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 !