I Must Confess…My Most Hated Household Chores
Hello again! Welcome to yet another instalment of I Must Confess, the home made confessional that aims to lighten your load and make your day brighter.
I want to thank all those who ‘fessed up to something last week, paticularly those who shared their music tastes, good or bad. I hope starting off the week with a clean slate made it a good one for you all.
This week’s prompt asks you to share your most hated household chores. Now, I hope I’m not the only one here who’s first instinct was to write ALL OF THEM in caps, just to emphasise the engulfing hatred I have for all housework!
However, upon reflection, I thought it would be more of an entertaining post if I listed my top 5 most hated tasks and confessed to how I go about them to make them a little less painful.
So here’s my top 5 most hated household chores:
This will be no surprise to anyone. I do not have the interest nor talent nor patience nor passion for cooking. The stress of having to work out what we will be having for dinner and then having to actually cook it usually drives me to alcohol by the end of the day.
The best way I find to deal with this is to somehow swing it so my lovely, talented and culinary inspired husband, Nathan, does the cooking for me. He can make something out of nothing, while I, sadly, can make nothing out of something:
Exhibit A: A perfectly good pie that I literally nuked in the microwave after misreading the cooking instructions!
I’m sure there are a few of you nodding along to this one with me. I really detest ironing and do everything I can to avoid it. To the point I often shop for clothes that do not require any shred of ironing. Yes, I’m that desperate.
For the ironing that I can’t avoid, I have made it a little more interesting by ensuring there is something worthwhile on TV while I mind-numbingly move that iron backwards and forwards. My TV of choice? The Block, Downtown Abbey and Castle. They go a little way to reconciling myself to having to do what I cannot avoid…
I suspect my back hates these activities nearly as much as I do. While I enjoy the finished product once it’s all over, I can’t really describe how much I hate the process of sweeping and mopping and vaccuuming. It’s relentless and most definitely thankless.
What I hate the most about these jobs is the fact that the minute it’s done, you pretty much have to start doing it all over again. It’s nearly enough to stop me trying at all… Personally the only way I can get it done is to just get stuck into it, with some upbeat music blasting in the background to keep me keeping on.
4. Scrubbing the bathroom and toilet
Yuck. Is there a household chore more disgusting than scrubbing out the toilet? Or a task more painfully mundane than cleaning up mould and grime in the shower? Well, maybe cleaning out the bin compares, but not many other household chores would.
I hate the gag factor arising from the chemicals needed to clean the typical bathroom as well as the physical effort required to shift the grime. Apart from hiring a cleaner, I have no tips for making this particular task more palatable. Again, it’s one of those things I have to grin and bear (so to speak…)
5. Cleaning blinds and windows
I’ve had venetian blinds in my last three homes and they are, quite frankly, a bugger to clean. I’ve tried the fancy three-pronged duster, tried the close them up and clean in one go approach and have even taken the time to clean each blind individually. Each of them is utterly painful.
In my experience it’s absolutely dispiriting when you get the blinds in order only to realise that the windows themselves are filthy too. Easily accessible windows aren’t too bad but those windows that are high up or difficult to access makes life hard. My tip – call the professionals if you can, it’s so much easier that way!
What household chores do you detest? Do you have any tips for making them more palatable? Or do you have something else to get off your chest? Just know, whatever the confession, you are most welcome here!
Eternal thanks to the wonderfully generous Rhianna from A Parenting Life for working out how to show the code for my button. Thanks Rhi, there is no way that my technologically challenged self would have ever worked that out on my own!
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Next week’s confession prompt – what would be on your bucket list?