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Scrub Up, Scrub Down. . .

Posted on Jun 15, 2011 by Lisa Ricard Claro   24 Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

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If there were such a contest as Chores That Suck, paying bills and scrubbing toilets would vie for first place.
In the course of my week I perform all sorts of chores: cooking, washing dishes, dusting, and laundry, to name just a few.  I consider each of these to be necessary evils, tasks required in exchange for living in a clean and healthy environment. Scrubbing potties falls under the auspices of “health and cleanliness” as well, but given my druthers I’d sooner opt to check hyperactive kindergarteners for lice or bathe the cat. And paying bills is to one’s mental health what eating lead paint is to the body: toxic.
While I’m whining, let me just say that if I want proof that life is not fair, I need look no further than the fact that Paris Hilton will never pay her own bills or, unless incarcerated, scrub a toilet. If there was ever a famous-for-doing-nothing celebrity who needed to experience potty cleaning on a regular basis, it’s Paris. I think it would be good for her moral fortitude. Don’t you? I’ll donate my time to be her Mr. Miyagi. Wax on, wax off. . .scrub up, scrub down, scrub all around. I’ll even wear a kimono and, hey, I’m over 50 now, so even the goatee should be doable.
What chores do you dread? Pulling weeds? Clipping the dog’s nails? Washing windows? Which must-do activity turns you inside out and what methods do you employ to procrastinate? I, for instance, am writing this scintillating blog post. Next, I believe I’ll seed a pomegranate. Anything to avoid. . .
Scrub up, scrub down, scrub all around. . .
See you Friday!

24 Responses to "Scrub Up, Scrub Down. . ."

  1. Comment by Ellie Garratt
    June 15, 2011 at 5:38 am  

    The Toilet Kid!I loath, hate, despise cleaning the oven. No one else will do it though . . .Ellie Garratt

  2. Comment by tanyavalentine
    June 15, 2011 at 6:01 am  

    As I consider making the jump from SAHM to working full time, I've sought advice from fellow working moms and the one thing they INSISTED I do once I'm working is hire a housekeeper. Even it's a monthly clean, they said. Spend the money to save your marriage because my husband will not see the dirt and when he does, (intentionally or not) he'll never do as good a job as I'd like. So, my new goal is to find a PART-TIME job and still get a housekeeper. I'm aiming high! Until then, I too must scrub up, scrub down. sigh.

  3. Comment by Sarah
    June 15, 2011 at 6:27 am  

    I pay someone else to clean my toilet. When I graduated with my doctorate started to make an actual salary, my husband (who also works intense hours) and I decided we'd let someone else do a few chores for us. It's a total luxury, but I'm willing to give up other things so that I can have that. As for chores I actually have to do that I despise: scrubbing dishes, organizing my children's toys, and yardwork of any kind.

  4. Comment by Margo Benson
    June 15, 2011 at 6:50 am  

    Can't bear cleaning the oven! I also lose the battle with cobwebs in the porch.

  5. Comment by BECKY
    June 15, 2011 at 7:50 am  

    Hmmmm…very interesting, Lisa! Although I don't "enjoy" scrubbing toilets….I would definitely choose that over checking ANYONE for head lice! Eeek! Off and on during the past 15 years or so, I've hired someone to clean my house…and yes, it was heavenly! (notice the word "was") I think my most disliked chore, though, would be putting all the folded clothes and towels away! I almost enjoy the separating, washing, drying, and folding…but those items might stay in the laundry basket for ….too long!

  6. Comment by K9friend
    June 15, 2011 at 7:59 am  

    Housework in general is the most useless, yet neverending task on earth. Five minutes after it's done, it needs to be done again. I once heard housework described as trying to put beads on an unknotted string. So true…

  7. Comment by Tony Benson
    June 15, 2011 at 8:32 am  

    Ok, I'm putting in my vote for Paris Hilton potty scrubbing. I don't like mowing the lawn when I should be writing. Bah! Hmmm, that pomegranite sounds nice…

  8. Comment by Karen Lange
    June 15, 2011 at 10:25 am  

    I do not care for scrubbing the toilet or the tub. Scrubbing the kitchen floor is not my fave either. But I just attended a GED graduation ceremony where one of the grads was a former Cambodian refugee. She shared her moving story, and suddenly my grouchy day to day things didn't seem so bad…I too, procrastinated on above mentioned household projects by writing a blog post. You know the one. let's see, I think the topic was procrastination! 🙂

  9. Comment by Janet,
    June 15, 2011 at 10:36 am  

    I kinda don't care for all housework, but hate dusting. Why? Because I have so much stuff. It is so hard to move things around, get under and beneath it all and dust. I guess I should get rid of some of my treasures.

  10. Comment by Michael G-G
    June 15, 2011 at 10:55 am  

    Great post, Lisa. And funny: you being Paris' Mr. Miyagi. I laughed at the goatee line!I am not big on any chores–probably the reason my kids shy away from them too. Suffice it to say that our house looks very "creative," that is, until my mother comes to stay. And she's coming in July… HELP!!

  11. Comment by Jules
    June 15, 2011 at 11:46 am  

    LOL, I'd help you pay to make her clean a toilet. I'd have to say anything that involves the words scrub, dust, or clean turns me off. You know my hero was always PigPen. 🙂Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

  12. Comment by Kay L. Davies
    June 15, 2011 at 12:39 pm  

    I loved the goatee idea too. Too funny.Chores? I'd like to have the energy and physical flexibility to do my own chores, actually. And I never minded bathroom-cleaning when I lived alone. It's different now. LOLChores I really hate…oven-cleaning, which has to be done because self-cleaning ovens terrify me at a visceral level. And cleaning out the fridge, because heaven knows what kind of growths have grown in there.— KKay, Alberta, CanadaAn Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  13. Comment by Eric 'Bubba' Alder
    June 15, 2011 at 1:57 pm  

    I'm not wild about taking out the trash, but weed whacking is worse. Green stuff splatters everywhere and sometimes it even itches. Blah!

  14. Comment by Bookie
    June 15, 2011 at 4:08 pm  

    At one time, I did not mind cleaning. I loved working and seeing progress with end product. Now I am tired and hubby home all the time so NOHTING is ever done up right anymore. Right now I hate groceries more than anything: make list, load up in store, unload at checker, load up car, unload at home. Then it has to be sorted, cooked and cleaned up after! Yuck!!!

  15. Comment by Carmen Myrtis-Garcia
    June 15, 2011 at 5:36 pm  

    Laundry and loading the dishwasher~~~although I remind myself to express gratitude that I am privileged to have a washer/dryer and a dishwasher. I grew up without these conveniences…not even indoor plumbing. At times I must stop and remind myself how far my life has come over the decades and how hard it was for my grandparents whom I lived with.

  16. Comment by Debra Mayhew
    June 15, 2011 at 6:17 pm  

    Absolute least favorite job is the toilet, but a close second is the refrigerator. I haven't cleaned out the tray underneath our fridge EVER. I'm both proud and ashamed of that fact. 🙂

  17. Comment by Cathy C. Hall
    June 15, 2011 at 9:51 pm  

    Um, toilets don't bother me that much. Is that weird? I HATE putting the silverware away and I make varied Halls put gas in my car. And I didn't know there were people (besides my mom-in-law-may she rest in peace) who cleaned their ovens. Then again, I don't really use the oven much…:-)P.S. I'm with Becky on the head lice. I mean, ewwwwwww.

  18. Comment by Tammy
    June 15, 2011 at 10:32 pm  

    Great post. I reacted so emotionally to it–Ha! My Most Dreaded Chore is vacuuming. Hate it hate it hate it. Oh, and my neighbors have a gigantic maple tree that plants several thousand maples in my yard every year. So every year, I have to pull them all because the products designed to stop the seeds from germinating just don't work. OH! And cleaning out the gutters. 'Kay, I'm leaving before I think of more….

  19. Comment by Sioux
    June 16, 2011 at 1:35 am  

    I hate cleaning the blinds. They're in the kitchen, so they don't just get dusty, they also get greasy.

  20. Comment by Katie Gates
    June 16, 2011 at 11:51 am  

    I hate house-cleaning simply because it feels so redundant. I find myself asking, "Didn't I just vacuum three months ago?" (Okay, I'm exaggerating. I don't clean that often…) Weird, though, I find bill-paying relaxing. It's the math. Math has always been a source of grounding for me because there are no grey areas. Grey areas… I'm looking around. Time to clean again. Damn, I hate to clean!

  21. Comment by Shannon Lawrence
    June 16, 2011 at 3:19 pm  

    I hate cleaning bathrooms. Toilets because they are gross, and tubs because they are not convenient to clean. For some reason, I enjoy everything about laundry except putting it away. The rest is easy, but putting it away takes time, I guess. Odd, I know. Other than that, it's all monotonous and frustrating, because the kids just follow behind like tiny Tazmanian devils and mess it all up again. I could make a list of people I think need to do some real work!

  22. Comment by M Pax
    June 16, 2011 at 4:32 pm  

    I hate doing floors. Toilets is up there.

  23. Comment by Carmen @ Life Lines
    June 16, 2011 at 6:26 pm  

    Debra, there's a tray under the refrigerator??? LOL

  24. Comment by Joanne
    June 18, 2011 at 11:01 am  

    UGHHHHHHHH!!!!!! I hear Ya sista! I try really hard not to think of the Paris Hiltons of the world, but………*(throwing myself down on the floor and kicking in a trantrum fit)* NOT FAIR! NOT FAIR! NOT FAIR!phew I feel better now. Blessings , Joanne

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