The Tale Of A Clean House

by Sherry Riter in Relationship

By now I believe most people have seen at least a few minutes of Clean House.

clean house show

The “dirty house people” on this television show totally blow me away. I can not imagine living in homes that are that cluttered, messy and dirty. How do they ever find anything?

When a house is clean, there is a peaceful, easy feeling. Now you’re thinking about the Eagles song and it is going to be stuck in your head until you hear it again. I won’t make you suffer…play the song while you are reading the rest of the posting.

Where was I? Oh yes! A nice clean home also inspires creativity. Most of the time I think we start out feeling like “Can’t it wait?”

woman quote about cleaning

Since a clean house doesn’t get that way by itself, we pull out all the cleaning products and like Cinderella, we are transformed. We definitely don’t feel beautiful or appreciated.

Cinderella cleaning

I’m sure that the world has men making most of the decisions in marketing cleaning products. Television commercials and magazine ads would try to sell us on the idea that we look happy while cleaning. I know I usually am not smiling while scrubbing up everyone’s grime.

happy woman with gloves happy woman polishing
happy woman with feather duster

Who exactly is fooled by this advertising? We know how we are really feeling not only on the inside, but also the outside persona.

woman with cleansers like a maid woman cleaning mirrors in pony tail and sweats

The messes are continuous and just when we think we have everything under control, we find something else to clean.

woman screaming with gloves

Most men can not appreciate the effort required to clean up after an entire family. They still see us through a man’s eye which equates cleaning with a different kind of attire.

french maid 1 french maid 2 french maid 3

The only way I would be blissfully happy while cleaning my house was if I knew that Mr. Clean…

Mr. Clean

…was in the other part of my house with my husband…

man vacuuming man carpet cleaning

…or that my husband had contracted a weird virus that forever changed his point of view.

man cleaning humor

So if I can’t sit around and read while he cleans the house (which is what he does when I’m cleaning)…

man cleaning while woman reads

…then I’m not going to be filled with smiles…

happy woman scrubbing

…and I definitely won’t be attired like a pin up girl.

pin up girl cleaning

Maybe I need to adjust my attitude. I will work on that….let’s see…I will just try to stay focused while I’m sanitizing my home and imagine a world where men are househusbands.

man with gloves

And I will keep my mind filled with positive thoughts to help get through the mundane tasks which I perform with love for my family.

George Clooney 1 George Clooney 2
George Clooney2
George Clooney 7
George Clooney 5

Before I know it, my duties will be complete and once again I will be surrounded by cleanliness and organization.

clean house 1 clean house 2 clean house 3

I hope I don’t wake up any time soon.

woman sleeping

Now where was I? Oh yeah, I remember…

George Clooney 6


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Sherry Riter is also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

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1 Tonya August 28, 2009 at 8:57 am

Visiting from SITS – Love this! I often wish for a magic genie to come clean my house! haha Once it's done it seems to only last a second…I fear if I blink I'll have missed it.


2 Oh Sew Good August 28, 2009 at 10:18 am

George Clooney? Are you serious? So my last blog reminded you of your mother. Was it the "fuddy duddy"? 🙂


3 Tammy Howard August 28, 2009 at 10:25 am

Have you seen the little novelty books 'porn for women'? They feature men cleaning the house…


I'm not quite "Clean House" material, but my home doesn't exactly look like those in your later pics, either.



4 Momma G.Love August 28, 2009 at 11:13 am

Love the photo commentary!

…stopping by from SITS…

Steph @ Stick It in the Fridge


5 Yummy Mammy August 28, 2009 at 11:27 am

How can I even think about cleaning the house when you post such lovely pics of gorgeous George xx


6 Mary K Brennan August 28, 2009 at 11:30 am

Did someone say something about cleaning? Because all I can think of is George Clooney.
Good Lord woman, those pics are wonderful.
Have a great one!


7 Only me August 28, 2009 at 11:44 am

I have to say that I hate cleaning my house, but I hate it even more when my house isn't clean. I watched a whole lot of Clean House and I still can't believe that their are so many people out there that just let their houses get that way. It's insane.

I'm very lucky to have a husband that isn't afraid to clean a house.


8 Tammy Howard August 28, 2009 at 6:06 pm

There will be an award for you on my blog Saturday morning… (I know this because I can see into the future)


9 Mama Mel August 28, 2009 at 9:08 pm

Funny! I love the George Clooney pics! Aaaah… dreamy! 🙂


10 Ashley Ladd August 28, 2009 at 9:28 pm

When my hubbby's been out of work, he still didn't do the cleaning.

I love to have a clean house, but I often come home exhausted from the day job and still have to run kids to their sports and clubs. I need a clean house fairy.


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12 Kelly August 29, 2009 at 1:07 am

You are so funny! Thanks for the eye candy today!


13 Jane In The Jungle August 29, 2009 at 1:09 am

Oh you crack me up! So glad to hear of another husband who sits and reads!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


14 From the Kitchen August 29, 2009 at 2:10 am

Oh my. Love this post. My husband would rather read a book than clean. So would I. We compromised and hired a cleaning lady! I do my laundry. He does his laundry. We both love to cook. And, the VERY best of all–he doesn't golf! I'd rather have him than George Clooney any day!!


15 MelRoXx August 29, 2009 at 4:03 am

love it!


16 Teresha@Marlie and Me August 29, 2009 at 8:42 pm

Love it! You have summed up how I have been feeling. As a newly-minted mommy, I should be laid up in bed with my baby girl, but I can't relax…thoughts of soap scum taking over and dirty laundry piling up invade my mind. I…must…clean. Why? It gives me peace of mind and I don't trust anyone else to do it properly.

p.s. I watch Clean House every day!


17 Kimberly August 30, 2009 at 3:31 am

I'd definitely do a better job of cleaning if George was coming by!


18 Judy Harper October 13, 2009 at 12:23 am

Your husband cleans the house? Wow. This is a good post. Onward with 9 more comments!


19 alessandra March 14, 2010 at 8:41 am

Hahaha, great post, I agree, but I don't want to sit while my husband cleans, I would like that we clean together and then we sit together.;)


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