I hate being asked what I do for a living, not because I have a problem telling people I’m a cleaner but because that’s not the only thing I do and telling people all my other stuff is a great way to get it seen, read, watched etc. But it’s a whole boring, garbled sentence of, “Well I do this, that and a bit of the other” I start sounding like a bit of a Del Boy. It has taken a great deal of effort on my part to feel worthy of going ‘I’m a writer’ and I it shouldn’t have done.
I should never feel shame for doing my cleaning job and I should never feel as though I’ve not earned the title of ‘writer’.
I “work” around 20 hours a week, in my cleaning job, sometimes less, it all depends on my rota. Alongside all of the freelance projects I have going on in my life I work for myself as a domestic assistant. And it is bloody hard work. I do this 3 days a week, it gives me the freedom to organise the rest of my life and it gives me an extra day in the week to work on the other side of my life. The side where I want to be.
My main income comes from my cleaning job, for now. This won’t always be the case, I will one day be self-employed through one (or all) of my entrepreneurial side ventures.
But until that day, a cleaner I shall be. I’m not ashamed of it. I quite enjoy it for the most part. I meet some lovely people and their doggles, I get to visit some beautiful parts of the country too. I have a lot of customers that live out in The Dales and the drive out there is beautiful.
I have worked for 3 different cleaning companies now and I’ve met domestic assistants who are new to the business and some who have been doing this for 10 years. I have no plans to stay that long, I don’t think I could stay that long in any profession, There’s far too much out there to experience to stay in the same job for 10 years.
However, if you’re happy then that’s great. If not, please do something about it, but don’t moan constantly about your “dead end” job.
I’ve also met many people in this line of work who are ashamed to tell people what they do. That is really sad. It’s not shameful. Can you imagine the state of the place if we didn’t have people to clean up the mess? Cleaners of the world are people too, just earning a living. We’re not scum bags and we’re certainly not a lower form of life.
As much as I reiterate to people that I don’t want to do this forever it doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing that some people are happy to stay in this job.
Don’t fraternise with ‘the help’.
I’ve had some customers who wouldn’t even talk to me, I presume because they think I’m not good enough to be spoken to or they just look down on ‘the help’. Well, that’s fine, I don’t want to talk to you anyway. But if you did take the time to speak to me and learn a little about me you’d know I’m a writer, a poet, a business owner, a mother, an actress, a singer, a creator and I have feelings, I’m not just the girl who cleans your toilet.
If you’re working, earning a living, contributing to society, putting food on your table, keeping a roof over your head, then be proud. Don’t ever be ashamed of the work you do. (Unless it’s illegal, then you’re very naughty.) I put as much effort into cleaning customers homes as I do when writing my blog posts, making my vlogs and writing my books because I have to put 100% into everything I do, otherwise what’s the point.
I work bloody hard, even if I am “just” a cleaner…
‘If we take care of the moments, the years will take care of themselves‘ – Maria Edgeworth