Traveller SHAME Files #2 – The Cleaning Fairy

Last Updated on November 14, 2015 by Red Nomad OZ

It’s amazing to me that rational people who stopped believing in Santa and/or the Easter Bunny well before reaching adulthood apparently still believe in the Cleaning Fairy.  I say ‘apparently’, because while no one’s actually TOLD me they believe in the Cleaning Fairy, I’ve observed a number of giveaways clearly showing that some people do!

Unsurprisingly, many of these clues can be found in or around Caravan Park and Campground amenities blocks.

I’ve pieced the clues together to build a profile of the Cleaning Fairy’s tasks – from my observations s/he is perceived to be responsible for the following:

  • placing used cotton buds, dental floss and paper towels, empty containers, hair plugs etc into the bin
  • removing excess toothpaste and other unidentifiable detritus from the vanity surface and mirror
  • mopping up excess water and muddy footprints from the shower cubicle (mops generally supplied)
  • flushing used toilet paper (etc!) down the toilet
  • removing skid marks from the toilet bowl (brush generally supplied)

I wouldn’t dare to suggest a demographic profile of Cleaning Fairy true believers … but while they come in all shapes and sizes, there are a few key groups that appear more regularly than others.  I wonder if you can guess who they are?!?!

Responsibility for cleaning up ones mess in a shared ablutions block is contentious – although it shouldn’t be.  When one is paying for the privilege of use, it’s tempting to leave the cleaning up to the Cleaning Fairy.  But where does that leave fellow guests who are also paying to use the amenities?

I know you’ll be shocked to hear that many travellers just don’t give a damn!  Presumably because they believe the Cleaning Fairy will take care of it!  I mean, if they DON’T believe in the Cleaning Fairy, what’s the alternative?  Their bathroom looks like this at home??  They have no respect for their fellow travellers???  They’re in denial about their impact on their environment????

Or maybe they’re just a bit simple.  After all, the amenities block is magically restored to its pristine state at least once a day, ergo there is a Cleaning Fairy.

Or maybe I’m the one in denial and the Cleaning Fairy ACTUALLY EXISTS!!

ARRRGGGHHHHH!!!  If that’s the case, someone tell me quick so I can stop cleaning up after myself too!!!

Stay clean!

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  1. I find it curious that no one’s yet guessed at the most likely demographic for those who truly believe in the CF??!!

  2. Hahaha…your post started my day off with a chuckle. So many people believe that someone magically cleans up after them…must be the cleaning fairy.

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