Friday, May 25, 2012

Confessions of a Lazy Housekeeper

 Some people have imaginary friends. I have an imaginary maid. Her name is Fifi, and she's been with me for years.

I talk a bit more about Fifi today at The Debutante Ball, where this week's topic is Spring Cleaning. (Hey, I don't do spring cleaning, and I had to talk about something.)

Geez, the things you find yourself confessing when you're desperate for a blog topic...

Fifi does imaginary housework for me while I play with my imaginary friends in the imaginary world of my books. (At least the books are real.) After a morning and/or afternoon spent tappity-tapping on my laptop in my "office" (DD's old bedroom) upstairs, I wander downstairs, look around me, and imagine my house is clean. (It helps if I squint.)

How does housework play into your life? Do you love it? Hate it? Tolerate it? Ignore it completely? Do tell!

(Warning: If you have a real maid, my imaginary maid is going to be very jealous.)

17 comments:

Stina Lindenblatt said...

You've given me an idea. Hmmm. I wonder if I can fool my husband into believing the house is clean. You know, like in the emperor's new clothes. :D

Patty Blount said...

The emperor's new clothes made me snort ;)

I tolerate housework. It's not tops on my Christmas card list or anything, but it is a necessary evil.

I try to use that time to iron out plot kinks and character motives. When the hands are busy on physical work, it frees the mind to be truly creative.

LD Masterson said...

Fool the husband by dabbing a little Lemon Pledge behind each ear and greet him with complaints of how hard you've been working. He won't dare say he can't tell the difference.

Oops, excuse me...that pesky lady from the Health Department is here again.

Diane Henders said...

I don't mind cleaning, but I hate dusting. Fortunately, when I married my second husband, he insisted on hiring a cleaning lady to come in every couple of weeks. He hates cleaning, there was no way he planned to take a turn doing it, and he didn't want me to have to do it all.

Sorry, you can't have him (or the cleaning lady). I'm keeping him. :-)

Kimberly Sabatini said...

Oh...Fifi can come over and hang out and do imaginary cleaning with me today!!!

Sara McClung said...

I HATE HOUSEWORK SO MUCH. Like, on a ridiculous level. I try to tell my husband, I'm messy because I'm creative. He doesn't buy it. Sigh.

Delia said...

*tries to wish her own Fifi into reality*

Carol Kilgore said...

Hate isn't a strong enough word about how I feel about housework. I do have an iRobot that terrorizes the dogs and picks up all the hair they shed a few times a week.

Anne Gallagher said...

I do as little of it as I can. I guess because I used to clean houses for a living. I think, like you, I imagine it clean, and when it's not, I say, "How did THAT happen."

Have a very excellent Memorial Day Weekend.

Nicki Elson said...

Dammit! Here I spent all that time washing the floor when I could've imagined it clean. Why didn't I read this earlier?

Judy,Judy,Judy. said...

I do the bare minimum and I don't apologize for it. It's just not a priority for me.

abby mumford said...

i really like this fifi idea. i'm going to get me one!

other than dishes (which i hate to do, so i always do them immediately because what's worse than dishes? doing them with crusted on food...ick), i'm a do the bare minimimum type of gal too, like judy.

Patsy said...

Housework. Yes I have heard of that.

Kari Lynn Dell said...

You know if you just don't let people in your house it really doesn't matter. Much.

Dianne K. Salerni said...

Housework??? That's what I have teenaged daughters for!

Beth said...

I would like to borrow Fifi. My house needs her.

momto8blog said...

my daughter wanted to be an actress...she would pretend she was doing commercials while she cleaned..I would feel too strange doing that but when i watched her it always looked so fun to be cleaning!!!
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