Thankless Chores for Grown-Ups

There’s a moment in adulthood where you realize that there’s more to cleaning than just doing laundry and occasionally washing dishes.

You suddenly realize there’s a whole world of cleaning that you weren’t prepared for. You might have done a lot of chores as a kid, but the closer you inch towards homeownership (or even long-term renting), you start to realize there’s an avenue of regular maintenance and cleanliness that you have yet to venture down.

You could choose to ignore these other chores or you could remember to do these annually or biannually and then gross yourself out with how disgusting you are. After realizing that almost all of these needed to be done in my own apartment, I learned that there are some chores that take you one step closer to adulthood.

Here are 20 gross chores that I had to learn to deal with to get closer to adulthood:

  1. Clean/replace AC filters
  2. Wash curtains
  3. Wash the shower curtain
  4. Clean the hair out of hairbrush
  5. Clean the hair caught in the vacuum roller brush
  6. Clean the hair caught on the broom
  7. Replace toothbrushes
  8. Wash hand towels
  9. Wash washcloths
  10. Wash potholders
  11. Replace loofahs
  12. Clean/replace dish sponges
  13. Clean the kitchen sink stopper
  14. Dust wall moldings
  15. Sweep between and under furniture
  16. Wash pet bedding
  17. Wash pillows
  18. Wash your own bedding, i.e. mattress pads
  19. Wash outerwear like coats, but especially hats
  20. Defrost and clean the fridge/freezer

Seriously, what is the deal with cleaning supplies needing to be cleaned themselves?

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Karishma is a twenty-something living in New York City and is trying her hardest to live out every cliche about Millennials. This involves eating her feelings, drowning in debt and mocking infomercials. She likes sociology so much that she has two degrees in it, and is still warding off her parents' questions about a real career.

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