Sunday, February 27, 2011

Gangsta Clean

In my house, there are 3 levels of clean.

Level 1: Half-assed clean.  This is the level of clean that is achieved on a daily basis.  It’s not that I don’t love having a spotless house, because I do.  But during the weekdays between the hours of 9-5, I’m OBLIGATED to be on the couch at my office desk blogging shopping online working and just don’t have time to clean.

Level 2: Weekend clean.  This is the level of clean that is achieved when, ahem, “other” family members decide they should pitch in.  Let’s just say this level looks very similar to level 1, but with a few additional random tasks completed.  This weekend, that tennis ball that had been stuck in our gutter for 3 months was finally pulled out.  Phew!  Crisis averted.  Also (I don’t want to short-change anyone) a bug that had been smashed on the wall a week ago was finally removed.  I’m going to miss Ol’ Smashy.  The severed legs / bug guts that I refused to clean off the wall and I really bonded over the past few days.  I’m sure I’ll be seeing his wife and kids soon. RIP Smashy!

Level 3: Mother-in-law clean.  This is the level of clean ONLY achieved when my mother-in-law comes to town.  Level 3 would be when I’m on my hands and knees in a bathroom with a magnifying glass trying to remove any evidence that we actually use the toilets.  My kids and husband tend to stand back during a level 3, as I tend to get all Mommy-Dearest for a few hours.

My husband’s parents came into town this weekend and I decided it was time for the kids to pull their weight.  They are only 2.5 and 4.5, but surely they could contribute a LITTLE.   And by “contribute a little”, I mostly mean “don’t make the house worse as I’m cleaning”. 

And so the cleaning began.

The kids put new toilet paper on the ground.  On the ground, that’s where it goes, right?  It is when you live with a 2 year old.

They made the bed. Well… sort of.

They cleaned the sinks….

…AND the walls.

I’d like to give a special thank you to Inspector Hector color-changing soap for making it look like a drive-by occurred in my bathroom.  Those red pellets are extra fun when you’re scraping them off of paint.  

But hey- this is what I asked for, right?  With the help of my kids and Inspector Hector, I think we’ve stumbled across a new level of clean at our house.  Level .5: Gangsta Clean.  




  1. This made me laugh! We have a running joke at our house that the only time I clean is when people are coming over. And then, especially if it's MIL or above, then I clean like the queen is coming!

  2. LOL! Loved this post---we have company clean at our house--recently my husband's boss came to visit and we cleaned for two days! Of course, after he left we were determined to keep the house at that same level of cleanlyness! Yah right---that lasted two days! Found you at MBC--new follower here--feel free to check out my blog.

  3. Lol. Too funny! At least now. I'm sure you weren't laughing when you first saw it. Following from MBC. Visit me at and

  4. Hey! I just found u on MBC and I have to say "you had me at muffintop!" Hilarious stuff... love your Disney post too ... classic! You know, I would love to have you as a contributor sometime ... your humor is very similar to ours at Take a peek and lmk if you are interested!
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  5. Love this blog. I have a 1yr old who believes that the only reason for toilet paper is to pull it through the hallway from room to room.
    Love it.
    Thanks for sharing

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  7. Another new follower and this was a great post. Made me laugh.

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    New follower from MBC :)

  9. I loved it THIS much

  10. Lol, this is so funny. Well, am off to do a level 2 clean. Cant wait to read more of your post!

  11. LOL. Love your blog, have been following for a month. My husband claimed I only cleaned when we had people over, so he hired a cleaning service.

    I don't have a blog yet, guess I'm too lazy :-)

  12. I love this post btw I am a new GFC follower from MBC, I hope you follow me back.

  13. Hey! Would u like 2 b the guest contributor this Friday?...can I use this post? It's hilarious. Shoot me over a bio and we r all set... Thx!

  14. I'd love to! I will send you a bio tonight! :)