18 Jan 2010

FUN MONDAY - Household chores



Jill at Lile Mouse asks

What is your least favorite chore? Vacuum get you down? Dust bunnies saying, “oh yeah, you and what army?” Is there a chore that you neglect doing it until the absolute last minute when guests arrive? Do you just pray they won’t look ‘there’? Are you going green with your cleaning? Top tips?

I personally can't answer the question of a "favourite chore ??" Chores in general are not my favourites at all. Anyway I never had problems with chores. When I was living with my parents, my mother wouldn't allow me to touch anything in the household because she was convinced that I would do it wrong. She had a cleaning woman and was cleaning all day herself, I think that was her only hobby. I found it less funny that I could eat from the floor but was not allowed to play with friends because we could dirt her precious house. Later she calmed down a bit, fortunately.

When I was living of my own, I had my mother's cleaning woman that way she could keep an eye on my flat and it's cleaness. When I married, I had the neighbour's woman who came once a week for cleaning our appartment, the only thing what I did was ironing and dusting. But both didn't bother me at all.

Then we moved into our house in Waterloo, and there once again I was lucky I found a very nice and friendly portugese woman, she came once a week half a day and stayed with us for 15 years. Now I have my Janka already for 5 years she is from Poland and takes care of us like a mother. Anyway my target is to rather have a cosy home in which we live and not a sort of museum only to show.

The times when we were without cleaning woman for one reason or another, Mr. G. and I shared the chores, I took the dust and vacuumed the rags and took care of the bathroom, he cleaned the floor with the tiles and parquet. Household chores have never been a problem for me, because it is not important only a necessity. There are so many other things in life which for me counted first. My baby, later the little boy, my family, having a cosy home in which it was nice to come home after work. I was never a "stay at home" woman, that would have bored me to death.

Today I have so many things to do that there is no time for chores, I watch that the house is neat and clean, but that's not a big thing for me.

And for those who wonder about my cat collection once a year, I put the glass and ceramic cats in the dishwasher, more fragile once I give a bath and dry them in the sun, which had always been a big fun for the kids. Now there are no kids anymore whom I could amuse.

PS. I never clean the house before visitors, I clean after their visit, there is more dirt ! The only thing I watch are clean toilets, because there people have time to look into the corners ! That's a top tip !

17 comments:

Thom said...

What a funny post. I loved it. And I love the way you think about cleaning after visitors. :)

Pamela said...

your blessed to have cleaning help that you trust. I hate to do chores.. but I hate how anyone else does them more. ha ha.

I've learned a lesson about cleaning. I wait until the grandkids go home to clean, too.

Whew!

Loree said...

I hate chores except washing the clothes but I guess the washing machine does that :) Good tip about keeping the bathroom clean.

Gracie said...

It's a duty for me, not a pleasure! And the bath come first, usually!

diane said...

Yuk hate cleaning but do it once a week so that it doesn't get too bad and is easier to do. I had a cleaning lady who did the ironing too when I was working but not now that I'm retired. I have the time to do it and save some money.

Maribeth said...

I wish I were a Queen and did not need to do any housework. I don't like any of it!

Lil Mouse said...

How true is it that you have to clean after a guest leaves more? Funny! I do admit I am a tad bit jealous that you have help. It's a bit sad that your mom wouldn't let you help do anything. I was folding towels and unloading the automatic dishwasher when I was very small. Just things that I 'could' do, and be a big help. When I know someone is coming, the bathroom IS the first place I go and clean up, though, that is a great tip for everyone! Thanks for playing.

Molly said...

You have a good idea cleaning after the guests leave. maybe I should try that.

Sayre said...

If I could afford a cleaning woman, I might use one. As it is, though, I don't mind doing my own cleaning. Or cleaning for other people either. It's a good skill to have when I need to make a little extra money!

Faye said...

In our mother's generation keeping the house like a shrine was their major goal--I suppose that gave form to their life. Unfortunately, as you say Gattina, kids do not thrive in a shrine. When I was growing up I did housework for people to earn money. I learned how to clean things right. Since I never had children I never hired help. That would have been totally right if I did have kids. Better that they remember you playing with them than cleaning.

grace said...

I have plenty of things I will never do!

The Church Lady said...

Gotta love Maxine! Oh, and I love your bathroom tip too!

Dr.John said...

Cleaning ladies. You are so lucky.

Janis said...

I agree with you on having a cozy home instead of a shrine to look at. I aways try to keep my kitchen n bathrooms clean..those are the messiest. I also learned to clean after guest leave and not before. I am hosting next week..come on over and sign up on Wed.

Melli said...

I love your philosophy! And Maxine's as well! I sort of live by those rules too! But still, I have daily chores that I do not like - cooking is one, and cleaning up AFTER cooking is the other! LOL!

wendishness said...

You're so right, a house should not be a museum!

Lifecruiser Travel Blog said...

Oh, I just love that cartoon, I think I'll make it my 2010 motto! *giggles*