House Keeping, Shining with Pride

I have a split personality in terms of keeping house. I like a clean house, but the effort to get it clean just seems like too much trouble. I felt that way before becoming a mom, but it’s even more so now. Remember, both of my kids are in diapers, and I work from a home office. My fellow writer/homemaker Erma Bombeck (God rest her soul) joked that Good Housekeeping revoked her subscription. I tell people: I don’t get the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval. Oh well. Some people clean for five hours a day, every day, just to have a perfectly organized showplace of a house. Please. Do you have nothing better to do?

But this week, I am drawing a little halo around my head. Hubby and I shampooed the carpets for the first time in I-don’t-know-how-long. And it has made such a difference in how the house looks and feels. Of course, we had to rent the professional machine from Home Depot. Jeremy used to run a Home Depot Tool Rental, so going in to that department has a familiar feel, and I can always banter with the guys behind the desk.

My stream of consciousness has taken me on a rabbit trail. Have you ever heard a second-hand happening that was so funny, you felt like you were there, and kept laughing about it for a long time afterward? Well, when Jeremy worked at Home Depot, he had a guy named Denny working for him. Nice guy, married, but liked to flirt. One Friday night, Denny reportedly told all the guys, “It’s Frrrrriiiie-day night, fellas. Go out and get-cha some!” The image of that particular guy saying that in such a goofy voice just really got me going. Again, you could say, “You had to be there,” but I wasn’t even there! I guess this is testament to the power of my imagination. 

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~ by elenastevenson on June 28, 2008.

3 Responses to “House Keeping, Shining with Pride”

  1. I admit that I am a bit of a clean freak, especially in certain rooms of the house, but at the same time I’m one of the ‘only if it’s in sight, does it need cleaning’ brigade.

  2. “But this week, I am drawing a little halo around my head. Hubby and I shampooed the carpets for the first time in I-don’t-know-how-long. And it has made such a difference in how the house looks and feels.”

    My carpet also needs a good shampooing. Haven’t done this for a while.

  3. hell yeah
    you really are my Cincinatti sister
    I like a clean house too – I’m just not that fussed on making it clean myself. I try and stay on top of the kitchen and the bathroom/toilet, nothing else takes priority.

    hope you are well

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