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On Chores

Feb. 26, 2018

I have often thought that if I were paid to clean my apartment, like I’m paid to clean and tidy things at work, I wouldn’t be so messy. Recently I’ve even thought that I would give up caring about how clean I am. I’m an artist, a writer, a musician, all of which have known to be messy types of people. But today I remembered that there are more types of payment than just money.

One type of payment for cleaning is Pride. I can be proud of my apartment, my possessions, my skills, and my decorating sense. I could think of the comfort I get from having a tidy living space as payment for my cleaning. Also being able to have friends and family over more is a type of payment.

I’ve always been the kind of person to get enjoyment and fulfillment from many things and activities, but for some reason cleaning is one practice that is hard for me to make myself do. I think it stems back to my mother. She never taught my siblings and I to clean well. It just wasn’t important. When my parents were still married my Dad wasn’t around a lot. He worked at the most three different jobs to try to provide for us and to cover my mother’s out of control spending habits. But I am an adult now and I can take this part of my life into my own hands like I have in so many other areas.

So I guess this was the long way of saying that I am actually going to do my chores tomorrow!

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