I don’t like cleaning. Organizing yes but cleaning no. When I was living in Milwaukee I audited a class at the University of Wisconsin called “The Politics of Housework”. This was a LONG time ago but one of the things I remember about the class material was that housework is deeply dissatisfying for almost everybody due to its repetitive nature. The housework never stays done. No matter how earnestly you mop the floor, the dogs are going to wipe their muddy paws on it, probably within an hour. This theory was very validating to me.
When YA was little, a co-worker asked me once how I get everything done and I replied “my house is dirty”. She laughed until she realized I was serious. Then she laughed some more. Any time I have a list of things to do, I can guarantee that cleaning is at the very bottom. One of the upsides of entertaining a lot is that I’m forced to face the cleaning so my house doesn’t become a reality tv series.
With Nonny arriving on Monday, we’re in the last couple of days of getting the house clean (again). YA and I have a pretty good catalog of chores and luckily she likes to clean more than I do. But mopping is still at the bottom of the list.
How do you get yourself to do the housework?