Thursday, March 02, 2006

How TV makes me want to clean

Despite strong resistence to reality TV shows in general, I've started watching How Clean Is You House every Wednesday. Each week, a pair of housecleaning professionals visit a particularly unkempt house and turn it into something the health inspector wouldn't throw a wobbly at.

One reason I enjoy seeing strangers' homes put to the test, and failing, is that it makes me feel so much better about the state of my own home.

The other reason I'm compelled to watch the show is that it motivates me to do something about that corner of my bathroom, behind the toilet, which is almost never cleaned because it's too dirty.

I'm sure I'm not the only person on the planet who won't clean something because it's too dirty.

Besides, I'm going to have to host a mother's group one day.

8 comments:

cesca said...

Yes! I feel the exact same way! I LOVE that show, because it's the only time of the week when I can look around my pigsty of a house and think "Hey, I'm not doing so badly after all."

Wicked said...

I think that's going to be a common theme - it certainly makes me feel better about MY shack.

I've only watched two episodes and the houses were DISGUSTING! I liked getting on my high-horse about the goths with a child in that pigsty; they were filthy... and the old man with his boxes in the most recent episode... man, I thought old people were tidy!

Ms Mac said...

I'm with Cesca! It's nice to be able to think, "How do those people live like that?" and feel slightly superior.

Have you seen the egg yet? Watch out for the egg in the fridge of a guy who I think is a teacher and leaves his hair all over the floor. It actually made me vomit!

Juliabohemian said...

Is a 'wobbly' like a frisbee or a boomerang?

Violet said...

It still makes me wonder what lurgies those two would find if they came to my house though...

ms.mac: have you seen episodes we haven't seen? But it's a NZ show - how would you have seen it?

juliabohemian: no, a "wobbly" is a hissyfit, a tantrum.

EB said...

I'm glad you mentioned the show because I certainly could do with the motivation to clean.

boudica of suburbia said...

I've got the book, have you got the book??

Kim and Aggie are great but I'll be fucked if I'm going to change my sheets every three days and my towels everytime I use them!

xxB

Violet said...

eb: it'll also make you look twice at those bits you normally can't see because they're way above your eye level.

boudica: there's a book? I didn't know there was a book. Now I realise that the show I've been watching must be a local version of a UK show...