The Good, The Bad and The Dirty

husbandclean.jpg I worried yesterday that after including my husband in the “giveaway” in order to keep a clean house, I may have implied that he is not clean. That is not necessarily the case. I give you 3 examples.

When we were dating, my husband was freakishly clean. I was so excited that I had met a great man who also knew his way around with a vacuum cleaner. One day I was feeling a bit under the weather while over at his apartment. He told me to lay down in his bed and he would get me some crackers. I proceeded to eat all of the crackers and drift in and out of sleep. When he discovered me laying in his bed, covered in cracker crumbs, he was distraught at the mess. Solution…he dust-bustered me. No that is not some weird euphemism for anything inappropriate, he literally dust-bustered all the cracker crumbs off the bed, me and my hair.

Then we got married. Somehow the compulsive cleaning gene mutated at that point and disappeared…or became seriously distorted. Case in point: We hadn’t been married long and were living in a small apartment with a really teeny bathroom. The hubby had showered and had really steamed up the bathroom. I came in to shower and found him wiping down the mirror with his underwear…from the day before (which, to his credit, are cleaner than most… but still).

Now that we have been married 6 years, we are much more on the same page about cleaning. We have a great division of responsibility. He handles yard and garage stuff, and I handle most of the indoor cleaning. He does the laundry, and I fold it and put it away. He washes all the pots and pans, and I load and unload the dishwasher. However, one bad cleaning habit just won’t die. He often puts his clothes on top of the hamper instead of in it. Apparently the opening of the hamper is one step too many.

Eva Mendes would not put up with that (see comments here). 


  1. Candace says:

    Too funny- I laughed out loud at the underwear/mirror story :). I needed a laugh this morning- thanks!

    I’m totally with you on the house clean thing. My husband paid to have our house professionally cleaned when I was 9 months pregnant and my mother-in-law was coming to stay with my kids when I had the third. It was soooooo nice having such a clean house. I’ll never forget my husband coming home that day and smelling all the cleaner and saying- “Wow! The house smells so clean” it hadn’t smelled like that in a long time…okay never :).

  2. When I was in college, my roommate used to point out hot chicks by saying, “I wouldn’t kick her out of bed for eating crackers.” I guess the hubby felt the same about you. I never heard of anybody dustbustering someone, though.

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