Because I’m a freelancer, and I work from home, people assume I have so much time for household chores, and that I can just do them while I’m working. That’s not really true, but I do what I can — throw in a load of laundry, unload the dishwasher, anything I can between work projects. I can get a lot of chores done during the day if I’m careful, but on the weekends, I’m stuck with everything I put off all week, and those are the chores I loathe, like these:
I love the marks on the carpet when I’m done vacuuming, and the fact that the carpet is clean, but I really hate all the noise. My daughter and my cat hate the noise, too, so even though it can make a room look finished and tidy, this is one of my least favorite chores.
The bathroom is just gross, with little bits of hair, toothpaste, and soap scum everywhere, not to mention the nasty “oops” around the toilet from my boyfriend and his sons. I always put off cleaning the bathroom. Once I’m done, it’s nice to have it spotless, until the next day, when it’s messy and disgusting again.
3. Litter Box
We have a cat. Actually, my boyfriend has a cat, and I clean up after it. I loathe cleaning the catbox, but this is a chore that needs to be done, and often. Nothing smells worse than a dirty catbox.
I hate dusting because all of our furniture is dark wood, and it seems to attract cat hair and lint. No matter what cleaning products I use, within just a few minutes of dusting, the cat hair is back, and it actually seems to have multiplied.
5. Cleaning out the Fridge
Once I month, I take everything out of the fridge and wipe down all the shelves and drawers. After throwing away all of the old left-overs, expired dressings, and half-empty soda bottles, I’m always amazed at how much nasty gunk is left on the shelves. No matter how careful I am to keep spills from happening, there’s always a big mess to clean up.
6. Grocery Shopping
I love having a fridge and pantry full of food, but the process of grocery shopping is a chore I hate. First you have to make a list, then cart empty cans and bottles to be recycled, then grab my canvas totes, park at the store, wander through, exchange my returnables, and fight throw a crowded store and hope I don’t forget anything before standing in line. And there’s something obscene about how much groceries cost for the amount you get. A hundred dollars for five bags of groceries? How offensive!
I also hate cleaning windows, though I can’t really say exactly why. They need it, for sure, but somehow I can never get all the streaks out, and within just a few hours, there are fingerprints, cat hairs, and who knows what else all over the mirrors and windows again.
I know, I know, woe is me, having to do the same chores everyone else does without complaint. But come on, I know I’m not alone… everyone else has to hate some of these chores, too, right? Which of these chores do you hate to do? Or is there another chore you hate more?
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