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Tuesday, March 27, 2007


We all have them. It's the laundry pile that grows larger even when we're steadily doing loads. It's the house that seems dirty two seconds after we cleaned it. It's the dishes that seem to multiply in the sink.

But there's always one, isn't there, that you just . You dread it. You procrastinate it. Even if you're not a procrastinator--which I'm not. Maybe it's cleaning the tub or mowing the grass or paying the bills.

For me, though, the chore I dread is the grocery. I don't have an aversion to shopping or spending money. I like food. I like having something to cook when five o'clock rolls around. But I know why I grocery shopping. It's the ineffeciency of the whole process. Have you ever thought about how many times you handle the food? (You will now.) You pick the food up and put it in the cart. You take it from the cart and place it on the conveyer belt. You put the bags back in your cart. You put the bags in your car. You take the bags from your car and bring them into your house. You put the groceries away. See what I mean? I'm already tired.

But this is a chore I can only put off for so long, because I have an alarm clock that goes off when the cupboards get bare. Three of them actually. They say things like "There's nothing to eat" and "When are you going to the grocery, Mom?" and "Where's the food?" To make it worse, we have a teenager in the house who can empty multiple packages of food on the same day they were purchased.

So what's your dreaded chore?
Denise Hunter  
posted at 8:30 AM  
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At 9:58 AM, Blogger allen etter said...

Cleaning the kitchen...and the boys' room...

At 10:12 AM, Blogger Jaime Wright said...

putting clean laundry away! My husband has learned we can sell our dressers for all they're worth. I do laundry in the laundry room, get the clean clothes neatly folded into the basket and .... they're still there a week later. We've learned to dress in the laundry room. At least we don't have kids to add to the mix ...

At 10:22 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I hate laundry. Maybe for the same reason you hate grocery shopping. You have to handle those clothes so many times. You put them from the hamper into the basket, carry them downstairs. Take them out of the basket and put them in piles. Put the first pile in the washer. Take the wet clothes from washer to the dryer. Take them from the dryer to a basket. Fold them. Put them back in the basket and take them upstairs. Take them out of the basket and hang them up or put them in drawers. And the whole process starts all over again.

At 10:40 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

I'm with you, I hate grocery shopping. I'd much rather go out to eat. *g*

At 10:46 AM, Blogger Bethanie said...

my laundry day is a little simpler than yours colleen. the pile goes from the bathroom to the washing machine, then to the dryer, into the basket, and back to my bedroom. then most of the time it just stays in the basket till i wear it. or i do a total bedroom cleanup. i'm so lazy!

the job i hate the most though is emptying the dishwasher. i feel like noone else does it and i do it every day. noone else washes it either... they just look and go ooh it's full and lump the dishes in the sink and disappear. so i come, wash it, empty it and fill it. and if it's clean or empty, noone looks either, they just fill the sink and leave it for me.


i also hate taking the garbage out. i avoid it for as long as possible until i have the trash can full and then an extra shopping bag full, and noone is home, so i HAVE to do it. lol.

changing the kitty litter is no fun either. smelly job.

At 11:19 AM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

UH! Thanks a lot Colleen! Now I hate laundry too.

At 12:47 PM, Blogger Pam S. said...

I'm with you: I hate grocery shopping.

At 1:31 PM, Blogger T. Forkner said...

I'm with you,Denise. I hate grocery shopping because it takes so long. My legs are always tired by the time I finish it.

I hate laundry too, but my hubby does almost all of the towels, sheets, his clothes and the kid's clothes.

I know, I'm not bragging. I'm just really blessed to have him! :)

At 2:30 PM, Blogger Katie Johnson said...

Unloading the dishwasher. When I'm loading it I stand there thinking "What an amazingly wonderful invention! The mother of all inventions!" And then it's done and I have to uload that mismash of dishes into different cupboards all over the kitchen and it just makes me shudder.

Most times I have to trick myself to do it. I unload all the clean dishes onto the counter, but OH NO, I'm not going to put them away. It takes me an hour to get them all done because I refuse to do them all at once. Honestly, I think I'm quite weird. And now you will too.

Katie Johnson

At 3:04 PM, Blogger Suzanne said...

I pretty much hate all of the housework that I do (except the cooking, I *LOVE* the cooking!) I hate to dust (it just gets dusty agaian) I hate to iron (I yell at my husband when he wears the freshly ironed I hate to do the laundry, dishes, vacuum, clean toilets....I need a maid

At 3:29 PM, Blogger Valerie said...


I love to clean bathrooms and will gladly do ten of them before ironing one shirt. I just dread it. In fact, if an article of clothing doesn't pass my "wrinkle test" in the store, I won't buy it.

I love to do laundry and I don't mind grocery shopping. Dusting's fine, too. I'm not keen on vacuuming, but that's because it's hard on my back.

I'd also rather wash dishes than dry them...probably because I love to play in the water. :D

At 8:38 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Everything!! LOL!! No, seriously, I despise sweeping/mopping...
especially since our kitchen floor is SO hard to clean...but that's why I have kids:-)

At 11:42 PM, Blogger Shauna said...

Oh, I can't wait until my kids are old enough for chores! I mean major chores. LOL!

Okay, what don't I like to do? Uh, grocery shopping of course, although I've never known why. Thanks Denise. It makes sense now.

And I HATE laundry. My husband will sort, wash, dry and fold the laundry, but he won't put it away. That's my we usually have to go rummaging through baskets or stacks of laundry in search of clothes.

Unloading the dishwasher. Can't stand it. Seems like a waste of time. A friend of mine told me her brother was thinking of building a house with two dishwashers. Then you never have to put away your dishes - you wash them, use them and, when they're dirty, move them to the other dishwasher and turn it on. A wonderful cycle that I think has real merit!

Now, ask me to load a dishwasher, and I consider it a work of art! I can stack a dishwasher like nobody's business. I have in my mind, the perfect place for everything and I've been known to rearrange stuff if it's not put in properly....and not only in my dishwasher! I'll move stuff around in other people's, too. LOL! Kinda like toiletpaper on the has to be put on the RIGHT way!

At 6:51 AM, Blogger Mazzuca Maddness said...

I HATE laundry! I don't mind putting clothes in the wash. I don't mind putting clothes in the dryer. Yet, after that, I'm at a loss. I just don't want to go on! So, I end up having to wash clothes twice because they just sit in the washer while the clothes sit untouched in the dryer. And my husband (bless his heart) thinks he is helping when he says, "Hey, I got the laundry started for you! All you have to do it take it out of the dryer and put it away!" Ugh! And even now, when I don't have a dryer and have realized the wonderful world of hung dried clothes (they smell soooo good!) I have this awful task of IRONING!!! Does it ever get easier?


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