Cleaning is NOT My Therapy

I HATE to clean and that is not an overstatement. Jim and I decided that we want to avoid having people enter the house unnecessarily and reduce the possibility that COVID-19 will become an unwanted guest in our home. Therefore, we are cleaning the house ourselves. It’s important for me to state that cleaning my home goes AGAINST one of my core beliefs: Everything that can be outsourced will be outsourced. I am taking one for the team. My husband and I agreed that, if he cleans the bathrooms, I will clean EVERYTHING else. You may think this to be an unfair deal but if you understand how I LOATHE cleaning the bathroom, you will agree that the deal is fair. I don’t mind dusting, vacuuming or even mopping the floors but I CAN’T BEAR to clean the toilets or the tubs. Okay, I know I am being a little dramatic, but this is how I really feel. On the flipside, I cannot stand a bathroom that is not pristine which means frequent cleanings, so I think my husband has gotten the short end of the stick.

To undertake our cleaning tasks, we have purchased every product possible that will kill 99.9 percent of germs – 409, Clorox, Lysol, Zoflora (the UK’s version of Lysol), antibacterial soap and toilet bowl cleaner. Because I cannot use harsh chemicals on my floors, I bought a steam mop that I hope will boil away all those nasty germs. We wear latex gloves, shower caps (ok just me) and aprons to protect us from germs that might decide to jump from one surface to another. We wipe down light switches and door knobs every day. When a delivery arrives, we wait until the driver leaves and then wipe down the outside of each package before we bring it into the house. My hands are chapped from the constant washing and I am tired of singing Yankee Doodle to myself to make sure I hit the twenty second mark.

While these extra tasks are adding a slight burden, I keep in mind that the severity of this situation should subside in the next few weeks or months and then I will gladly turnover my latex gloves and shower cap to the real pros.