Keeping it clean the Marge Simpson way

Keeping it clean the Marge Simpson way

Keeping it clean the Marge Simpson way

The Simpsons have always been a cut above the rest in the cartoon world. Where, for instance, in Tom and Jerry, Mickey Mouse or the Flintstones is there the prescience that foresees major historic events, such as the election of Donald Trump?

For all that, the Simpsons is supposedly a story focused on a typical household in middle America. But can they keep the home as clean as the average family?

It won't take a giant leap of the imagination to conclude the answer is no. After all, how tidy can a household be when the opening credits show Homer inadvertently bringing home a glowing fuel rod from his nuclear power station workplace? 

While the thought of decontaminating the home of radioactivity might be pretty high on Marge Simpson's list of priorities, it is a more standard kind of tidying up that takes place when she decides the house is a big mess and needs drastic action.

So it is that she locks the doors and forces Bart, Homer and Lisa to get stuck into the housework. This has somewhat varying results, not least as the fumes from the floor cleaner cause Homer to have a hallucinogenic episode.

Vacuuming proves to be highly frustrating for Lisa, since she is such a keen saxophonist and spots a group of performers playing the same instrument as they walk down the street past the house, having fun while she is stuck inside. One of them - this being a 1990s episode - is none other than Bill Clinton.

Perhaps it's just as well that Lisa will - according to Bart's vision of the future - get to emulate him, not so much as a saxophonist but as Mr Trump's successor in the White House.

If vacuuming is a problem for Lisa, Bart is soon exhausted by all his labours and complains to Marge.

"Oh Bart," she responds, "cleaning doesn't have to be a chore - work to the music." She promptly puts on the radio, which happens to be playing a particularly morose and downbeat song.

Finally, the task is done and the exhausted trio of Bart, Lisa and Homer can go. "Now you are free to do whatever you want, but don't mess up the house", says Marge. They promptly pass through the kitchen and leave a mess.

All that may just go to show that some people just aren't cut out for cleaning and making a home look good. If only they had taken the easy solution and used Aurora cleaning services, then things would never have got in such a state in the first place.

Perhaps Marge should have known that all along. When not predicting unlikely future presidents, the cartoon has a history of forecasting future role-playing computer games like Farmville. In a 1998 episode, Bart is shown playing a game called Yard Work Simulator, prompting Marge to point out he doesn't actually like yard work.

The Simpsons is yet to forecast a future when all cleaning is done by robots - the Jetsons already have that angle covered - so perhaps the lesson is clear; if you want a house to be truly clean, send for Aurora.

That way, Lisa can concentrate on building her campaign to oust Donald Trump from the Oval Office.