THE BANE OF HOUSEHOLD CHORES – BY ELLIN CURLEY

As I get older, I’m having a harder time accepting repetition as a big part of my life. I don’t mean cosmically or philosophically. I mean plain old boring repetition of everyday tasks like doing the laundry, washing the dishes, making the beds and cleaning the bathroom.

It always feels like ‘I just did that’ when it’s time to do it again! How many dirty dishes and how much dirty laundry can two people create? Apparently, quite a lot.

I never liked routine chores but I surrendered to their inevitability. Now they seem like an affront to my sensibilities.

What do you mean I have to unload the dishwasher AGAIN??!! I JUST did that!! I used to find sorting and folding clothes soothing and zen. Not anymore. Instead of sighing and resigning myself to another round of laundry, I rebel. I procrastinate; seriously procrastinate. I just had to do three loads in the washer and dryer just to find the TOP of my hamper!

Maybe the political upheaval in the country will help me appreciate anew the reliable, familiar tasks that make up my days. If not, what is going to happen as I get even older? Am I going to be one of those people who is discovered in a pile of filth and garbage in a house that has to be condemned? I’m not there yet. But I worry.

 

14 thoughts on “THE BANE OF HOUSEHOLD CHORES – BY ELLIN CURLEY”

  1. I’m having a lot of trouble dealing with reality these days. It is not just news. It’s depressing. I can’t even find it funny. I’m not sure that the comedians are finding it funny, either. So all the little things that usually roll off me are bugging me.

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  2. Maybe we have just being doing these things so long we’re tired of the responisibility. I know I can think of more interesting things to do than washing the dishes or doing the ironing. Of course I still do them but as there is only me I don’t feel too guilty if I leave the breakfast dishes till lunch or lunch till dinner. I tell myself I’m saving water not filling the sink for two or three dishes to try and make a virtue out of laziness.

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    1. Laziness can be a virtue! I wait till the dishwasher is full before I run it – just an excuse for procrastination!

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  3. The older I get the less concerned I am with washing dishes and still chewing the last bit of supper (which is what my mother used to do), or washing up after every damn meal, even it if’s just toast and coffee… dirty dishes keep nicely. When I run out of forks, knives, spoons, coffee cups, name your favorite, and I know company is coming, I sigh deeply and wash the dishes.

    My husband really doesn’t give two figs, as long as he has a plate under his lunch and a knife…I think what annoys most men are when we fuss about it ‘well I really SHOULD do those dishes…” and I can’t blame them.

    It’s not lazy, it’s practical. Do ’em once a day, and let them air dry. Amazing, how quickly dishes dry that way. I’d rather do dishes in the morning, for some reason, so that’s when I do them. Probably.

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    1. I only do the dishes when the dishwasher is full. Saving water and time! I have enough plates and silverware to go a few days so I can afford to be lazy!

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  4. I don’t like the chores either, but, I am compelled to keep a very spotless house – cleaning everything, again and again, that doesn’t need cleaning, dusting, vacuuming, washing, sweeping, and polishing. I guess that is how I am dealing with the chaos that is now happening in our country, a sense of constant confusion, mayhem, madness, havoc, turmoil, and upheaval of what our country once stood for. Thank you for expressing this dilemma in a messy, but charming way!

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    1. Do whatever you need to do to get through this nightmare presidency. I can’t believe we have at least 2 1/2 years to go! You’re going to have a very clean house for a long time!

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    1. Don’t laugh but I grew up with maids. I never did any housework and neither did my mother. My grandmother did everything herself though so she set a great example for me.

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