My Least Favorite Chore As A Mother (Day 23)

There are a few jobs I absolutely disdain doing around the house.  All too often, I put them off to the last minute, and then I kick myself when my husband steps in to help get the job done.

The word for my day:

Laundry.

As a mother, the stuff is never. ending!  The pile gets higher, and am I the only mom who feels a slight sense of rage when, upon completion of the laundry, you see someone take clothes they’ve worn all day and toss them in the dirty laundry basket?  Because, I know I sometimes feel rage when the laundry begins piling up, right after the last load of clean clothes were put away.

Laundry is, by far, my least favorite household chore.  I could use any excuse in the book to avoid doing the laundry – in fact, I am pretty sure I already do use every excuse in the book.  As regimented as I can be about structuring my weeks, I have noticed laundry gets pushed to the back burner, and is my lowest priority.

I have learned to focus on my other least-favorite chores by embracing the quote,

“Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love.”  St. Teresa of Calcutta

That mantra has become my go-to saying whenever I am disliking a task, whether it is in regard to washing dishes or vacuuming.  Yet, when it comes to laundry, I am unable to remind myself of, or feel, any connection between love and laundry .

Perhaps my dislike of doing laundry has to do with how stop and go repetitive it is – I can’t just stand there and power through it, like I can with the dishes and vacuuming.  The mere act of laundry forces me to take a break from it and walk away.  Then, I forget to go back to finish the wash, forcing me to re-wash before drying.

No matter what the reason, I need to do better at prioritizing the household chore that holds the least value and joy in my home.

Because, for some odd reason, at the beginning of the day, the members of this family want clean clothes, that are washed, pressed, and looking presentable, in order to go out in public.

What is your least favorite chore?

How do you get motivated to buckle down and do the household chores that are your least favorite?

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  1. I hate scrubbing our shower! We are on a farm and have well water. What that means is my shower gets a coating of lime, calcium and it turns a weird brown due to the minerals in the water. It is incredibly hard to get off and it doesn’t get any better by putting it off. I have yet to find a product that makes this job easy. Unfortunately, I have designated tomorrow as shower scrubbing day……big sigh. Upside to well water…..they say the minerals are good for us!

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  2. I have a hard time getting motivated when I know the task is going to be undone almost immediately. The worst is scrubbing the floor.

    I actually just did a post about my own cleaning issues.

    http://www.sweepingupjoy.com/do-you-norwex-giveaway/

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