H is for Housework

work-at-homeAbout half the time when you mention to someone that you work at home, they say something like, “It must be wonderful to be able to get some housework done.”

By which, they probably mean laundry, the great burden of every parent, whether you work out of the home or not.

And yes, it is nice to be able to take a break from the desk, and cycle the laundry in and out of the washer and dryer leaving yourself with vast stacks of the stuff to fold after you’ve put in a day of work. But more often than not, I find the housework to be a giant distraction.

I don’t work well in disordered space, which means I spend at least part of every day picking up the messes of others so I can focus. Breakfast dishes, toys, dirt they’ve dragged in on their shoes. And the laundry – it really never ends. Shirts, shorts, jeans, socks, gear and outerwear produced by an active family of five who between us participate in at least seven different athletic activities.

I could do nothing but laundry all day and night and there would still be unspeakable items lying around. It is a recipe for crabbiness. Oops, gotta run, the dryer’s buzzing…

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17 thoughts on “H is for Housework

  1. I think all the time, if we weren’t home all day, I think my house would stay so much cleaner, and if I didn’t have work to do, then I could be a full-time housekeeper. Then, being a full-time housekeeper is equivalent to being in hell, so there’s no win win here. Gotta run, awe, we all know I’m not going to do laundry. I need another cup of coffee. 😉

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    • It is a no-win. My husband always says I should get the kids to do more of the cleaning but I’d have to lower my standards pretty considerably. Like to being willing to live in a house that looks like a second-hand store only not as clean.

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  2. Laundry? What’s that? Hehe. My wife has forbidden me to use the washer and dryer. Something about a favorite sweater now not big enough to fit a two year old.

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  3. 🙂 I don’t use a dishwasher, so that is another version of laundry. There are rare occasions when the chores serve as a nice meditation when I climb out of my home office. Yes, I said rare occasions. You could see that if you came to visit my crazed artist house. Emma had a friend from school over and I was mortified so now my “purple room” is turning into purple art gallery so I can get my art on the walls instead of just in boxes everywhere. And I mean, everywhere.

    Happy H is for Housework! You rock many times over!

    Julie Jordan Scott
    The Bold Writer from A to Z

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    • The day-to-day chores are bad enough – then there are things like going through the closets that we never get to. I can’t begin to think of all the time that would take.

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  4. Gahhh! Laundry. I HATE it. This week I have baskets of clean clothes in each room. We all pick what we want to wear from it. Usually I fold and put away, but I’m SO not with it this week!

    I’m totally with you on this – especially when I work from home. It’s TRIPLE duty.

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  5. I have a love hate relationship with clutter and cleaning. Ok, mostly hate. I hate cleaning, but I also hate the overwhelming feeling of being stuck in a cluttered home. Yeah, there’s no love there. Luckily my husband helps out as much as he can because he recognizes that working at home with the kids there takes triple the time it would with peace and quiet.

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    • Overwhelming – that’s the feeling. There are days when I feel absolutely paralyzed by clutter. Why is it easier to keep a workplace office/cubicle neater? Less space?

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