As a domestic engineer, there are numerous household duties that I have to do to keep things running smoothly around the house. I was thinking about all the things that I have to do and there are a lot that I really despise, some that aren’t too bad and others that I kind of enjoy. As you might suspect, this is about the ones that I despise.
I have two baskets of clean laundry that have been sitting (one in the living room and one in my bedroom) full of unfolded clothes for over 24 hours. I really dislike putting clothes away. I’ll sort whites and colors, actually do the laundry and hell, I would even iron, if I actually needed to iron something, but folding and putting clothes away sucks.
Unloading the dishwasher is another thorn in my side. I will wash dishes, load the dishwasher and even rearrange the dirty dishes in the dishwasher if someone does it not to my liking, but I loathe putting the dishes away. I dislike not being able to carry more than 3 or 4 glasses at a time, putting those away, turning around, getting another 3 glasses and placing them on the shelf, etc. I also dislike when they are still kind of wet or some gross water and food particles have accumulated in an overturned bowl or a divot in the top of a cup.
I watched an episode of Oprah a few years ago and she said she likes to have clean sheets on her bed at least every other day. Obviously, Oprah wasn’t having to stretch, pull and tug fitted sheets over mattress corners, she probably made Gail do it. Or pull beds out from the wall, remove copious amounts of stuffed animals or a bed rail in order to get dirty sheets off. In that same episode of Oprah, they talked to a guy who hadn’t changed his sheets in over 4 years. While that would be awesome not to have to change sheets once but every showing of the Olympic Games (see how topical I can be?), even that made me want to puke.
I don’t think I’m alone in my next crappy job. No pun intended. Cleaning the bathrooms is the worst. There really isn’t anything for me to elaborate on with this one. Bathrooms are disgusting by their very nature. Cleaning them is even more disgusting.
My next domestic duty dislike may surprise a lot of people but I do not like making breakfast. Even something as simple as a bowl of cereal is an irritation. I’m not sure why because I do like to cook and if it’s the weekend, I tend not to dislike it as much, but it has long been something that I enjoy. I think I probably just want to get up, have my coffee and watch the Today Show.
The final detested household chore is taking out the garbage. Again, not shocking that this is something that I’m not entirely fond of. Afterall, who likes grabbing a plastic bag stuffed with waste all the while attempting not to touch any of the disposed coffee grounds, food scraps and the occasional moldy piece of cheese found in the back of the refrigerator? And don’t get me started on the smell.
The best thing about all of my despised drudgeries is that I hear that I can pay someone to do them for me! Now I just have to figure out that issue of me being incredibly cheap.