Housework: Like or Loathe?

I like the feeling of a clean and orderly house: it makes my brain feel clean and orderly, too. And not just cleaning, but organizing and doing all the other tasks that beg to be done. I jump into some tasks and avoid others.

This is a follow-up to To-Do List Delay Tactics.

Here’s what I like, what I don’t mind, and what I despise!

House and Yard Related

Making lasagna

Jump In:

  • Meal planning
  • Grocery shopping
  • Cooking
  • Baking
  • Cleaning the fridge
  • Doing laundry
  • Decluttering
  • Recycling
  • Tracking budget and paying bills
  • Filing income tax return
  • Mowing lawn
  • Trimming shrubs
  • Shovelling snow

Yes, I shovelled this

Don’t Mind:

  • Cleaning cat litter box
  • Cleaning up hairballs
  • Taking out garbage

Hesitate (I do these things routinely, but with sighs):

  • Doing the dishes (in the sink)
  • Unloading the dishwasher
  • Emptying and washing the compost bin
  • Cleaning out the toaster
  • Making yogurt
  • Vacuuming
  • Dusting
  • Shredding documents, cleaning out shredder
  • Cleaning the bathroom
  • Mopping floors
  • Putting gas in the car
  • Weeding
  • Shovelling snow in the rain

Actively Avoid:

  • Hand washing clothes
  • Cleaning/polishing shoes & boots
  • Ironing
  • Cleaning the oven
  • Cleaning the microwave
  • Putting air in car tires
  • Using string trimmer

My bro, sis and I each got an iron for Xmas!

My child recently moved out, but here is my list for parenting a 16-18 year old!

Parenting-Related (Older Teen):


  • Having child’s friends in the house in the morning before school/work
  • Participating in fund raising campaigns
  • Giving driving lessons
  • Dealing with truancy
  • Enforcing bed time


  • Attending curriculum nights and parent meetings at school
  • Supervising parties / sleepovers at home (had lots)
  • Extra floor cleaning because of tromping through the house in boots
  • Extra kitchen cleaning because of sketchy job by said teen

One of Link’s innumerable house parties

Jump in:

  • Chauffeuring
  • Homework help
  • Clothes shopping
  • Road trips / vacations
  • Attending concerts, art shows, etc.
  • Chaperoning events

Overall, Link was easy to deal with and I was very fortunate.

I’d love to know about your favourite and least favourite household tasks!


  1. I think only your last list would have made my jump in list. Everything else is an unfortunate necessity and gets done, but I can’t say I love any of it. Now if we had a list that includes a fireplace a good book and a cup of coffee or tea, I’d jump right to that one. Or even a Sunday walk or drive..

  2. Love your list! I like everything about housekeeping except for bathrooms (cleaning toilets, cleaning showers…ick!). No cats–cleaning their hair or litterbox would gross me out. And like you I dread teaching anyone how to drive (did it three times and never again!).

  3. SarahN

    I hesitate with washing up – but love it when it’s done! Likewise with hand washing, I hesitate, but when it’s done I feel so good! (I don’t like lingering visible ‘piles’). I don’t much like vacuuming, mainly that the vac is NEVER where I want it to be (two story place). But it gets done weekly, but seldom the whole place at once. I’m yet to clean the oven (in 9 months!). Not a fan of toilet cleaning, but I’m getting better (and spurred on by imminent guests largely!) Though I’m only 27, I had two years managing a boarding school brood of adolescents, so I can empathise with your list – I hated getting 40 kids to school, and TRYING to get them to look like they are at an expensive school (right shoes, socks, ribbons, shirts, jumpers etc etc)! I didn’t bother with bedtimes, I figured so long as they were quiet, let me and others sleep, I’d let it be.

  4. I like how you are able to put your chores into Love, don’t mind and hate categories – I must say I had never really thought of them like that and it has given me a whole new view point and I now realise why some things don’t get done very often. I like the fact that you put cleaning cat litter and hair balls quite high on the list even above cleaner jobs like ironing – I actually like doing my ironing I use it as my thinking time or I listen to audio books – I like to have everything smoothed and folded or hung and I will iron everything but my tights and that is only because they would melt! (yeah my friends all think I am nuts too!)

    • We have a little laundry issue at my house. Rom does all the laundry, but does not notice wrinkles and creases. So I often choose something to wear before work, only to find I have to iron it at the last minute. We have been working to resolve this but it never quite works out. I am hesitant to jump in and take over! Meanwhile, ironing is a source of “anxiety”!

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