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|Written by Miss Smartypants|
|Monday, 07 September 2009 00:00|
Dear Miss Smartypants,
I hate cleaning my apartment. I never want to do it and I doubt I do it that well when I do. I know I should, so I do the bare minimum to avoid sliding into Grey Gardens-like squalor. Things never get that bad before I sack up and clean. But I don't want to. Do you have any tips to make chores more palatable?
Not Little Edie
Dear Not Yet,
Dude, I hear ya. Chores can blow me. So can dust (allergies) and bugs (fear) and all the other nasty things that tend to pop up when I don't do my chores. Since you don't mention any problem with cleaning yourself or buying groceries or taking out garbage (you know, those chores that aren't cleaning your apartment), I'm going to assume (hope?) that you don't suffer from depression or another psychological disorder that would prevent you from taking care of your place. It wouldn't hurt to talk to someone just in case. Some people are just lazy/messy; some people work better when surrounded by chaos. You didn't mention housemates, children, or a partner, so I imagine no one else has to suffer because you don't want to get out the broom. That said, some tips:
If all of this seems like more than you can take, take a serious look at your financial situation. Can you afford a maid? So what if it feels bourgeois to hire someone else to clean your kitchen or do your laundry? It's not bourgeois or colonialist or any of that other nonsense to hire someone to do a job that they set out to do. So go ahead and ask around, find a good price, and get someone in there to help you out. If you can't afford regular (or semi-regular) visits, consider hiring a service to help you de-clutter/do the massive clean and start over from there.
Chores are not the worst thing that's ever happened to anyone in America (but they're close),