The nastiest bathroom

This is more an AFTER shot
This is more an AFTER shot. The BEFORE was more yellow.

I am certain my boys are secretly participating in some Nastiest Bathroom contest. I wonder if they’ll be upset with me in the morning when they realize I’ve dashed their hopes of bringing home a first place win.

Crystallized pee. And do you think they realize the sink’s water spout/spicket isn’t supposed to be solid black?

It’s only been a few weeks since the last–and final because I canceled the service–house cleaning service came. I had had enough for a while, but Gerald finally reached his breaking point when the cleaning ladies were being too hard on our bathroom fixtures (again), and we were just certain they would end up causing a costly repair.

But anyway, back to the boys’ bathroom. I had meant to get to it last weekend but since I spent the whole day on the kitchen, I didn’t bother with anything else. Oh, I’ll get to it during the week. Yeah, right.

I’m the only one who cleans my house like I want. I actually use elbow grease. I’m pretty sure most cleaning services don’t know about this secret “ingredient.” Anyway, every time we’ve gotten rid of a maid service, which has turned out to be pretty frequently, I figure I can handle it all by myself.

Then reality sets in. I realize if I attempt to be the sole cleaner of my house, I will literally whittle away my entire weekend to thoroughly sanitize my home, only to have to do the same damn thing in another couple weeks. And then there was last night. Oh yes, after last night’s venture into the boys’ bathroom, it really hit me that I don’t WANT to clean up after them. An expensive, mediocre cleaning service is just what’s in order.

I plan on getting a new service soon, but in the meantime, the boys will have to settle for 3rd place in the Nastiest Bathroom competition.


20 thoughts on “The nastiest bathroom”

    1. If I could just fine someone I liked… Some years ago I hired a guy to clean the house. Yeah I don’t know what I was thinking. Somehow, someway, he would leave the house dirtier than he found it. THAT relationship didn’t last long, just long enough to make the bottom of my socks black. Ugh.

  1. So there’s an advantage to not having kids. Actually my kids are the four-legged kind, and sometimes I think we should have named our youngest Victor Borge. He’s not a Great Dane but he is the pianist.

    1. Now see? If I could just find a service where it feels like the house got a good hosing down, I think that’d be great, just right there.

    1. I don’t have brothers so I guess I was (happily) oblivious to boy bathroom etiquette. I’m positive my sister and I never made a mess.

  2. We had a cleaning lady until we were hit by a financial tsunami a few years ago. I surely do miss her (along with all of the other things we can no longer afford)!

    Anyway, we put our kids to work, though they don’t do very much. They also put it off as long as possible and complain about it a ton throughout. It sometimes feels like it’s more hassle than it’s worth, but at least they’ll leave home knowing how to vacuum and clean toilets. They also try to pull the “I’ll do such a crummy job that they won’t want me to do it anymore” routine, which sometimes works, but then we just give them a different job. Lucky for us they share a bathroom that visitors don’t use. If it gets filthy (up to a point) they’re the ones who have to deal with it.

    1. Several years ago I attempted a whole family cleaning schedule with mostly disastrous results. It just got to the point where it wasn’t worth the fight. Hmm… guess the boys totally won THAT battle.

  3. The problem of boys and bathroom seems to be universal. My husband grew up in the Soviet Union and his mother used to despair of her boys, “How do you manage to pee everywhere but in the toilet?”. I’m looking forward to when my son grows up and has his own home so I can visit and pee all over the seat. I’ll remind him that karma is a bitch.

      1. That’s an awesome idea, but the problem is that your boys probably still won’t care. If and when they get married or at least live with someone, she will be the one who has to clean up your pee. It’s the circle of life!

  4. Oh, I feel your pain. Since getting rid of our service, I am happy that when my bathrooms are clean, they are legitimately so, and to my satisfaction. I also like the fact that no one is pounding the vacuum cleaner against the floorboards, leaving little dings and scrapes. However, my oldest son has the worst bio-hazard of a bathroom I have ever seen. Not even the dog will venture in there.

    1. Funny that you should say something about bio-hazard. I’ve actually been looking into redoing the boys’ bathroom with a bio-hazard theme. I DO believe it would be very appropriate. Hmm.. come to think of it, I don’t think I have any work at all, I should just leave it as is. Voila! Bio-hazard bathroom done! Good job, boys!

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