The other morning, I walked into the downstairs bathroom that is pretty much the domain of Edie. There I noticed peeking behind the shower curtain, a Hello Kitty bath toy perched on the spout of the tub. I wanted to capture it in a still life – my first thought was I admit, to post it on instagram, like the purple duckie shot from a few weeks ago. Only unlike the purple duckie on top of the soap dish, any shot I attempted to get of Hello Kitty seemed to spotlight the funk of the tub.
I am the first to admit to my lax cleaning habits. Cleaning the house is always the last thing I will do – there are just so many hours in the day and so many other things to do. And lately, Edie has taken ownership of cleaning that bathroom, doing a darn good job in the process. Or so I thought.
Turns out while the sink & other fixtures have been kept up, the tub has a curtain you can pull shut to avoid seeing any unpleasantries. And unpleasantries there were. It wasn’t just a ring around the tub, the entire bottom of it seemed to be coated in a layer of what appeared to be hay & glitter. Glitter? That child off-gasses glitter. It’s everywhere, including my car. Hay? I haven’t the foggiest.
Over Christmas break, our family spent days on end cleaning the house as a team. In fact, I’m pretty sure our combined efforts are what brought on the polar vortex – parts of the house hadn’t been that clean in eons. Both bathrooms had been scrubbed & moppped within an inch of their lives, leaving the state of the downstairs tub that much more of a mystery. How does it get so funky so fast when it’s been too cold to go outside?
Yesterday morning, having broken out the big guns of my cleaning supplies (yes, I do have them, I just don’t always use them), Edie found me scrubbing out her shower. Upon asking what inspired me, I admitted that I had wanted to instagram the Hello Kitty on the faucet, but the tub was so gross I had to clean it before I could take a shot I could post. Yes, the internet made me clean the house. The power of technology at work.