I, like many people who have slight perfectionist tendencies (OK, obsessive compulsive tendencies) and who get stressed, tend to have a little panic before people come to my house. I imagine that the houses they have left are not like my house. They don’t have a laundry basket of clothes waiting to be ironed, or dishes that I haven’t put in the dishwasher because I haven’t unloaded the last lot.
I imagine they have perfect houses, with fresh flowers in vases on their bedside tables, chandeliers and colour coordinated towels. And I know these houses exist because I’ve seen them on the telly.
I’m sure you’ve seen them too. Harpic and Spray & Wipe have a lot to answer for. Including why, if she was indeed mother of the bride, was she sitting around at home in a dirty house waiting for a disaster rather than attending the wedding.The most recent ones I’ve seen are the Harpic Hygenic “Everyone is secretly judging your loo” ads. They confirmed my worst fear. Not only is my house a horrible mess, habitable only by myself, Husband, and our cat who enjoys sleeping in the laundry basket of unironed clothes, but everyone else is secretly judging me for it. Honestly they sure know how to add a healthy dose of paranoia to their advertising campaign.
Who are these people who go around judging other people’s toilets? Do they exist? Are there really people running around holding up a score sign every time they use my facilities? Or are they more interested in the fact that there is grime behind my taps or I haven’t washed the bath tub in quite a while. Maybe they’re more interested in how white my grout is, or those boxes of unpacked stuff in my hallway from about 3 years ago.
Either way, I have to wonder – if you are really going around judging other people’s loos, what does that say about you?
If you haven’t seen the Harpic ad, you can watch it here.