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:
- Clean/replace AC filters
- Wash curtains
- Wash the shower curtain
- Clean the hair out of hairbrush
- Clean the hair caught in the vacuum roller brush
- Clean the hair caught on the broom
- Replace toothbrushes
- Wash hand towels
- Wash washcloths
- Wash potholders
- Replace loofahs
- Clean/replace dish sponges
- Clean the kitchen sink stopper
- Dust wall moldings
- Sweep between and under furniture
- Wash pet bedding
- Wash pillows
- Wash your own bedding, i.e. mattress pads
- Wash outerwear like coats, but especially hats
- Defrost and clean the fridge/freezer
Seriously, what is the deal with cleaning supplies needing to be cleaned themselves?
2 replies on “Thankless Chores for Grown-Ups”
Inspired by you and your post, I cleaned the fridge this evening. It was a strangely satisfying experience.
I recently cleaned the tops of my washer, my dryer, and my chest freezer…for the first time in five years…ew…