Most weeks, i clean Ms. P's house on Thursdays.
Every once in a while, they throw me for a loop and ask me to come on Wednesday instead. That's what happened yesterday.
When i arrived, i found 7 loads of laundry waiting. So i sorted and got that started, then went through the rest of the house.
With stops to reboot the laundry, washing, drying, and folding, i managed to clean the bathrooms, wash the dishes, clean the kitchen, sweep and vacuum and mop floors, sanitize surfaces, get the garbage out, and even clean the inside of the refrigerator.
This was done in a matter of 8 1/2 hours.
At the end, i wondered to myself, self, why can't i get this much done at my own house in one day?
Then it hit me. First, when i'm there, i don't have anyone in the house undoing what i've just done as fast as i can do it, if not faster. No one to come behind me and cook a full meal as soon as i've washed all the dishes. No one to decide to do a project that gets spread out all over an entire room or two, and ends up with glitter spilled everywhere.
Second, there are no cats. There's very little dust and no cat hair all over, no cleaning an area just to turn around and find some critter baptized it with tinkle or barf, no looking at a just cleaned area to see even more cat hair. (Seriously, i think i sweep and vacuum up enough cat hair in this house each week to knit myself another litter of kittens, if i ever needed another litter of kittens, which i don't.)
Third, when i'm done, i'm done. There's a sense of finality to cleaning someone else's house, i find, that just isn't there when cleaning my own. Yes, i'll be doing Ms. P's again next week, i hope, but there's still a sense that i got stuff done and it's done. At home, i'm watching it deteriorate, and there is no done.
Finally, at home, i'm not paid! That, i think, is one of the biggest factors. When they come up with pay, i'll probably be more interested!
Yes, i know, that'll be the day. Anyway, it's no wonder it takes me days to do at home what i can do there in one day.
Now i'm going to wonder if there's money in the budget for me to pay myself. It might be worth a look.
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Establishment of The Seeing Eye, 1929 (first US guide dog school)
Kansas becomes the 34th US state, 1861
Adam Lambert, 1982
Jonny Lang, 1981
Andrew Keegan, 1979
Sara Gilbert, 1975
Heather Graham, 1970
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Nick Turturro, 1962
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Tom Selleck, 1945
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Germaine Greer, 1939
John Forsythe, 1918
Victor Mature, 1913
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Anton Chekhov, 1860
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Henry Morton Stanley, 1841
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"The Potting Shed"(Play), 1957
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"The Raven"(publication date), 1845
"Idomeneo"(Mozart Opera), 1781
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