Sometimes, when I clean our apartment, I get very indignant, and think (and mutter) things like, “UGH! This takes FOREVER!” and occasionally look up maid prices while huffing and puffing around. Really? It’s not that bad. At one time, it took me 3-5 hours to clean my apartment.
No, you didn’t read that incorrectly. 3-5 hours for a fairly small apartment.
Let me just tell you about my old living situation. I lived with another girl in her 20’s, who for the sake of the blog, I’ll nickname “Sara” who I found on Craigslist. What I didn’t pick up on was the cautionary tone of her ad, which read something along the lines of, “If you can’t handle someone who leaves their shoes in the living room and their keys on the coffee table, we probably shouldn’t live together.” I thought I could handle it, and moved in.
Let the crazy games begin!
First, the thing that spurned this blog: THE MESSINESS. Yes, there were shoes and keys, but there were also dishes with month-old food in them molding over. There were piles of clothes, and her thousands of books. And her EVERYTHING, all kept in our living room. At first, I would dutifully clean up after her—pile all of her crap in one area and really scrub down the house. It would take hours, and tons of garbage bags and really wreaked havoc on my gag reflex. One time, I out and out refused to do her dishes for a month. I guess she finally caught on, because I brought a friend home to watch a movie in my room, and when he and I walked by my bathroom, there was Sara: DOING ALL HER DISHES IN THE BATHTUB. There were soooo many, and we had no dishwasher, so she figured filling up our tub with hot water and dishsoap and carting alllll her dishes into the bathroom was her best bet.
Suffice it to say, I didn’t eat at home for awhile.
Secondly, the girl was out and out nutty sometimes. And RUDE. After the great Bathtub Dish Washing Incident, our shower was clogged. She refused to get it fixed, claiming that my hair was to blame. Um, what!? She really didn’t see the link between the two, and refused to pay. I offered to halve it with her, and she refused. Thankfully, I was basically living with Andrew at that point, and could just shower there. Let me just tell you how much I LOVED paying rent for a place when the shower was unusable. She, by the way, continued using OUR CLOGGED SHOWER, as if there was no problem.
My favorite story, though, was how she accused Andrew of downloading porn on her computer THAT HE NEVER TOUCHED. Apparently, she contracted some virus that populated her computer with ads for golf, hair loss and erectile dysfunction. She called me—while I was vacationing in Napa with girlfriends, no less—to accuse my boyfriend of downloading porn on a computer he didn’t know existed because those ads were clearly things “a guy like him would be into.” Sara told everyone she knew—her parents, co-workers and friends—that her roommate’s boyfriend had an addiction. She also threatened to evict me. Until she took her computer to the Geek Squad, and they informed her that she’d downloaded a bad copy of a video or some such. WHOOPSIE.
When I finally told her I was moving out to move in with Andrew, the snide comments began. First was, “It’s so funny how life turns out—just LOOKING at you and I, you’d never guess that YOU would be the one moving out with a boyfriend. I thought it’d be me!” Thank you for essentially saying you think I’m not hot enough for a boyfriend. Next came her asking me if I’d seen a tall, thin guy hanging out in front of our apartment. When I said that yes, I’d seen him, she said, “He’s my new roomie! The total opposite of you—he’s tall and skinny, you’re short and…dynamic!”
Needless to say, moving out wasn’t the hardest decision I’ve ever made.