I quite enjoy cleaning my car when I get round to it.
I find it quite therapeutic, but am pleased I don’t have a bigger car. Rinsing, washing, detailing, polishing and waxing takes me four or five hours, and I have a two seater convertible! I dread to think what it must be like for people with big cars.
Certainly there’s something about applying wax and polish. It’s the perfect combination of a mindless activity (thus allowing said mind to wander on to other things) that is also really rewarding when you see the results.
I don’t get the same feeling when cleaning other things, though!
Apparently there was a survey conducted by the Discovery Channel back in 2006 that only questioned women about their cleaning habits. The survey found that people find cleaning therapeutic and it makes them feel in control.
The interesting flip side of that for me is that 46% wished that they didn’t have to clean as much, seven out of 10 could not leave an untidy home without worrying about it and another seven out of 10 feared they would be thought “lazy” if their homes were untidy.
Left me wondering if they should just start embracing the mess if fixing the issue causes so many problems! That approach would certainly save me a lot of time with the car.
You might not ever get rich
But let me tell you it’s better than digging a ditch
There ain’t no telling who you might meet
A moviestar or maybe even an Indian chief
Working at the car wash
Working at the car wash, yeah
Come on and sing it with me, car wash
Sing it with the feeling now, car wash yeah
Come some of the work get’s kind of hard
This ain’t no place to be if you planned on being a star
Let me tell you it’s always cool
And the boss don’t mind sometimes if you act a fool
At the car wash, woooh
Talking about the car wash, yeah
Come on y’all and sing it for me
Car wash, woh, car wash yeah
(Work and work) Well those cars never seem to stop coming
(Work and work) Keep those waxin’ machines humming
(Work and work) My fingers to the bone
(Work and work) Keep up, I can’t wait till it’s time to go home
Hey, get your car washed today
Fill up and you don’t have to pay
Come on and give us a play
(Working at, working at the)
Talking about the car wash yeah
Car wash yeah
Come on y’all and sing it with me
Sing it with feeling
Car wash yeah [Repeat till fade]
Those cars never seem to stop coming
Keeps those rags and machines coming
Let me tell you it’s always cool,
And the boss don’t mind sometimes if you, act the fool
Car Wash by Rose Royce