Do you tidy up before the cleaner comes?
I am struggling to explain to the men in my life that this is normal, in fact quite rational, sensible behaviour! They believe I am becoming obsessive and displaying OCD symptoms. I have tried explaining that there is no point paying for a cleaner to come to the house, if they can’t clean because mess gets in the way! There is indeed a difference between cleanliness and messiness.
Some of the men in my life have an annoying habit of leaving crumbs on a chopping board for the duration. This is not going to help in the process of cleanliness and neither is sweeping them off the board on to the floor which is what happens when there is a polite request to tidy! Yes Ok, the cleaner will brush the floor, but really do we want to tread crumbs into our footwear before she arrives, spread it round the house and tread it into the carpet? They just don’t seem to get it, despite presumably witnessing the same flies I see buzzing round the kitchen, calling their friends in excitement at the sight.
These are some of the other problems I encounter:
- kitchen sides full of dumped stuff that means the sides can’t be wiped
- a sink full of dirty dishes that means the sink can’t be cleaned
- a bedroom carpet covered in dirty clothes that means the carpet can’t be hoovered
- a coffee table covered in papers and dirty mugs that means the table can’t be polished
- overflowing work items and boxes on the lounge floor that means the room is in fact difficult to enter let lone clean
- a dirty toilet that means the cleaner will feel sick
- For the cleaner to search through every cupboard and room to hopefully find where dumped items go, put them away and then wipe the sides clean. An extra 10-15 minutes if we are lucky.
- For the cleaner to put dirty dishes in the dishwasher if it is empty. Perhaps to wash, dry and put away the dishes if it is full and then do the job of cleaning the sink. Another extra 10-15 minutes.
- For the cleaner to don her marigolds, put a peg on her nose and pick up all smelly clothes and possibly some clean ones that don’t actually need washing but hey who cares, throw them all in the dirty wash basket as that is quicker and then hoover the carpet. Another 10-15 minutes.
- For the cleaner to read, sort and file all papers, return dirty mugs to the hopefully empty dishwasher and then polish the coffee table. Another 10-15 minutes.
- For the cleaner to lift heavyweight boxes, fight her away into overflowing garage and see if she can find a space for work items or boxes. It seems unlikely as I have seen the state of the garage,so this struggle will take at least 30 minutes or more and with a strong chance of complete failure. We will then have to keep fingers crossed she doesn’t have a heart attack in the heavy lifting process and sue us for extreme, risky work conditions
- For the cleaner to don her marigolds, peg her nose, blindfold her eyes and scrub the toilet with a loo brush. This will mean she is unlikely to ever want to return.