I will be the first to admit it: I really dislike housework!! I would rather do almost anything else instead of being stuck in the house cleaning. I mean you just need to do it again and again …and rarely is the whole house clean all at once, atleast not in my house.

I think the thing is we have too much stuff and not enough storage areas. Either that or my house is suffering from “flat surface syndrome”….it seems that as soon as I have a flat surface, whether a counter, hutch, table or whatever, someone feels the need to put something on it.  I’ve noticed this in many a house and wonder if there is a known cure.

Now don’t get me wrong, I LOVE a clean house!! I am amazed by the people who have houses that actually look like something out of a magazine.  I love the fresh smell of floor cleaner like Murphy’s Oil soap and freshly washed linen. The thing is I have so many other things I would rather be doing:  gardening, walking, hiking, reading, sewing/quilting. Then add in the family and spending time with them. Oh and work–can’t forget that either!

So what to do? I could nag everyone in the house…but I don’t think the hubby or my two teenage daughters would appreciate it as they have things they would rather do as well that are more important in the long run; exercise, homework, decompressing after a tough day at work / school. Or I can accept that the ‘perfect house’ is just not a reality for us and deal with the clean clothes in laundry baskets (rather than in drawers) and try to corral the paper clutter of mail and magazines in a basket and just enjoy my life. I have a plaque that reads “This house is clean enough to be healthy and dirty enough to be happy” and I might be able to live with that…atleast until a rainy day happens.

What is your feeling on housework: a good thing to do or an evil that must be stopped? How do you deal with it either way?

(my thanks to the creator of the image which I found on google images)

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