I Love a Large, Beautiful Home; I Just Don’t Want to Clean it
We spent this past weekend back in our hometown. We had a lot of good food and good times with our friends, which included going and visiting their homes.
All of them very beautiful and much more immaculate than I keep mine! As I’ve written before, I’m not a terrible housekeeper, but I’m not and never have been, my mother either.
Some of these homes we’ve spent considerable time in, such as our former neighbor’s. We lived across the street from them for 17 years and their home almost feels like home to us, we had so many holidays, events for their kids, 4th of July pool parties and just evenings visiting with them.
One was another friend who moved to this house after we moved, we’ve been there several times; I even spent a night there on my way to a professional conference last summer.
The last home we visited was for the first time. Like us, she lives in the country with their rescue dogs.
When we were sitting and visiting, in each of our friend’s homes, I kept finding myself looking around at different things, some of which I wished I still had room for: My china cabinet with my pretty “good” dishes, a large sofa and two recliners, lots of kitchen cabinet space and my own bathroom.
But during each of our first two visits, our friends (now in their 50s and 60s) complained about the maintenance, about the time they still have to take from their weekends to clean homes that were meant for a family with more than two people, bedrooms and space that go unused, only there to give our friends more housework to think about. “Even for a ‘quick’ run through,” one of our friends told us, “It takes three hours to clean.”
Then there are the utility bills, rising, like everything else, by the month.
Those comments made me glad I don’t have those spaces to clean anymore, china to wipe down, carpets to clean and bedrooms that only gather dust, or are a catch all for the other stuff we don’t know what to do with anymore.
If it’s tough on people when getting older who are good at housework, it would be murder on me.
Thank goodness for my small, carpetless home where a quick run through is 15 minutes and a three hour cleaning would mean a deep clean.
If you live in a small space, do you ever walk into someone’s home and think, ‘This is amazingly beautiful and it would be nice to have, but I’m sure glad I don’t have to clean it!?”