a house really is a tremendous waste of time.
Whenever I start to clean my house, I always think of the other things I could be doing -- writing, reading, playing with my kids -- and I get resentful. With only 24 hours in the day and at least seven of those taken by sleep, the last thing I want to do with my few hours of time is clean a house.
You know those people with those picture perfect homes that are always spotlessly clean without a speck of dirt on the ground? Yeah. Those people. I hate them. I know I am not alone. There have been essays written "in praise of filth." I wouldn't go that far. But I will say viva la clutter!
OK, I kid. Or kind of. I kind of kid. Right now, in my living room, there is a sock, two pairs of pajamas, a pair of shoes, countless Legos and small princesses, a superhero or two, and three books. Also, our blanket isn't folded and the couch cushions are askew. But look, I have a dog, a cat, and two kids under 7. If it's not flat out dirty, I don't clean it.
Don't get me wrong. Once a week, my husband and I will do a perfunctory clutter sweep. We have cleaning people that come in and we have to get the clutter out of the way for them. But as far as scrubbing in the corners, getting toothpaste off the sink, and dusting the blinds, I don't bother.
If for some reason we could no longer afford our cleaning people, I would still likely not clean. Much. Maybe once a month or even less. Just to avoid living in complete squalor.
But to be honest, clutter in my house bothers me far less than feeling like my entire day was taken by housework. It's like budgeting. There are only so many hours in the day. I would rather have dishes in the sink after a great bike ride with my kids on a sunny day than a sparkling sink and kids who didn't get much quality time with their mom.
After all, I wonder which they prefer. Just kidding. That is one question to which I already know the answer.
Do you clean your house much?
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