What depresses me is not only the Sisyphean nature of it, but the slow decline of the house and the things in it. I can vacuum the carpet, but really it needs to be replaced. I can dust, but I start looking at the dings and chips on the molding and wonder when I'll get around to replacing that. I need to paint, and I only get two days off a week. If it takes me a day to clean and do the grocery shopping and start the laundry, when am I ever going to paint?
I can understand the idea of gratitude to some degree though. I remember when Hurricane Katrina was going on. I went to bed feeling very grateful for a warm, dry, safe bed. There are bazillions of people around the world with nothing, who would love to swap places with me.
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6/10/14 1:15 P
I have to agree with the attitude of gratitude. I spent enough time without a home of my own to realize that it is a blessing every time I clean. A clean kitchen that is mine is a source of pride. I cleaned out my refrigerator the other day and marveled at how much was in it. Some problems are outward signs of good fortune and prosperity. I hope to never take them for granted.
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6/9/14 3:45 P
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“Few tasks are more like the torture of Sisyphus than housework, with its endless repetition: the clean becomes soiled, the soiled is made clean, over and over, day after day.” ― Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex
That's what I think about housework. I'm Sisyphus rolling that rock up the mountain day after day after day.
“Housework won't kill you, but then again, why take the chance?” ― Phyllis Diller
I'm with Phyllis !
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6/9/14 3:15 P
Nope, not grateful for housework and doubt I will be anytime soon. Maybe if there were more people in my house that took some initiative to keep the house looking clean I might find more incentive myself. As a woman, I resent that we are the ones expected to do the majority of the housework and at 57 I've begun to rebel.
I am grateful for many things in my life but I have learned that life is short and if I spend all my time doing things I "should" do or things I "must" do then I become miserable and resentful. A messy house is my trade off for keeping myself in a better frame of mind.
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25 6/9/14 2:45 P
Huge apologies for beating a dead horse, but the thing with housework sapping energy is because of mindset. Most everyone hates doing chores, and most of us put them off. And we do have *ahem* other people we know who nag us and scold us for that and label us as lazy.
The reason for procrastination is fear. My fear underlying my housework-centric procrastination is a secret, and I realized that's the reason why I resist cleaning and keeping it clean. I decided to meditate and affirm a lot to let the fear go and think of it differently. I think of it as all boiling down to blessing my house and showing gratitude for it. For instance, when I clean the floors, I'm thankful for doing it to provide me a place to walk around (and exercise on it). Ditto for the clothing I wash - I'm grateful for wearing them to work out with pride!
The message is to think of housework as something to do because YOU'RE GRATEFUL. That way it's perceived more of a positive thing than a negative one.
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3/10/14 4:05 P
I hate housework and resent every minute I spend doing it. I remember a few years ago I tallied up the number of times I had likely cleaned a toilet...it came to over 3000 times. Most of the homes I have lived in have had more than one toilet, my current home has 3 bathrooms, it adds up quickly. I will admit since I've hit my 50's housework has become a very low priority, I clean when company is coming otherwise it is a cursory wipe down and an occasional vacuuming of the house. Aside from a few more cobwebs and dust bunnies we don't seem any worse for wear. I wish I had taken this view when I was younger, so much time spent on such "soul crushing" endless tasks. Now that I'm older, I couldn't give a hoot what anyone thinks of my "messy" home, it is comfortable and functional and that is good enough for me!
It's definitely the soul-crushing nature of drudgery.
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3/10/14 1:37 P
lol I had the same conversation with myself this morning! I don't count calories burned but I do have to set my timer and see how much I can get done in 15 minutes. I got that from flylady.com and without my timer I would be lost. Today I tried to convince myself that I was blessing my house but finally had to say that I would feel better with clean sheets and I do not like a messy kitchen.
I'm glad I'm not the only one who feels that way. It's like exercise - but it produces the opposite of endorphins.
3/10/14 9:32 A
You clean something and it gets dirty again. It's like an endless loop of the same crap over and over.
With exercise you see and feel progress. Your efforts are rewarded with improvement.
Having said all this, I think I'm going to start timing my dishwasher unloading efforts. I think I can get it down to under 1:30.
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3/9/14 8:22 P
Simply put: it's mental torture.
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3/9/14 7:18 P
I think it's the soul crushing nature.
It seriously takes me 10 minutes to clean the bathroom but feels worse than running a marathon, with none of the satisfaction.
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3,412 3/9/14 7:17 P
not very exciting and monotonious
3/9/14 6:56 P
I believe that there is a heavy cleaning option on SP. I use it for things like scrubbing the tub. Unfortunately, housework isn't very fun. I like to listen to a good podcast or an audio book to help the time pass.
In relation to the calories it actually burns, it's exhausting. Is it the low-intensity? Is it the soul-crushing nature of the chore in general? Same with grocery shopping. I've been doing both all weekend and I'm very tired, but according to my calculations, I really haven't burned very many calories.
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