I’ve Been a Dirty, Dirty Man

At least, that’s what Randy has concluded based on the dust bunnies in our home. Truth be told, we’re both equally guilty. With him being a workaholic and me being, well, lazy, we don’t seem to tend to the house-cleaning as often as we should.

I don’t think it’s filthy in the sense that bacteria is growing on every surface. In fact, our “filth” seems to be fairly well hidden. Most dust bunnies seek privacy underneath the sofa or chairs. But with spring here and our windows opening up more, the slightest breeze lures those elusive dust bunnies out into plain view.

And our tub could use a good scrubbing. Again, with the shower curtain drawn closed, nobody ever really sees that either. In essence, we’re superficially clean and relatively uncluttered. But behind the surface, look out.

Consequently, Randy wants us to hire a maid. I’m not sure what I think about that. I was raised blue-collar/old school. I was doing my own laundry by 12 years old. Meanwhile, my neighbors all had maids and it just seemed wrong. Particularly the household of my childhood best friend/next-door neighbor. With five kids and a stay-at-home Mom you’d think they’d have enough home-grown manpower to pick up after themselves and perform a few chores. I should also mention that this was just their summer home so it’s not as if they were accumulating filth 12 months of the year. This was just late May-August.

Anyway, with our home being just under 1,000 square feet (compared to my childhood neighbor’s home with 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, tennis court, and pool) it seems wasteful and sloth-like to actually pay somebody to clean up after us.

On the other hand, it sure would be nice to not have to think about sweeping and dusting.



  1. Comment by Dennis on May 15, 2008 10:31 am

    I can tell you that having a maid service is a joy! My partner and I recently started the service. The cleaning lady arrives on Saturday morning around 10am and is gone by 1pm, as we do not like anyone in our home while we are out and Mike (partner) is not keen on creating an alarm system code for her. She is thorough and I feel it is money well spent!

  2. Comment by Fred on May 15, 2008 10:32 am

    Hmmm…and who gets to wear the French maid’s uniform?! (grin) – I’ve got so much dust here, I’ve despaired…some of it is construction/renovation dust, or so I tell myself…

  3. Comment by Michael on May 15, 2008 1:05 pm

    I read your blog daily..and today I had to comment. Similarly…I was raised blue-collar/old school where my Mom would NEVER have thought to let someone else clean. Well, about 5 years ago my partner and I bit the bullet and hired a cleaner every other week…..well, now it’s weekly and it’s one of the best decisions I EVER made. My two cents…..HIRE AWAY!

  4. Comment by jeff on May 15, 2008 5:02 pm

    I never knew how lucky I am that I can live in filth and not care. I realize that my dirtiness might offend some people, but that’s their problem.

  5. Comment by Karl on May 15, 2008 5:33 pm

    I admire you, Jeff.

    And, Mike and Dennis you’re selling me on this idea.

    Our upstage neighbors use one so we could probabaly (hopefully) recruit her.

  6. Comment by Dave in Chicago (2) on May 16, 2008 12:48 am

    Lovely gay wrist action in the photo, btw! And a smashing mowing outfit! 😉

  7. Comment by snarl on May 16, 2008 9:21 am

    Cut me some slack there, Dave! That was 1991 (17 years ago…eek). That was fashion back then!

    Besides, in defense of my “manliness action…I should point out that that “gay wrist” you mock me for was pointing to my then girlfriend, Michelle!

  8. Comment by Dave in Chicago (2) on May 16, 2008 5:05 pm

    ….and I think we know how that one ended up, no? *smooooch*

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