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Wednesday, December 05, 2007


The Chore List

This is the time of year I like to reflect, look back at the year, and make lists. Count down with me...

Top Ten Worst Household Chores

10. Dusting. I just can't get excited about dusting. Vacuuming, yes, wiping shelves with a rag, no. Maybe it's because the vacuum is a power tool and we all know that men love to have machines doing their work for them.

9. Clearing clutter. I've learned to dislike this only through daily repetition and the perception that it never gets any better. Will the clutter ever be gone?

8. Folding laundry. I'm good at cleaning the clothes, but my enthusiasm wanes once it's out of the dryer. Again with the machines.

7. Cleaning bathtubs and showers. I love cleaning toilets. It's immediate and satisfying. I figure the tubs and showers get clean whenever someone uses them.

6. Clearing out the refrigerator. Every few weeks, the fridge gets too crowded and I have to sort through the leftovers. There's nothing good about lifting up the corner of a container of three-week old tuna casserole. Or discovering that a bowl of strawberry Jell-O has been knocked over and the contents are now pooled at the bottom of the fridge behind the veggie drawer.

5. Cat barf. I'm truly thankful that our cats seem to have a preference for barfing only in the basement. It still has to be cleaned up, and I hate doing it, but at least it's on bare concrete or old pieces of carpet.

4. Pots and pans. I enjoy clearing the kitchen counter, rinsing off dishes, and loading up the dishwasher each night. But when a big pot or pan requires some heavy duty scrubbing, I tend to avoid it for a few days. "Let it soak" is my mantra.

3. Bleaching underwear. My daughter is stubborn about wiping properly. But she's learning, although very slowly. Until then, all undies have to be piled up in the laundry sink and then bleached before washing.

2. Cat litterbox. The cats have shown up on this list again. Why have them if they're such a chore? Because they're extremely cute and lovable and we forgive them their disgustingness. Our cats are BIG, and they eat A LOT. So, naturally, I never look forward to sifting out their litterbox. Eleven years I've been doing it, and it still makes me gag.

And now, the #1 Worst Household Chore of 2007...

1. Paying bills. Of all the dirty, disgusting, painful chores I have to perform around this house, sitting down to pay the bills is the only one that gives me a headache and nausea, and generally leaves me in a foul mood for several hours. Whether I do it through the computer or the old-fashioned checkbook, paying the bills is, by far, my least favorite household chore.


Blogger brettdl said...

I started doing bills at work because my wife started complaining about my subsequent grumpiness.

8:00 AM  
Anonymous Garydale said...

I do bills at work (lunch hour) too (the ones that I can't do electronically - I love that). I just seemed more organized there. I admire you, Phil, for being organized at home. I also noticed that the cats are responsible for two out of the top ten... They are worth it though.

9:54 AM  
Blogger Lisa M said...

Sometimes, cleaning the house and paying bills seems so pointless. But I've found that loud music and a little motivator - like a pan of brownies - gets everyone in the mood!

11:12 AM  
Anonymous Bent said...

Hey Phil, we want to get some folks to support taryn's rehire on the HBO Blog. We are commenting on Smith's thread. can you help us out? here is the link:

Nice thread by the way. Bathrooms are the worst (I have four young adults)

3:14 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

Oye...Chores. You just reminded me that I need to clean the house.

4:48 PM  
Blogger Carla said...

I HATE mopping the floor. Oh yeah I will do it but it makes me cranky. My husband does a much better job than I do.
Bill paying I have down to a science, I'm usually done in about 5 minutes or less. I'm that woman on the commerical that is running a bath while I bill pay on line.
However creative financing is something totally different.

6:09 AM  
Blogger becky said...

Oh cat and dog puke have to be the worst. I have a100 dog and a 15 year old cat . Dear God, one day both of them......whew! Still have a hard time with that one!
Hey, you are always sharing cool stuff with us so I thought I would try to share something back. This is for your Christmas trees to keep them as moist as possible- ok here it goes:
1. Empty gallon milk jug
2. fill with hot water 3/4 from the top
3. 2 cups of karo syrup
4. 2 ounces of bleach
5. 2 pinches of epsom salt
6. 1 half teaspoon of boraxo
7. 1 teaspoon of plant food
Use this instead of plain water. This really keeps the needles moist. NOTE: Since this does contain bleach may want to put plastic down under your tree skirt, incase you have a kitten(like me) or a 2 year old(like me)

4:55 PM  
Blogger Whit said...

Paying bills stinks. That's all I've got to say about that.

5:45 PM  
Blogger HLiza said...

I hate the cat litter the most..funny thing I'm the only one who's patient enough to do it..and I don't get hugs from the cats!

9:01 PM  
Blogger Silver Valley Girl said...

Amen to #1. Blech!!!

10:17 PM  
Blogger HoorayForSaturday said...

I have no idea what you are talking about. That's crazytalk.

12:51 PM  
Blogger Tenniel said...

Okay I started a comment and it got WAAAAY too long about how I used to hate bills and why I don't anymore. You can read it over here.

12:30 PM  

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