Construction Literary Magazine

Fall 2020

Cleanliness Is Close To . . .

Cleanliness Is Close To . . .

Photograph via Flickr by kevindean

Editor’s note: Once a week, Laura Morton will use personal history to put a Craigslist ad into perspective.

The Story

My friend Lauren cleans houses.

She loves it.

She works for a little local company that’s completely green and uses natural products like vinegar (no hint of chemicals). It’s only a part-time job—along with waiting tables and doing local theatre—but it’s become a part of who she is. She’s constantly commenting on the cleanliness of places or informing me of great natural mixtures (peppermint is the key to a clean bathroom).

Last summer, we worked on a short film together. We shot it over a couple days at the director’s house. (It turned out to be a very sweet little film).

The weekend was completely chaotic. We all arrived and dropped our things, brought possible props and costumes, and went to work. It was collaborative and crazy and fun.

After we finally wrapped, we did our best to help clean and organize the director’s house, but we definitely left our mark. It wasn’t perfect, but it was left better than we found it.

After a few days, Lauren realized she left a silk scarf there, and headed over to retrieve it.

She knocked on the door and no one answered.

She turned the knob. It was open (people don’t always lock their doors around here). She walked in.

The director wasn’t home, but Lauren didn’t see the harm in running in to grab her scarf, which was lying on the small settee by the piano. She saw it instantly, walked in, picked it up, turned on her heels, and headed out.

But then something caught her eye. As she passed the bathroom, she saw a few particles on the floor. They were the normal dirt or dust that collects on any floor, but to Lauren, this was heartbreaking.

She couldn’t walk away.

She retrieved her cleaning supplies from her car, strapped on her knee pads, and started scrubbing.

She cleaned the entire bathroom, scrubbing every corner with a tooth brush (it’s the only way to know it’s really clean). She cleaned out the shower drain and brushed the grout lines clean.

When the bathroom sparkled, she was happy with what she had done and she walked out . . . but then she saw the dust gathering in the corner of the living room floor, and out her vacuum came.

She ended up spending over two hours at the house, cleaning and scrubbing every inch of it.

And then she left.

The director arrived late that night to find her house completely spotless, not really sure how to make sense of it.

And then she remembered her friend Lauren, and without a note or a word spoken, all was understood.

. . . don’t you wish you had a friend like Lauren?

The Ad

CL > huntsville > all community > general community

EyE CANDY CLEANING!! (ANYWHERE)

PLEASE EMAIL IF YOU ARE A SINGEL/DIVORCED PROFFESSIONAL MALE IN NEED OF EYE CANDY CLEANING SERVICES. I OFFER ALL HOUSHOLD CLEANING, GARDENING, CAR WASH AND LAUNDRY SERVICE, PET GROOMING AS WELL:) IF INTERESTED IN RATES AND MORE INFO GET IN TOUCH WITH ME TODAY!!

The Response

I guess the fact that Lauren was cleaning alone is a missed opportunity for all . . . apparently it would have been a lot of fun.

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