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Thursday, July 29, 2010

TTWD: Domestic Servitude

Master is very picky about the way the house is kept up. While i love to cook and bake, i have never been very neat. Oh, i play at being organized, and in my kitchen i have a place for everything, but i hate doing dishes and have a fear of cleaning bathtubs and toilets. I would rather sacrifice part of my monthly shoe budget (lol) to hirer a maid. However, this is not acceptable to Master (nor is it particularly financially responsible considering i'm a poor college student). so in moving in with my dear sweet nit picky Master, i have, like any good subbie, had to learn to adapt.

Master hates waking up to dirty dishes in the sink. Oh a cup or something is fine (because he usually gets up in the middle of the night for a drink of milk), but any more than that is a bad start to his day. So if i am so positively exhausted that i cant do the dishes before bed, i try to get up before Master in order to finish the dishes from the night before. We don't have a dishwasher, so every dish, pot, and pan gets washed by hand. The stove and counters must be wiped down as well, in order to prevent feeding the ants or mice (depending on the season) that are an inevitable part of living in the country as we do.

I try to vacuum every 3 or 4 days, to keep the carpets looking nice and the dust down so that Master's allergies are not upset. Dusting is done as frequently. The floors in the kitchen and hallway are another matter. They are tile and the only way to clean them properly (in Master's opinion) is down on hands and knees (naked or mostly so) with a brush or sponge. Once over with soap, then once with clean water, maybe dry with a towel as well. I would like to do them every other week, but in reality its about once a month.

Laundry, i think, is my favorite chore, probably because it is the easiest to multi task. It gets done about twice a week for the normal stuff. I do quite a few loads between the two of us, and sheets get washed once a week. Towels are only good for one use. Theres no good way to dry them in our tiny bathroom, and mold (even in the slightest bit) upsets Master's breathing.

Our office is, i am sad to say, always a mess. There's alot of stuff in here, and its not the biggest room. We seem to collect books and always forget that we are running out of shelf space. Board games are a bit piled in here too. One day soon, i really need to get in here and organize. I'm sure it will come.

Cooking... i'm still learning. i love to cook, but i'm not the best, and Master and i can't always eat the same stuff. He loves peppers and cheese, and i'm allergic to both. Sometimes it gets quite challenging to find a meal to suit both our tastes.

all and all, i'm still learning everything, and trying to figure out how to manage the many aspects of my life... Its a never ending process, subbies, as we all change as we grow older.


  1. Oh, I am most terrible about vacuuming and dusting, and really must get better about both! I do not yet live with my D, but I will in only 5 months.

    You are right about laundry - it is easy to multi-task. When it comes to doing dishes (I have a dishwasher, but I try to do everything by hand, unless I've had guests - it simply faster), I often put on my MP3 player whilst doing them. This turns a mundane task into a rather meditative one, and it is probably one of my favorite chores.

    I wish you the best of luck with getting into good domestic habits!

  2. I hate doing dishes too... thankfully Asha doesn't complain about it too much if I don't get them done the night before. As long as there's not dishes all over the counter tops it's okay to have a sink full that I'll generally do first thing in the morning. And we don't have a dishwasher either... we don't have a dryer either for that matter, so everything has to be hung out. It's a pain when it rains and I get behind on the laundry cause I can only do one load at a time and it can sometimes take 3 or 4 days for them to dry if it's cold and rainy.

    Thankfully, though, Asha is going to let me hire someone to do the cleaning once he's working. So I'll have more time for writing and doing things with Tornado. Obviously I'll still have the every day cleaning and laundry and stuff to do, but having someone to do the dusting, vacuuming, mopping and cleaning the bathroom will be such a huge help.