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02.04.2002

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a room of my own 
by
Kathryn OíHalloran | 1 2 3
continued from page 2

As for housework, thatís been a whole other ball game. Living on your own might mean less work to do, but it also means less people to pitch in. And nothing, I repeat nothing, could ever make doing the housework bearable. Unfortunately, itís one of those things that you can do frequently with minimal effort, or infrequently with a whole lot of work. And if you put off the cleaning and the organizing, the vacuuming and the mopping, the washing up and putting away until the mess has approached monstrous proportions Ö well, youíre asking for trouble. When it comes to the fridge especially, the day will come when the pumpkin mutates and itís no longer safe to open the fridge door. And that day, of course, will be the day that someone you are desperately trying to impress will decide to pop in for an unexpected visit to your sty.

So as much as I loathe it, Iíve fallen into the routine of spending Saturday mornings doing housework. It isnít fun but the work gets done, and then Iím free for the rest of the weekend. Iíve found that it doesnít matter so much what the routine is -- Saturdays, Sundays, weeknights, weekday mornings even. So long as you have a set time, a set list of jobs to be done and some good cleaning music on the stereo. I am such a procrastinator that it the only way to go .

And once the dishes are done, the washing is hung out and the floors are swept clean, my apartment instantly feels like a better place to be. Which was the whole point of moving out on my own in the first place: creating a little somewhere nice for me to live.

Nothing beats snuggling up, the house sparkling clean, reading a good book with the phone off the hook, with nobody in the world to disturb you. Despite all the hassles, I love living on my own. It may lack the charm of that little cubby house from long ago, but itís all mine and Iím not sharing.

Kathryn O'Halloran reveals too much of herself at Cut Lunch Trip and thinks any day she doesn't get out of her pyjamas is a good day indeed.

 

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