Two hundred and eighty-five

Is it weird to secretly do someone else’s housework when you are visiting their house because you know they are stressed and busy and it would help them out?  And because you think it’s going too far and that pile of dishes is about to fall over or the grime on their bathroom sink is disgusting.

Yesterday I secretly did my friend’s dishes while he was in the other room on a business phone call.  I was over for a visit and I know he has been super busy and stressed and just hasn’t had time to clean his house or even wash his dishes.  They were piling up to the point that he didn’t have any clean ones left.  And there were a few with mould on them (so gross).  While he was working (it was a long phone call that led to some urgent e-mail and computer work), I quietly washed all of his dishes for him and put them away.  I wiped down the kitchen counters and the sink and cleaned his stovetop.

I wasn’t sure how he would react.  I’m sure some people would be embarrassed, but I’d already seen the mess, so it was sort of past that point.  Luckily he was really grateful and happy.  I think it had been on his mind as something he needed to get done and it was a little weight lifted off of him.  I know I can’t pull this on everyone (I’m pretty sure some of my girlfriends would get mad at me for doing it), but in this case I’m glad it helped.  It only took a few minutes and helped out a friend enormously.

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2 thoughts on “Two hundred and eighty-five

  1. I know its a while since you posted this post but this post in particular applies to me. I don’t get much opportunity outside of work to do good deeds, as the majority of my time is spent at work! My job is full of good deed opportunities however, working in a hospital, I love offering the patients that one last cup of tea before bed or getting extra blankets for them, or just cleaning something for them. But in recent times whenI have visited peoples’ houses I have secretly done cleaning for them. I recently visited my best friend for the first time since Christmas, and she lives in a house with seven other girls, while in her final year of university. She gets so stressed about little things, and has a lot of work on, and when she finds that the house is a mess, she gets herself even more stressed. So while she took a shower I whizzed around cleaning the communal bathroom, kitchen and living room. She still doesn’t know it was me. I found myself visiting another friend and staying at theirs the other week as well. I got up slightly early, cleaned her kitchen, did the washing up, took out a washing load and cleaned her bathroom for her, then jumped back into bed so as to not cause any suspicion that it was me. Again, she still doesn’t know it was me.

    I love the little secret things you can do to relieve peoples’ added stress!!

    • That’s so great of you. I totally agree. It’s so nice to be able to help our friends out secretly. It makes us feel good to be able to help and it makes them feel better as well. I love that you snuck back into bed so she wouldn’t know it was you! That’s classic!

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