Do you struggle with housework? I must admit today I was really struggling to care for my home. I wanted to give it a beautiful clean and polish, however I just wasn’t feeling motivated. As I looked at the dishes in the sink, the filthy floors and stinky toilet, and clothes on the floor. I thought house work, I have all these chores to do today, now that’s exciting! I then thought why do I do it. Well I do it because it makes me feel good to live in a clean tidy house. I like order, I need order and I find order comforting. I also like to provide a comfortable and clean environment for my family, it is one of the ways I take care of them. Housework is about caring for me, and caring for my family. Therefore it only makes sense to change the work from house work to home care, and those chores have become important daily tasks. It now sounds so much more enticing. After all important people do not do chores they do important tasks or projects. With enthusiasm I got stuck into my tasks, washing dishes, picking up clothes and do oodles of washing, vacuuming floors, cleaning toilets and bathrooms. Then I hit an obstacle when it came to mopping the floors. Whoops I broke two mops, I did manage to finish my floors, however now I need a new mop. I am not sure what the deep and meaningful message of my broken mops are. Maybe it is suggesting I need a new approach to cleaning or I should just go do some other self-care activity that is a little more enjoyable. Any way I put the music on, opened up the windows and now have delightfully clean floors. Now off to do some ironing and listen to a pod cast. Through listening to podcasts ironing time has been transformed into such an intellectually stimulating part of the day.
Quote: Our house is clean enough to be healthy, and dirty enough to be happy~Author Unknown
I think the above quote is important to keep in mind, yes I want a clean house not a sterile stiff house.
What is your perspective on housework ? Would love to hear your comments on the subject.
- House Work (seeingitmyway.com)
- They don’t call it houseWORK for nothing (thefatgirlsguidetorunning.com)
- God, The FLYLady, and Me (delightfulnest.wordpress.com)
- doing housework to feel good about myself (baileysbelljar.wordpress.com)
As a Happy Suburban Chick I strive to make other members in my household comfy and cared for. This means providing a clean house, clean clothes, cooked meals and keeping things in order. Yes housework, so attending to those domestic chores helps me look after my family and the order that comes from it makes me feel more calm and relaxed. So today I got in-touch with my inner domestic goddess and did some cleaning, washing and ironing. I think society undervalues these mundane chores, and I think they are very important to attend to.
I also took time out to be “mean ” to my children by dragging them away from the computer and taking them for a lovely long walk around the lake. Even though I have to force them to go for long walks with me they actually enjoy it. Mighty Mouse really did not want to go, then once we got half way round the lake and he found the ducks and swans he just didn’t want to come home. I hope when they are grown up they remember the effort I went to, in order to spend time with them and be “mean” by taking them for delightful walks around the lake.
I also got to curl up in bed this morning reading a book and then do my journalling in my morning pages, the nice thing about school holidays is sleep ins and lots of opportunities to enjoy being lazy.
“The career of motherhood and homemaking is beyond value and needs no justification. Its importance is incalculable.”
― Katherine Short (at http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/homemaking)