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The Hidden Costs of Working From Home

1. More dishes to do. Sure not buying lunch every day is a big plus, but it’s like making dinner twice! Too much work.

2. Utter loss of dignity. It is 3 p.m. on a Thursday and I am not wearing a bra, certainly haven’t showered, and come to think of it I haven’t even brushed my teeth. Jesus.

3. Laundry hazards I just ate a taco in bed (??? this is a horrible sentence) and spilled salsa on my boyfriend’s pillow. And tea all over the sheets.

4. Mental health. Haven’t been outside yet, though I hear it is freezing cold.

5. More distractions. I do not get paid by the hour, and this overflowing toilet is not going to pay the bills.

6. My landlord sometimes comes around in the middle of the day and knocks on my door and it’s hard to be like, “Sorry I can’t talk, I have a blog post to write.” I don’t think he knows what a blog is. Also even if he doesn’t knock on my door, just the sound of his voice ruins everything for me.

7. MY TOILET IS ACTUALLY 100% CLOGGED. It’s a bad scene, guys. A bad, bad scene.

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garli (#4,150)

Like, no amount of plunging will save it clogged? This is a toilet clog I have not yet encountered.

Meaghano (#529)

@garli I finally triumphed over the toilet! Turns out I have just never plunged a toilet before and didn’t really know you had to keep going until the water disappeared. I also underestimated the…vigor necessary for the job. Ha. I think I am ready to turn 30 now.

garli (#4,150)

@Meaghano Yay, you win. Also, gross. :)

BananaPeel (#1,555)

Are you sure you’re using the right kind of plunger? Good luck!

WayDownSouth (#3,431)

If it helps you to feel better, it’s just before noon and I’ve been at my workplace for a few hours, but I’m not wearing a bra either. I’m jealous of you having tacos for lunch.

OhMarie (#299)

Oh my god, I just saw a movie or tv show or something that featured a thug putting a guy’s plunger in his face and I actually screamed.

My not-so-hidden cost of working from home is that I went from a 1 br apartment to renting a 3 and then buying a 4 bedroom house–my husband and I both work from home and we would tear each other’s heads off if we didn’t have walls between us.

cmcm (#267)

Also – it only just occurred to me today (after working primarily from home for the last 6 months) – but in addition to the mental health/ insanity implications of not leaving the house for the majority of the day, working from home also means becoming a Seriously Sedentary Person. I used to walk at least 30? 40? 60? minutes a day from the house -> train -> work + occasional walks to bathroom/ lunch place, etc. Now my longest bit of exercise is walking downstairs to the kitchen when I want food or coffee.

So I just ran up and down the stairs for the 2 minutes while my kettle boiled. That counts, right?

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