Did you know house-keepers can play tricks on their occupants? Not all of them. It all depends on the rapport you have with your client! We might deliberately turn all of the pictures upside down. Nothing too valuable mind! If an occupant has a shopping list or a “to-do” list stuck to their fridge it is very tempting to add comic items to the list.
But the real fun is with a family who own toys. We might move toys and unbreakable items and set up a comedy scene – as I am doing at one house I clean in the boy’s bedrooms (I have such fun re-arranging their toys. Last time I cleaned their room, I had one of the teddies reading an encyclopaedia, and a “my little pony” is chasing “Darth Vader”.) The boys come home from school and they love to see what I have done to their toys.
I was cleaning the children’s rooms today. Of course, before I can really start cleaning, there is always a lot of tidying to do. Toys, clothing items, books…they seem to be everywhere except where they ought to be. I might be imaging it, but it sometimes seems as if the boys go into their room and open up all the cupboards and drawers, and then pull everything out and throw their belongings up into the air to see where they will land. I was still tidying and had not started cleaning their rooms, when I heard someone was calling my name and asking for my help yet again.
I went down to the first floor master bedroom where the voice was coming from. I could not believe my eyes! Yesterday, I had done a thorough clean of this room. An hour earlier I had spent fifteen minutes making the bed and tidying the clothes that were left on the floor. This time I really was not imagining it. Somebody, (and it was looking very much like that somebody was the lady of the house) really had opened all of the closet doors and drawers and pulled out all of her clothes and shoes and bags and thrown them on the floor.
Ay ay ay!!! My parents forbade us from using expletives…but the thought that ran through my mind was not a happy one. She was looking for some shoes. She has possibly sixty pairs I realized last week when I cleaned the inside of her closet and re-arranged everything at her request. I put the normal looking sensible shoes in the main shelves and the weird shoes (you know they types someone might want to wear for a fancy-dress party) on the top shelves of the closet. She described to me the pair of shoes she wanted to wear, while I tried to hide the horrified dismay on my face. I asked her if she meant the spice girls shoes. She didn’t know what I meant.
Well, tell me, if someone asked you to find shoes that are red, blue and white, with sequins and with a platform wedge…how would you describe them? When I originally saw these shoes, I thought they were hideous, but I concluded they must be part of a “Ginger Spice” fancy dress costume. Apparently not, I discovered today that they are the latest creation of some sensational designer – of course she would know about these things since she works in the fashion industry. After I had found the shoes, I had to put everything back into the drawers and wardrobes. Then back upstairs to clean the rooms on the third floor. I still had not cleaned the kitchen after breakfast. All the washing needed to be sorted out. I was not sure when, or if, today was ever going to end!
Well….this is life…this is house-keeping!!!! The brigade of no-nonsense Anti-Dirt, Anti-Mess, Anti-Trash warriors. I am telling myself to get on with it and deal with things calmly and not get flustered but see the funny side of things. Can you blame us for occasionally playing tricks on our occupants?
Photo credit: The Haunted Wordsmith