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The Work From Home Checklist: Things to Do Before You Leave the House

Updated: Apr 06, 2021 21:49
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More and more people these days are freelancing or working for themselves. This also means that more and more people are working from home, which in turn means more and more people are becoming unhygienic shut-ins with diminishing social skills. At first the idea of working form home seems awesome, it doesn’t take long though to realize that you are very slowly going insane. Most people get off work and look forward to getting home and relaxing, for those who work from home, relaxing means getting the fuck out of the house, and usually getting drunk. Below is a checklist of things to make sure you do before you leave the house after working from home all day. If you’ve ever worked from home, you’ll know exactly what I mean:

1. Have you showered today? 

When “getting ready for work” consists of watching an episode of Game of Thrones while eating a bowl of cereal, and when your “commute” is trudging across your room to your desk, showering often gets put on the back burner. You’re like, “Really, who am I gonna see today? The creep who lives across the way and stares into my window is too far way to smell me.” And so you go about your work day without really caring. When it’s time to finally leave the house and you say “Did I shower today or was that yesterday?” Your best bet is to shower anyways, just in case.

2. Have you brushed your teeth?

Same as above really, but even more forgettable. We often brush our teeth while doing other things and it’s not as immersive as, you know, getting in a porcelain tub where hot water falls from above. So brushing your teeth can get completely overlooked. Are you leaving your house? Nobody wants to smell what your dreams tasted like last night. Go brush your teeth.

3. Have you talked to anyone today…other than yourself? 

When you work from home, often times the closest thing you have to human contact is masturbating to internet porn. Wow…I think I just wrote the saddest sentence of my life. But it’s true! I mean sure, you interact with people by emailing them and asking them to fucking pay you already, and you might leave a snarky comment on twitter or Facebook for a friend, but believe it to not, that is not human interaction. I’ll sometimes (read: all the time) find my self speaking out loud to myself throughout the day. I’ll be like, “I can’t believe that motherfucker hasn’t paid me yet…” and I can’t even pretend I’m talking to my dog because I’m not responsible enough to have one. If you plan on leaving the house, especially if you have an important meeting or a date, try to run a few errands on the way so that at least you have some practice talking to people and actually looking them in the eye. Otherwise you end up like this:

4. Are you wearing proper clothing?

I’ve already made it disgustingly clear that when  you work from home you have nobody to impress. Therefore you wear some really ridiculous things while working. This is a real photo I took of myself when I realized I was dressed like a blind person who was allowed to pick out their own clothes:

Those stripes and that plaid! Holy shit! If you’re not self aware enough you might actually leave the house looking like that sad bastard in the photo above. It’s one thing to run over to the corner store for some milk looking like this (is it really Stuart, is it?) but if you’re going somewhere you’d like to be viewed with respect and as a human being, make sure to set aside time to actually pay attention to your appearance.  Jerry Seinfeld explains it best:

5. Pick up your room.

Right now my room looks like it’s just been vacated by a band of junkie squatters. There’s clothes everywhere and magazines and books and a bunch of mail that needs to be taken care of. Why? Well, mostly because I’m a highly functioning train wreck, but also because my room is also my office and my living room. I’m always like, “eh, I’m too busy to clean this shit up right now” but honestly it’s because I spend so much time in this room that the clothes on the floor look as natural as the art on the walls. Clean your room before you leave the house otherwise it becomes a sick cycle of not giving a fuck, and you’re less likely to get fucked if you don’t give a fuck. Nobody wants to be brought home to a pigpen of a room…except maybe Pigpen.

6. Do one noticeable chore.

If you live by yourself this one doesn’t really apply, but if you live with a significant other or roommates this one is huge. If you work at home people are for some reason think your life is really like this:

Because you don’t go to an office all day, the people you live with don’t really get the fact that you are actually working. They think that since you’re working from home you also have time to do household chores. This can cause obvious tension. When this became an issue with an ex-girlfriend I used to live with I just made sure all the dishes were done every single day before she got home with work. That way she couldn’t give me shit because, “Look! The dishes are done!”.

Do you work from home? What things am I missing from this list? Leave them in the comments.


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Stuart Schuffman, aka Broke-Ass Stuart, is a travel writer, poet, TV host, activist, and general shit-stirrer. His website is one of the most influential arts & culture sites in the San Francisco Bay Area and his freelance writing has been featured in Lonely Planet, Conde Nast Traveler, The Bold Italic, and too many other outlets to remember. His weekly column, Broke-Ass City, appears every other Thursday in the San Francisco Examiner. Stuart’s writing has been translated into four languages. In 2011 Stuart created and hosted the travel show Young, Broke, and Beautiful on IFC and in 2015 he ran for Mayor of San Francisco and got nearly 20k votes.

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  1. Melissa Tan
    May 7, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    When I worked from home I had to make a point of putting real clothes on by 11am or whenever I had to talk to someone on the phone. Otherwise I always felt like I was under-qualified for whatever I was doing.

  2. May 7, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    Also, when leaving home, leave with enough time to arrive on time at the location you have told someone you would be at. Everything is not “about 25 minutes” from your place which becomes a universal truth for me if I am working from home for too many days in a row.

  3. Mia
    May 8, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    Ok, Stuart, that was funny as Hell.
    Thanks for making me laugh out loud .
    Guess you can tell where my “Office” is.

  4. Cut-Rate Curmudgeon
    Charles Daly
    March 12, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    Nice one, Stuart. This cracked me up. When I started working from home I made a deal with myself: you have to put on shoes.

  5. Lucy Poole
    January 13, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    Okay, this was spot on & brilliant! Been working from home for years. Make myself do similar checklist before going outside. Thankfully apt not too messy given all my life is spent here. Thank Dog, I’m in Outside sales so I get out of the house regularly, or going insane would be a real possibility.

  6. Jenni
    April 28, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    I always shower and brush my teeth. But as I write this, I am sitting in a recliner with a laptop and an open package of peanut butter crackers…..wearing sweatpants.