Cleaning as a Spectator Sport?

I’ll freely admit I’m not a good housekeeper, and I don’t think I’m alone in that regard. That’s why I was surprised to read a New York Times article entitled “The Joy of Watching Other People Clean” by Ronda Kaysen (

It seems there is a YouTube channel, “Jessica Tull: Cleaning Organization and Motherhood,” where you can watch her clean. She does it all: floors, sinks, dusting, even laundry. She also provides helpful advice and endorses products. Mercifully, the videos are time-lapse.

How popular is this? Tull has over a half million subscribers. And she isn’t the only one.  Just search for “Extreme Cleaning” on YouTube and you’ll find lots of interesting stuff. Or read the entire Times articles for more examples.

So why watch someone clean house? Perhaps it will spark some motivation. Or maybe watching someone else do something distasteful provides a certain satisfaction.

As for me, I think I’ll stick to YouTube football highlights.

Jessica Tull’s YouTube channel is at

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