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What’s Your Least Favorite Household Chore?

What’s Your Least Favorite Household Chore?


You’d be hard-pressed to find a more clean and organized person than my mom. Friends beg her to clean out their closets. When she was visiting me in college, I came home to find that she hadn’t gone out exploring, but instead had lint-rolled my entire bedroom carpet because I didn’t have a vacuum cleaner. Even the closet under the stairs in our unfinished basement was in pristine shape. Sadly, she didn’t pass these traits on to me. I’m much more inclined to, say, stuff a big pile of papers in a desk drawer because company is coming over, type of cleaner. My bedroom stays neat and organized for about one week before it reverts back to its natural, chaotic, state. Unfortunately, that particular gene isn’t passed down.

My mom and I are very different in that regard, but there is one thing we have in common: we both hate, hate, hate doing the dishes. It’s gross, especially if  it’s not your own dish! It’s tedious. It’s like a never-ending game of whack-a-mole — you think you’ve done them all and then, out of nowhere, 10 more pop up. My daydreams are about owning a dishwasher; my nightmares are about washing cheese graters.

What about you, readers? What’s your least favorite household chore? What’s your favorite? Do you have any tips and tricks for making dreaded chores more bearable? Tell us about it in the comments!

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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11:52AM PDT on May 15, 2013

I don't mind smaller dishes (plates, cups, bowls) but for some mysterious reason hate washing bigger dishes (frying pans, cookie sheets, the crock pot). I also hate mopping. Other than that I LOVE to clean

12:13PM PDT on Apr 15, 2013

I hate cleaning the toilet and tub. I think it is disgusting - especially if the water splashes off the bristles of the toilet scrubber. Oh, I don't do closets either....

2:47AM PDT on Apr 9, 2013

House chores helps train our determination and improve our hygiene.
It may be very tiring and even sometimes we even have to drag ourselves into doing it, but after the chores has been done, there is a lot of self-satisfaction

11:43AM PST on Mar 2, 2013

Window cleaning (lots of small panes), dusting and cob-webbing !!! We've got "rough" natural stone walls in the main room, with a mezzanine at one end (floor to ceiling at the high end is nearly 5 metres !). Even with the "extended" tools, the cobwebs tend to stick to the rough stone and it's a PAIN getting them off. Recently found an extremely long hose extension for the hoover and that helps, but still hate these jobs (like another member said - it's more displacement than cleaning LOL ) !!! Anything else, no problem (hubby does most "nasty" jobs, except the cat trays), my iron retired when I did, so laundry goes out on hangers in summer and in the dryer in winter (take it out HOT & put straight on hangers, or fold).

10:49AM PST on Mar 2, 2013

Doing the dishes is a snap compared with scrubbing the bathroom... & who enjoys mopping & vacuuming? I wish I could afford a housekeeper!

11:46PM PST on Mar 1, 2013

I don't mind dishes, and since I found Swiffer dusters, that goes very quickly. I have a habit of having little nik-naks around to dust, and swiffer saved me from myself. But the bathroom shower and tub is the absolute worst! We have very hard water and the scum on the shower doors is enough to send me off the edge. I cannot ever really get it clean anymore. However, I think the oven is the nightmare I avoid, I make my hubby do that. Can't take the chemical smells and try to find something 'green' that cleans ovens...does anybody know a product?

6:55AM PST on Feb 27, 2013

Doing the dishes is definitely the worst. Ironing also sucks.
Not a fan of doing the laundry.
I quite like dusting, mopping, cleaning the house. It relieves stress, for me at least.

7:53AM PST on Feb 24, 2013

I hate to dust. I would clean anything else but leave the dusting for "when I have more time". Therefore, I have to rush around like a mad woman when someone is coming over and I suspect they will actually look at an end table rather than the freshly vacuumed carpet.

5:23PM PST on Feb 22, 2013

I'm in different to all chores, they need to be done whether I like it or not, why get myself all worked up and stressed over a chore?

1:30PM PST on Feb 22, 2013

Ironing is something I totally refuse to do, if the label doesn't indicate easy care it doesn't come home from the store with me. The toilet is my next hate.

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