Our mom drives us crazy with the annual chore of cleaning we do at the condo we live in. I admit that sometimes you can’t really see the floor in my room for all the clothes and junk I have strewn around, but it is not filthy stuff. There are no pizza boxes or plates of half-eaten food laying around. It is a clean mess. Still, she has my sister and I clean our rooms before she hires the people who come out to do household spring cleaning in Singapore. They come to our condo every year and clean several of the units. Word got around of how thorough a job that they do.
My mom is funny in that she tells us that she is not letting the cleaning people see the mess our rooms are. I remind her that she hires the professionals to do the cleaning. Then I ask her why do we have to preclean our rooms first? She gives us the standard comments about how I am like a farm animal with how I keep my room and professional people don’t need to see that. She asked me if I brush my teeth and floss before getting my teeth cleaned. I told her that I do, and she asked me why I do it. Continue reading