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Cleaning The Sink And Other Things I Swore I’d Never Do

I can remember vividly being ten years old and watching my mother scrub out the sink and realizing with deep concern that she had lost her marbles. Cleaning the sink? Cleaning the thing which is used to clean the other things? It just made zero sense to my supremely logical ten-year-old brain.

What’s worse is she’d always finish off by wiping it dry. Okay, washing the sink was one thing, but drying it? Was she nuts? Didn’t she realize it was just going to get wet again? Possibly in another five seconds or so when a new mess needed wiping? I mean, I found the whole thing to be terribly unsettling. Was this something that I would want to do when I was an adult too? Surely even the thought of it was ridiculous. No, I’d never waste my time like that. Never.

Fast forward to this afternoon, when I realized with a shock that I’d just felt the most satisfying feeling after I’d finished cleaning (and drying) my own kitchen sink. Record scratch say what?

Yes, yes, yes. It’s unfortunate but true. As I’ve gotten older I’ve lost every ounce of my once sane childhood reasoning and rationality, and I am now as crazy as the women who came before me. I like my sinks to be dry in between times when they are wet. Okay?

And so I present unto you: The 8 crazy housekeeping things I swore I’d never do as a kid that I now do happily as adult, because it turns out, I’ve also lost my marbles.


  • CLEAN *AND DRY* THE SINK 1 of 9
    CLEAN *AND DRY* THE SINK
    Except there is just nothing as amazing as using the hot water blaster on crusty food and then the smell of dish soap as it hits the hot water and then, ahhhh, it's dry. It feels like accomplishment, is what.
  • CLEAN THE INSIDE OF THE GARBAGE CAN 2 of 9
    CLEAN THE INSIDE OF THE GARBAGE CAN
    Hi. It's a garbage can. It's SUPPOSED to be dirty! It holds dirt! Ten-year-old Natalie never would have stood for such nonsense.
  • DUST THE VACUUM CLEANER 3 of 9
    DUST THE VACUUM CLEANER
    No, I did this, for real, just this morning. It felt like adulthood.
  • ORGANIZE CANNED FOOD ACCORDING TO COLOR 4 of 9
    ORGANIZE CANNED FOOD ACCORDING TO COLOR
    You know, Tomato, Pumpkin, Corn, Green Beans, Grape Jam... It's ROY G BIV for ya cupboards, baby.
  • OBSESSIVELY CLEAN THE HOUSE BEFORE LEAVING ON VACATION 5 of 9
    OBSESSIVELY CLEAN THE HOUSE BEFORE LEAVING ON VACATION
    This used to drive me bonkers. "But mom, nobody is going to see it!" "But mom, we're going to be late!" "But mom, we can clean it when we get home!" "But Natalie, seriously, let's just go already!" I know, it's sick.
  • WIPE DOWN THE THRESHOLD 6 of 9
    WIPE DOWN THE THRESHOLD
    If there is one part of the house that never needs to be clean it's the threshold of yo door, and yet, there I am, using my fingernail to really get in there, and then what do I do? I close the dirty door on it. Well. Somehow it feels necessary.
  • FLUFF PILLOWS 7 of 9
    FLUFF PILLOWS
    Does it really change the pleasingness of a pillow if you've beaten it into submission? Is this an emotional thing?
  • SWEEP THE SIDEWALKS 8 of 9
    SWEEP THE SIDEWALKS
    I recall one day feeling terribly frustrated with life and suddenly desiring to sweep all the little tiny pebbles and leaves and twigs off the driveway. So I did it. It took about three hours. Once I was finished, I stepped away and realized it was a really nutty thing to have done. I'd like to tell you I never did it again. But that would be a lie.
  • IRON CLOTH NAPKINS 9 of 9
    IRON CLOTH NAPKINS
    Every Christmas my mom makes this amazing ham sauce for scrambled eggs, and every Christmas it is my job to help set the table by ironing the cloth napkins. I used to always roll my eyes at this--ironing napkins? Who thought of such ridiculousness? When I grew up I'd never... but sometimes, man, those wrinkles! The one time I caught myself heating up the iron to smooth out a set of cloth napkins I knew I'd really lost touch with myself. But boy, did they look smart when I'd finished!

All images via Pinterest.

What about you? What did you swear you’d never do around the house? What are your favorite borderline pointless housekeeping tasks?

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