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Thursday, July 27, 2017

I should dust (or not)

We all have those chores that we really don't like to do. For me it is unstacking the dishwasher and folding clothes. Really both of them take less than 10 minutes (timed them) to accomplish but they seem like they take FOREVER and are so tedious. I should consider myself blessed that I have dishes to unstack and clothes to fold. 

Years ago daughter was in therapy and one of the things the therapist recommended was that I assign chores for her to do. The therapist suggested unstacking the dishes. I told her I could not give daughter a chore I despised doing. She asked me why. I said it didn't seem fair to pawn off a chore I didn't like to someone else.

Years later I still struggle with those 2 chores. Honestly, I would pay someone to come and do those 2 chores. Is that pathetic or what? Ten minutes a few times a week and I would pay good money. Any takers?

I'm okay with the other chores. I can clean the kitchen, the bathrooms, vacuum, wash the floors, etc. I'm old school. I was raised by a mother that said a floor is not clean unless it is washed on your hands and knees. I still get down on my hands and knees at my age (close to 60). Its not pretty when I get up, but the floors are washed on my hands and knees. (I'm a bit deconditioned).

I said it before, I clean something most days so the house is never entirely clean but never entirely dirty. Most chores take about 20-30 minutes. Easy peasy. Unless it is unstacking the dishes (several times a week) or folding laundry (one time per week).

Dusting can stretch wayyyyyy out here. I really don't need to dust every week. The dust just doesn't accumulate that much here. I can run my finger over something after a week between dusting and the finger is immaculate. No dust streaks there. I can go about 4 weeks (if I'm lucky) between dusting. I really don't have that much to dust. I don't have knickknacks. Not much to move around. 

I got off schedule. I'm not sure when the last time I dusted but it still looks "okay." So I should dust, but I really don't need to dust. Make sense? 

So maybe I'll dust tomorrow, but more likely I won't.

What chores will you be doing tomorrow and will you tolerate them or despise them like I do with the dishwasher and the laundry?

47 comments:

TARYTERRE said...

i can really relate to this. i used to get down on my hands and knees to clean the floors too until i couldn't get back up again. now i despise that chore the most. life is too short to worry about such things, though. there will always be someone out there with a cleaner or dirtier house than you so what you do should be enough.

Pudge450 said...

I don't mind putting away the dishes. But, I hate putting away the silverware. My husband usually does that.

As for laundry, it is in constant state of flux at my house. My husband and I are the total of my household, with a teenage grandson who spends the night with us two or three times a week. I am OCD about laundry. I wash every. single. day. I usually put on a dark load sometime during the night when I get up to go to the bathroom and roll it over to the dryer first thing the next morning when I then start a light load. Obviously, they are usually small loads. But, I have had as many as six members in my household when the children were still living at home and it has always been the same. I washed after everyone had gone to bed and clothes were ready to put away before they left for school the next morning. (Yes, I did work outside the home.)

I don't love doing laundry, but neither do I hate it. It is just part of the daily routine like making coffee in the morning or cooking dinner in the evening. I must say I don't understand people who always seem to be overwhelmed by laundry (my daughters, for instance). I would probably be overwhelmed if I only did it once a week.

Like you, I do some chores every day and rarely clean everything at one time.

Ann Bennett said...

Vacuuming. I think I got a dislike from my cats. They all hated the vacuum through the years and I have always loved them. I am officially cat less. But I still don't care for vacuuming.

Pat Hatt said...

When I first move into a place on the hands and knees I go. Then just swiffer it away after that. Bah, dust always comes back, can get to it eventually. Can't say I really loathe any, but then again I just use one dish, wash it after I'm done and use it again for the next meal, so no stacking lol.

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

I cleaned the house this week, so I'm good to go for awhile. Since it's only the two of us now, the place stays clean for a long time. It's so funny about the unstacking of the dishwasher and the folding of clothes because I feel the same way about both! And ironing. I cannot stand to iron. Makes me hostile when I do it. HAHAHA That's rare, though, because I never iron. And I make sure I buy clothing that doesn't need to be ironed.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I'm definitely off schedule. I don't mind doing any house hold chores but getting back to the routine has been difficult. Most days I just go with the flow. I do things when they absolutely need to be done. I like routines and long to get back into one. After so many unexpected happiness, I find some peace in the simple things like folding clothes and stacking dishes. Tomorrow I'll be in the kitchen prepping for a party on Saturday and also have a birthday party I'm going to so am making a fruit tray to take to that to share. Simple things can sometimes be the big things in my life more than not.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Opps...not unexpected happiness, but happenings that is.

jack69 said...

Funny you should mention the hands and knees thing. As a builder I cleaned EVERY house I built. A big job for those who do not know. My favorite was the floors. When you are on your hands and knees you see every minor imperfection and that gave me time to remedy the situation. Other builder friends would laugh at my 'frugality', I always said frugal is only a part of it.


Right now I cant think of a chore that bothers me. We are very fortunate, we do a lot of these tasks together. Our washer holds about one pair jeans a couple sets of under wear and some socks, very small loads. (smile) takes about two minutes for Sherry to fold. LOL

Unstack the dishes and 'play like' you are straightening the bedroom!

Mac n' Janet said...

I only use the dishwasher once a week, to keep the seal around the door from drying out. I wash by ha n d. About half the time my husband puts the dishes away. What I hate is dusting, it's a never ending chore, probably needs to be done every other day somewhere in the house, but about once a month is about as often as it gets done.


Joanne Noragon said...

I gratuitously cleaned the toilet this morning. Not the sink; one is enough.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Wow, good for you getting down on those hands and knees to wash the floors.

I need to start a routine of doing something each day so the house is always pretty clean. It is too much to do in one day and that seems to be how I end up each time before the kids come over, having to do it all in one day.... like tomorrow!!

That was nice of you not to give the chores you don't like to your daughter. I don't really mind any of them I just don't like that I put myself in a place of having to do them all at once.

Debby

Maria Zannini said...

There's no one job I hate doing though I do procrastinate when it comes time to take the clothes out of the dryer and hang/fold them.

re: daughter
Think of it this way though. She might not have had the same dislike for unstacking dishes that you do.

For example: My sister loves to iron. To me that's the most tedious job on God's green earth, but she loves it. Go figure.

Chatty Crone said...

I clean like you do. I make sure I clean something every day. Not much of a duster! I do laundry almost every single day! I can;t say cleaning is my favorite thing to do. I do however keep the house orderly - that is more important than clean to me - like folding the blankets - fluffing pillows - etc. sandie

Joanne said...

Not keen on bathroom cleaning but I do it. My husband hates vacuuming. I hate ironing and will put on wrinkled blouses- convince myself they look fine. I probably iron teice a year. Ha. Dust if you want or just lower your shades. Who cares?
Read a good book instead!

Saleslady371 said...

Clean floors must be a Polish thing. My grandma & mom were like that too and we have really bad knees! I've been giving myself a pass because I'm in too much pain to clean floors that way with my knees. My love language is the gift of service and husband is doing my floors today! I feel loved as if he gave me a dozen red roses! I think cleaning the oven is what I've always hated the most.

Bijoux said...

I hate dusting, so only do it once a quarter, when I change out my decor and family photos with the new season. I really hate ironing my husband's shirts. I'm probably the last woman in America who doesn't take them to the dry cleaners. I just feel like, since I have the time, I might as well do it and save $15 a week. I'm picky, so I drive myself nuts doing it,

Alicia said...

It is so funny that we each have our "thing" that we don't like to do. I read most of the other comments and giggled. I read once that you should clean 1 room a day perfectly and just straighten up in the other rooms...I can never get past the kitchen!

I would have to say my least favorite chore is grocery shopping. Not only do I have to drive to the grocery store, fight my way through the crowds, unbasket it, bag it myself, load it back into the cart, take it out of the trunk at home and put it all away, I also have to use all those items to clean or cook! And then do dishes on top of it! It's a never ending battle!

Danielle L Zecher said...

I don't have set chores for set days. I probably should, but I don't. As far as what gets done tomorrow, probably not a lot, maybe just some laundry, dishes, and cleaning the litter boxes (that's pretty much a daily thing when you have three cats). Nick is off, and since we don't get a lot of evenings together we have plans for making a yummy dinner and watching The Great British Baking Show.

I'm jealous of how rarely you have to dust. It's pretty much a once a week thing here. Two weeks, and it would look like we were trying to run a haunted house. I much prefer loading the dishwasher to unloading it. I like to see how much I can get in before I start it, so it's kind of a game. Unloading it is less interesting.

I hate mopping. It is the chore I put off the most. I don't know why I hate it so much, but I think it's even worse than scrubbing the toilet or cleaning the litter boxes.

Cleaning the bathroom is probably my favorite non cooking chore. We only have one, and it's small, so you can get the entire thing done quickly, so there's a nice sense of accomplishment there.

Jimmy said...

I have no problem with the dishes or the laundry, but Cindy normally loads the dishwasher and I put the dishes away, she hates laundry so I do that usually, I do a lot of our chores around the house and really don't dislike any of them.

joeh said...

I don't mind folding clothes or stacking dishes, but the wife doesn't like the way I do it.

Liz A. said...

Just goes to show what's a chore to one person isn't so bad for another. I like the sense of accomplishment that comes from putting the dishes away. And laundry is a favorite of mine. Of course, I don't have that many clothes to wash for just me, so putting them away takes me no time at all.

We can trade. You can do my floors and I'll unload your dishwasher. Deal?

Mevely317 said...

I remember helping wash my parent's floors -- armed with a aluminum pail full of ammonia water and on my knees, yep. What do you use to wash them, Betty? I'm ready to throw up my hands at the discolored grout. Yuk.

'Suppose the baseboards are next on the last. Not so awful when I can sit and scoot on my fanny around the room. LOL.
I really need to adopt your process of a little something every day.


Victoria Zigler said...

I don't really dislike any chore more than the others. Well, apart from dusting and ironing, but I consider them a waste of time and just don't do them (I don't even own an iron). Everything else I do a little each day, working between other tasks, so it makes it easier to deal with having to do them. Of course, if I could afford to pay someone to come and do my housework for me, I'd gladly do so.

Denise said...

This post just reminded me that I forgot to wash towels this morning. I hate ironing. It has to be really bad for me to do it. I have a friend who irons her t-shirts that she wears out in the garden to pull weeds. And she was washing her deck on her hands and knees. Whacko in my opinion. I also do not like putting away groceries. Dusting? Maybe once a month? My house stays closed up with A/C on so not much dirt flying around here. Oh, that same friend dusts twice a week.

Paula Kaye said...

Yes!!! Folding the laundry. That's the worst for me too. I don't have much anymore so it isn't too bad. And Harley folds her own. She also unloads the dishwasher. So that's a blessing. I'm not crazy about vacuuming but then again I have her to help. LOL!

Jo said...

My first reaction is that you are lucky to have a dishwasher to unstack. This apartment does not have one and I really miss it. As far as housework is concerned I don't like any of it and have someone come in twice a month to do the dusting and vacuuming. I do agree with you about hands and knees but I haven't been able to do that in years.

Haddock said...

I detest ironing !!
As for dusting, in some countries the dust level is minimal, where as in countries like India, you get a thick coat of dust if you don't dust one day.

yaya said...

I love to vacuum and mow the grass. I don't do the laundry, Jack does and emptying the dish washer is a chore I dislike too. Don't know why. I never had one growing up but I try to "forget" I have dishes in there so Jack will do it...shhhh, don't tell him! Actually, I like washing dishes and since it's just hubby and me I can do that most of the time and let the dishes air dry in the dish rack. Problem solved!

DMS said...

I am amazed that there isn't a lot of dust there! Dust accumulates in my house so quickly. I really need to dust every week- and could probably dust more.

I don't like folding laundry either- though I am okay with the dishes. We use very few dishes (and have very few) so they get washed regularly (no dishwasher), but never pile up. I use one cup, one mug, and one plate a day plus silverware. Depending on what we make for dinner there are those dishes too.

I think laundry (and dishes for a lot of people) seem like such frustrating chores because they "never end". More clothes need to be washed and more dishes need to get done all the time. Other chores feel finished in my mind.

Have a great day and week!
~Jess

baili said...

I live in a sandy area where dusting is very first chore that demands you lot of time and effort .
i envy with your luck that you have to dst after weeks .

i totally agree that some chores are quite irritating sometimes but when it happens to me i instantly think of time when i will be physical disabled to do anything and my hands get faster lol

my mother also told me the same way to wash the floors and until know i enjoy it as i wash floors twice a week.

Intense Guy said...

:-) I am not fond of running the vac cleaner. Dislike the noise mostly.

Lux G. said...

Same dilemma here. Maybe I would. But I'm quite sure I won't. LOL

netablogs said...

I'm a little envious of your dust free home! ;) We live in the hills just outside the city, and we get wind regularly, so there's not much hope for shelves and furniture without a layer of dust on them.

I, like you, really dislike emptying the dishwasher and tend to put it off. The thing is, my husband hates it more than I do. If our sink is full of dirty dishes and he opens the dishwasher to find it ready to be unloaded, he often lets out a loud, exaggerated "Nooooooooooooooooooo...." as if it's the worst situation in the world. ;) The only laundry I actually enjoyed doing was baby clothes. For some reason, I really enjoyed that, especially folding, but that was many years ago now!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

LOL. I think everyone hate emptying the dishwasher. My husband and children are trained. When they hear me open the machine, they get up and help. I don't mind folding laundry most of the time. I hate to vacuum.

Blogoratti said...

Ironing is a chore but hey better that than rumpled clothes. I don't really mind folding laundry though. Interesting thoughts, warm greetings!

Romance Reader said...

I'm cleaning the house in readiness for the maid to come and clean :D

Chrys Fey said...

I don't mind dusting, but I do let it get a little out of hand by the time I get to it. What I hate is washing dishes.

Hi, Betty! I realized it's been a long time since I heard from you or visited your blog. I wanted to remedy that. I hope you are well. I'll do my best to visit more often.

Barbara In Caneyhead said...

I also have a problem with folding the laundry. I think it is because when I put the clothes on I feel fine and full of energy, but by the time they go through the washer and come out the dryer, I am either tired or wrapped up in something else.

I despise doing the floors or dusting since hubby became stuck at home because he piles and has "nests" everywhere. I can't just clean, I have to declutter, too. And then I resent that I have to. 😒

Secret Agent Woman said...

I don't know what "unstacking the dishes" means.

I don't clean the floors on my hands and knees ever. When wiping up a spill maybe. I love doing laundry and I love outdoor work, but I'm not thrilled with other cleaning. I do it because I have to.

Lowcarb team member said...

Interesting to read your post.
I have to say that I don't mind dusting and I enjoy ironing ...

All the best Jan

Jerralea said...

I don't dust. It's not that I hate it but I have limited time at home and feel like other things take priority. I'm always careful to put things up where they go, clean the kitchen and do laundry. The rest, I kind of leave for "someday." (The hubs does the floors.)

Bethany Carson said...

I really need to dust and vacuum. For a while I was on a schedule for dusting my room once a week...but time has been slipping away from me lately. It's so easy to procrastinate chores I don't particularly like. I feel your pain!

Linda said...

I'd take the job if it wasn't for the commute! Ironing tends to pile up a bit before I tackle it. So many things I take for granted, evident in watching post-stroke challenges, blessed to be able to do even the mundane things. Although we're neat freaks, did some dusting to get the house ready for fun visit, husband's relatives from Norway, family of 5. Enjoy life!

Fundy Blue said...

Hi, Betty! I enjoyed Pat's playing with you and your blog today. I don't mind unloading the dishwasher or folding clothes ~ heck I even like to iron clothes. And I'm with you, I get down on my knees to scrub my floors, but I use a garden kneeling pat to help my knees. After a very busy career, I'm enjoying doing housework. What I dislike is having to clean the showers and empty the paper shredder. Have a happy week!

The Brown Recluse (TBR) said...

I hate all housework, but have the least issues with folding clothes and emptying the dishwasher lol

I'm really blessed because Ole Boy doesn't mind working in the house. Love him!

Betty said...

I'm lucky enough to have a cleaning lady. But if she doesn't come, I have to do it. And the chore I hate most, is cleaning bathrooms. Ugh!

Veronica Lee said...

I'm not much of a housekeeper myself. I hate washing the toilets. But I'm ocd when it comes to clean floors! I mop my floors daily!