Most hated household chore...

Annoying household chore, household chore, hated h - The most hated household chores for me is ironing and washing the dishes.
Philippines
October 27, 2009 5:06am CST
I know everyone know to do household chores as being taught by your mother in particular. However their are kinds of household chores which I hate to do but I am still oblige to do whether I like it or not as no one is available to take it from me. The most annoying household chores on my list are ironing and washing the dishes. Dishes need to be wash everyday it is a monotonous task, while ironing could be done at least once a week but the pile of clothes is horrendous. Those household chore is kinda tiring and boring. How about you, What kinds of household chores do you hate most? Kindly shares your thoughts. Thanks.
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@youless (94251)
• Guangzhou, China
28 Oct 09
I hate to wash the dishes after meal. I like cooking and eating. I think it is enjoyable. However, I hate wash dishes after that and this is quite boring. But it is our daily housework and my husband and I have to do it in turn. I love China
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• Philippines
28 Oct 09
hi youless, That what i do most of the times too, i like to cook and thus the agreement with my other companion if they like to taste my food they have to agree to wash the dishes or else i would not cook. As it really annoy me just imagine I do the cooking, the serving on the table then after that I am still the one to wash the dishes and if that is done everyday it really feel exhausted at the end of the day. It is a repetitive task and basically very boring but have to do it and you are lucky as your husband help you to lighten your other household chores. thanks
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@vialdana (69)
28 Oct 09
For me the worst one is ironing - so I don't do it! I know that sounds a bit extreme, but what I do is I hang all my washing very carefully and stretch out all the creases as I go so that about 99% of what I wash and wear (for hubby too) doesn't actually need ironing. Obviously there's the odd outfit that needs it - fancy interview outfits, or wedding outfits and that sort of thing, but even then, I tend to try and pick clothing which doesn't need too much attending to in this way. (Btw, I quite like washing up - I can sit on my perch stool and watch the world go by as I do it lol.).
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• Philippines
28 Oct 09
hi vialdana, yeah, same with me and i hate to do the ironing with a high pile of clothing and it would not bother me much if the clothes is only few. In my place they resolve this wrinkle clothing issues to remove the crease they often use fabric conditioner then after the cloth dry it feels so smooth and their is no need to iron it. In terms of formal occasion i also see to it to iron my clothes so that I would even look pleasing especially if you like to convey a neat and decent images. Well, in terms of washing I could also do it but with few dishes and hate high piling especially if i do it most of the times and everyday is an annoying sights. thanks
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@kun2349 (23475)
• Singapore
28 Oct 09
I think i dislike ironing as well.. haha =D Though it's only done about once a week, but every shirt has to be ironed really well, and perfect.. haha =D It's tedious, especially when it comes to those shirts or pants, whereby it has really got to be straight!! haha =D Just imagine if the whole family is working in those companies, needing shirts, pants etc, wont the ironing be mountainous, and taking a long long time?? lol =D
• Philippines
28 Oct 09
hello kun, yeah, same with me..as before i finish my ironing I am all sweat all over then have to move fast, if I slow down my electric bills would surely rise..lol.. that would really be annoying doing ironing then those piles of clothing everyday if that is your job need to have a mighty hand and really have to withstand the long standing... need to be patience have to inspect all the details of the fabric if their still wrinkle or else your boss gonna fire you out...
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@kun2349 (23475)
• Singapore
28 Oct 09
lol =D YEah, thus sometimes i do pity those maids, who has to do the ironing everyday, on top of the household chores.. hehe ^_^ IT's definitely not easy, and what's more, some clothes has to be handle with care, so as not to burn them, with the heat.. lol =D
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• Philippines
28 Oct 09
Yeah..it is really a hard task and need to be very careful and patience... how about you have you already experience burning a cloth when you left the iron?
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@zed_k4 (17627)
• Singapore
28 Oct 09
Actually, I dislike very much to paint the house... It can be very tedious for me, because I would make sure everything is done perfect. I would have a first coating and second coating and then I would make sure all the edges are perfectly painted. I can be quite fussy in this, and that's why whenever I have a painting job to do, I'll get very2x cranky, LOL.. But once I've done a bit, I'll be very diligent and yeah, the trying to paint perfectly syndrome comes and there you go..
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• Philippines
28 Oct 09
hi zed-k4, hey..you know to paint too..well..my father too love to paint.. yeah, you have to paint using the brush with the same stroke as if you apply too much or too little paint it would definitely never look fine.. me like to paint to and have to cover the floor with newspapers so that the dripping would not stain the floor... but have to cover you nose with mask as you may inhale the fumes it may be dangerous to the lungs.. and after the effort you just have to sit down and marvel on your paint almost perfectly flawless.. what paint are you using the enamel or the acrylic types?
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@zed_k4 (17627)
• Singapore
29 Oct 09
I like the acrylic ones.. You are right, Neelia.. the pain inhaling might be dangerous.. sometimes I get headaches once I start to paint the house, part and parcel for why I hate painting so much, LOL.. But I like drawing abstracts just for fun, using the watercolor... hmmmmmmm.. magic pen and whatnot..
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• Philippines
29 Oct 09
yeah, and they are shiny and glossy... so you really need to cover your nose most of the times... well, painting is an art though have to love what you are doing if not they would likely end up unappreciated... great..you're also an artist too... abstract? I am also fond of it, as most of the times doing doodles until my desires level it high to likes abstract works... i do loves old painting especially the still life subject... it often trick the eyes...
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@ckyera (17261)
• Philippines
27 Oct 09
hi again! there's only two thing that i hate doing but i have to do...doing the laundry & ironing of clothes! both are equally tiring to me... i hate to do those things but those are also the most essential thing that i have to do in the house aside from cooking...but at least i like cooking, with dish washing, well not much problem about that coz its not that tiring except when there's a lot of dirty dishes, i just hate the long standing while washing the dishes...but anyway, i do have someone here who help me in washing our dishes, so no problem about it...
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@zed_k4 (17627)
• Singapore
28 Oct 09
Wow.. you are really very well skilled in household chores.. awesome..
@ckyera (17261)
• Philippines
28 Oct 09
huh! not really..just a little... hehe
• Philippines
28 Oct 09
hi ckyera, Yeah, both household chores you mention are twins as usual after you wash clothes , hang it dry, then pick it up and the next things is to iron them. Cooking too could not be tiring to do, especially if one is hungry and you have no one to rely on. You need to cook or else you would go hungry. Aside from it their is a need to estimate the time like when your husband would take lunch in your home, you need to cook at least 1 hour in advance before he go home as when he finally arrive all is set and ready for him. The same things to in the evening and in breakfast. I myself like to cook food intended for afternoon or evening as I could not wake up early in the morning then i do not cook and just have to have a cup of coffee and hot pandesal. Then, at 10 am it is now my time to eat for my breakfast. In my house too we were only 5 with my sister, parents and 1 niece, then all have shared responsibilities in the household, Just like you it is annoying to wash dishes in my case after a party as the dishes are piling high. Good for you as you have assistance. thanks
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• Philippines
28 Oct 09
Yes nelianoscet, there are houshold work that we hate. Mine is washing the clothes. I usually wash clothes during Saturdays and i really hate doing it. I just can't do anything i have to do it otherwise it will pile up more and that would be a harder job for me. I dont like ironing too. In fact i only iron clothes we need for the week.
• Philippines
28 Oct 09
hi triplejazzm51, Washing makes my hands feel cold, all sorts of washing ranging from washing dishes, laundry, cleaning the bathroom and the whole house. Yeah, you are right although some household chores is annoying have to keep it up to do it as what you mention it would just pile up which no one like to happen. It is a quite messing with dirty and unclean surrounding makes a home not a nice home to stay so to keep it smelling clean all over , all need to clean all those stuffs. thanks
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• Philippines
28 Oct 09
I love doing all the other household chores especially cleaning and arranging things inside cabinets. I only hate the two i mentioned but i cannot do anything, noone else will do it except me. hehe
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• Philippines
29 Oct 09
hi triplejazzm, Yeah, me too and I also say to my companion in the house that i could do other household chores tasks except ironing and washing dishes which is very repetitive task then i am willing to do even the other task they hate. Well, the things you mention I also do it everyday especially dusting as I do not like dust to accumulate it make me sneeze.
• United States
28 Oct 09
I'm really getting tired of washing dishes. I really wish we had a dishwasher. We needed to find a place to live so we just found a place and moved in. We were running out of options so when we found this place we just had to do it. Sadly, when we moved in, we knew we wouldn't have access to a dishwasher and in the beginning it was OK. However, now it's really starting to get old. I'm too tired when I get home from work and my partner is getting tired of washing them all the time so we're kind of locked. We just have to make due.
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• Philippines
29 Oct 09
Hi highflyingxangel, Well, the truth washing dishes for me is easy but i do not like to wash every day where all my companion just enjoy eating then afterward bring the dirty dishes then do not bother to wash it. It is really annoying to stand for a long time then wash the dishes more than 3 times per day then at the next day you still have to wash it. Especially after party the dishes is piling then if you have no companion it look like a maid works. You could not just sit and relax as no one who would replace you to do it. As they never like their hands to get wet. Yeah, having a dishwasher could be a great help i do not know yet in my place if their are available as mostly the one who uses it are those who engage in restaurant business and sometimes they just wash plates manually. Especially if your hands is shaking due to arthritis it is really annoying to do it everyday. Thus, if you have maid they could do it for you. thanks
@robert19ph (4584)
• Philippines
28 Oct 09
hello neelianoscet, well for me, i guess the cleaning of the house. dusting and mapping the floor. also the washing of dishes especially when there is no water from the faucet. for we are encountering water shortage here in our area. we do only have water thrice a week for four hours only.
• Philippines
28 Oct 09
hi robert19ph, well, cleaning of the house I do it everyday especially the sweeping of the floor and dusting. Though, i am not into ironing, it takes a lot of time and it makes me sweat a lot with the stubborn wrinkle it is hard to make them crease free. About, washing dishes is not a problem too in my places except during part as the dishes piled up. In your cases you have water problem, you could remedy it and all you need to have a large water tank to stored water so that you may not run out of it. thanks.
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@wahmivy (778)
• Philippines
28 Oct 09
I hate disgusting stuff, like cleaning the bathroom or emptying out and cleaning the garbage bins. I also have a bit of a problem with dusting, considering my allergies. I like sorting and putting away. I also like polishing the floor, for some reason. I actually enjoy folding laundry although I know many find that boring.
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• Philippines
28 Oct 09
hi wahmivy, Yeah, cleaning a dirty bathroom is annoying especially if your companion after they use it they do not bother to clean it. Well, in terms of dusting i do it everyday and have no problem with it. Ironing is the less household chores I like as it consume most of my times and it makes me sweat. thanks
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@Hatley (164471)
• Garden Grove, California
28 Oct 09
neelianoscet I hate doing the dishes, over and over and over. Also I hated ironing so bought all iron free clothes that do not wrinkle. I love to vacuum and sweep, dust and tidy even doing the wash is not so bad, but dishes that is my hate, my special hate, that and ironing.
• Philippines
28 Oct 09
hihatley, yeah, washing the dishes makes me mad especially if the dishes are piling high then my other companion would not mind washing their own dishes after they have eaten. That's the best solution just have to buy clothes which are wash and wear and do not have to bother to iron those stubborn wrinkle clothing. Ironing takes a lot of time and one need to be careful not to left the iron longer on the cloth as you may accidentally damage the fabric. thanks
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@acie_21 (5647)
• Philippines
2 Nov 09
lol!.... i hate doing laundry!........make my hands looks old and rough!... i hate i ironing clothes too!lol...its just every time i iron i feel sweaty!and hot!...whhhhhhhhhhhoh!...im ok with cleaning..but when its too much of dust!all around the house!geeessssh!i would definitely!give up!im allergic to dust and i already had chronic sinusitis...till now im suffering from it!.. but sometimes its really tiring to clean up a whole house!..by your own..honestly!lol thanks! acie here!
@acie_21 (5647)
• Philippines
2 Nov 09
ohhhhhhhhhh...i forgot! i hate cleaning our own bathroom!.... just i cant dare cleaning it ..lol!but im trying too..heheheh! by picking the garbage...placing things on proper..but not scrubbing!the floor or cleaning the toilet...i let my hubby do that kind of thing or let others do that ... but not me..lol! have a great day!
@ckyera (17261)
• Philippines
2 Nov 09
haha...hello bestfriend! looks like you hate doing all the household chores! haha i think your hubby needs to hire a helper for you...
@acie_21 (5647)
• Philippines
2 Nov 09
hmmmmmmmm..not really lol!.. but im trying my best to be a good wife..doing those chores and etc.. i want to learn more..i dont want to hire helpers cause its hard to budget another minus in our income lol!.. and i want to save more...maybe if i already have a baby..maybe thats the time ill hire one... heheheh! miss ya!
• Boston, Massachusetts
28 Oct 09
Hi Neelianoscet, I hate cleaning the ceiling and corner walls –to remove cobwebs and anything that has to do with dust. I have a hay fever allergy. Dust is one of its triggers and I will have a bad day with the sneezing and itchy nose. But with other household chores I don’t have any problem. Cleaning the bathroom is the best one for me.
• Philippines
28 Oct 09
hi msfrancisco, well..that is rarely my problem as i clean my wall and ceiling every weekend and my mom do not like tp see spider web as it is unlucky. I too have allergy and sometimes takes zrytec when my allergic reactions is triggers by cold air and dust too. Yeah, cleaning is good and make a nice home fit for relaxation. thanks
• Boston, Massachusetts
28 Oct 09
I am lucky enough to have a husband who's so supportive and willing to do it for me. A clean home is so nice to live in.
• Philippines
7 Nov 09
And his lucky too..to have you as his loving wife... and being a loving and responsible mother to your children.. yup, I couldn't disagree more...
@Downwindz (2230)
• Netherlands
27 Oct 09
Im so priveliged to share most of the chores with my boyfriend, such as the overall bigger house cleaning every to every second weekend or so. I do the cooking which i like and he puts the dishes in the dishwasher. Another thing i love is the mum of my boyfriend, she does the ironing, dont ask me why, but i certainly dont complain. So my conclusion is the most hated household job i have must be doing the laundry. (mainly the part of folding and putting back on place)
• Philippines
27 Oct 09
hi downwindz, You are lucky to have a sweet boyfriend as he help you doing your household chores which help you lighten your household chores.. wow, and his mom to help you..what a relief? well... the ironing is the most annoying for me as I get to perspire a lot and my hands get tired ironing those stubborn fabric clothing... well..laundry is not really hard for me as you could uses a washing machines...maybe you have tons of clothes as it feels heavy... me in my homes, everyone do their own laundry... thanks
@Downwindz (2230)
• Netherlands
27 Oct 09
Trust me i am very pleased with my boyfriend, he is such a gentleman. We do have a washing machine and a drying machine, but it is located on our attic (Dutch people have a weird way of designing their houses) And it is simply just going up and down of the stairs and folding all the clothes that takes time ;) It aint that hard im just to lazy to do that and rather do other things with my time :P
• Philippines
28 Oct 09
hi downwindz, wow, you're such a lucky gal having a boyfriend like that is sweet more than sugar coated candies.. Well,that is the same things here in my places as lot of people who live in the city have to go to the top of the building where their is a vacant areas where they could let their clothes to dry naturally or in your case it is the set up. Going up and down that a lot of exercises it would do even better to you.. well, if their is a lift you could use it or in a stairs as long as it never been more than the 20th floor you could still do it..lol..
@solared (1210)
• United States
27 Oct 09
Dusting I hate dusting and cleaning windows, cleaning sinks and bath tubs an toilets! lol
• Philippines
27 Oct 09
hi solared, well..I do dusting every day and sweep the floor at the same time. Because if i never do it tend to accumulate and it much harder to clean it. While in terms of cleaning windows I do it twice a month, then cleaning sinks and bathtubs I do clean it at the same time i am taking a bath. thanks
@solared (1210)
• United States
27 Oct 09
How can you clean your bath tub while taking a bath, that dosen't sound vert sanitary, I clean my tub then hours later take a bath.
• Philippines
27 Oct 09
Well, I clean it first then take a bath and don't have to wait for an hours to do it...thus I wet myself and the place at the same time its the quick routine and do not have to repeat it again..just for one time..
@cyberfluf (5005)
• Netherlands
7 Feb 10
I guess it would be dishwashing for me personally, and that's because I know there is an alternative that can do it for me and save me a lot of time. I dislike household chores which I know can be done more effectively. We had a dishwasher at my parents house and it was so easy rinsing everything off and putting it in the dishwasher right after you have used it. When the day is over you can put in the soap and hit start and whilst the program is running you can use that time to do other household chores, get your paper done or kick back and relax. I don't mind other chores that just have to be done, but like I said when there is a more effective way I will prefer that.
• Philippines
10 Mar 10
hi cyberfluff, That were alright if one have a dishwasher but in my place only few have own it yet and these dishwasher were frequently found only in restaurant and fastfood but still some prefer manual dishwashing since they are more cleaner than the machine operated one since they are saving electricity bills so paying dishwasher is the most appropriate for owner prefer than buying the dishwasher.
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@cyberfluf (5005)
• Netherlands
11 Mar 10
Whether or not manual dishwashing is cleaner is debatable. When you are manually cleaning your dishes you are not able (or at least I am not) to wash them as hot as the dishwasher does. Also, before you put the dishes in the dishwasher it is important to remove any loose food and dips because the result will be better, just like when you are doing your dishes manually. I guess you will save on electricity, that's true, but on the other hand I do not own a lot of other electrical equipment and with everything new I buy I look at the label and make sure it is as low impact on the environment as possible. If everything in your house is low electricity use you are not only helping yourself to much lower bills, but helping the environment at the same time. So I'll be saving up for a dishwasher once more . Thanks for the counter response.
• Philippines
13 Mar 10
Well, ere in my place like in a small fastfood they hire manual dishwasher to wash their dishes and the forks, spoons and glasses are dip in a warm water after they have been wash as a mean to sterilize them then wash again with cold water that is the process just to kill those germs, viruses or any bacteria trace as alternative in case their is no operated dishwasher available. It is really a convenient way to have a dishwasher and I myself would buy that when I save enough since it really helps facilitate the monotonous household chores which i dare not to do every day. Have a nice day!
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@Lucky09 (1771)
• Philippines
27 Oct 09
hi neel^^;; we are the same. order me to do anything except that ironing task. i never liked it. when i was in highschool, i needed to iron my school uniform. i can do it well but never enjoyed it...never felt fulfillment even after good results. unlike in washing the dishes, clothes, and even blankets, i feel nice even after a tiring chores.
• Philippines
27 Oct 09
hi lucky09, yup, ironing for me is a very annoying household chores I hate to do it even though I only do it twice or once a week just seeing the piles of clothing makes me frown..lol.. well..washing the dishes is easy but I find it annoying to wash dishes where my companion is very lazy to wash their own plates and also after every party seeing a lot of dirty dishes is tiring... getting my hands wet is not a good things a s I often uses computer not good to my hands...
@Lucky09 (1771)
• Philippines
28 Oct 09
hi neel^^;; oh i also hate washing dishes i didn't use. when my younger cousin was living with me in my apartment before, i would cook food good for the 2 of us. i would usually eat first because of my work and then when it's her time, she would eat then leave a little or a few of the food from the casserole instead of consuming it all which i think is not much..this way, she would not have to wash the casserole too. i endured several times but i also reminded her of her habit but it still happened several times..
• Philippines
28 Oct 09
hi lucky09, yeah, and it's better to either use disposable plates if you are in a hurry or do not like your hands to get wet then just have to throw it away... well..me too have to cook when I am living on vacation with my brother.. you know only few guys know to cook so I do need to learn and cook for them... then they just have to sit down, ready to serve and munch afterward just have to relax... well..that so the habit it is hard to break once one get used to it.. though us need to be patience and be gentle....hahaha..
@cyrus123 (6383)
• United States
28 Oct 09
I don't like any household chore too much but I guess my most hated one would probably be sweeping and mopping. I don't mind dusting too much but it does bother my allergies. Kathy.
• Philippines
28 Oct 09
hi cyrus, Yeah, me too but have no choice have to do it as nobody would replace me and then have to make sure the place is clean. Dusting is done by me everyday as my house is near the main road have to dusting everyday to avoid further dust accumulation. thanks for responding.
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@cyrus123 (6383)
• United States
29 Oct 09
You must get a lot of dust if you live so close to the road. I'm set back quite a ways from the road, myself, but I still have to dust. Our roads are paved, though. Kathy.
• Philippines
29 Oct 09
hi kathy, Yeah, my house is beside the road and everyday i have to clean the windows and all the furniture I wipe them as the dust makes me sneeze thus I have to clean it.
@sunny68 (1327)
• India
29 Oct 09
i do lend a helping hand in all household chores. and i must say that if work is shared then household chores do not become a burden. also it gets done quickly. however if i have to take a pick..it would be washing the dishes especially when cooking here involves a lot of curries and deep frying...that does leave the pots and pans difficult to clean.
• Philippines
3 Nov 09
hi sunny, actually I uses to enjoy washing dishes if it is only in a small batch but I hate to wash many plates especially if their is a party then all mu companion is not helping. Many are lazy sitting or watching television then the piles of dishes grows bigger then if not wash immediately the debris tend to stick and it becomes to tough to removes the dirt. Thus, It only right to wash the dishes immediately as I hate to see dirty kitchen sink, though I have no choice but to wash it.Then, the routine becomes boring if you are the same person doing all the household chores everyday while your other companion sits in comfort and relaxing. Then, i also remind them to help and they do not seem to heard and care. Some continue talking while they become not interested when it is all about cleaning and doing other household chores. yeah, you re right the household chores would not become a burden if all the members in the house cooperate to have their own shares. thanks
@sunny68 (1327)
• India
3 Nov 09
very true...it is very important that members of family understand each other and also value each others contributions. also you are right about after parties..there are a lot of dishes to wash, however for parties i also use disposable (use and throw) plates and glasses. this reduces the burden a lot.
• Philippines
21 Nov 09
Yup..it is a great help to let the family member do their share as they could help lighten the load of the mother or the other member who do all the household work most of the times so that they would not feel bored or easily annoy..
@beadguru (40)
• Philippines
28 Oct 09
the most dreadful household chore for me is washing the dishes. And unfortunately, I am the only woman in the family, hence I am forced to do it everyday. I specially hate doing it at night when I know everyone's in the family room watching our fave show. So I am like "what happened?" after I washed the dishes and no one will answer me.:-(
• United States
28 Oct 09
I feel bad for you. I don't think you should be forced to be the only one to do the dishes just because you are the only female in the house. Trush me when I say, my husband and son sure know how to do them as well. Put your foot down on that one!!
• Philippines
29 Oct 09
yeah, I always tell them that they should also do the dishes sometimes but they just won't listen to me. I even tried to arrange with them the you-wash-your-own-plate scheme but to no avail. They will rush out of the dining room after eating as if they are in some kind of a race. Even if I'll let the dishes stay in the sink for sometime, hoping that somehow one of them might have a change of mind and do the dishes for me, in the end I'm the one who will still do it. I even suggested that we just use disposable plates, spoon, fork, etc. in eating. But of course, I'm also thinking of the adverse effects of non-biodegradable materials in our environment.
• Philippines
7 Nov 09
hi beadguru, Well, that also happen to me although I have girls companion here they are all lazy and even though I make a complain they would likely to fall to deaf ears. They are also like your companion when it comes to eating they are very fast but when it comes to washing the dishes most of them escape it. Thus, like you i end up reminding them, and have no choice but to clean all the dirty stuffs. I appreciate your patience as it only mean you are very sensitive and not lazy. You are willing to sacrifices and ot easily get angry as some who experience the same things with you would always shout or feel angry to their insensitive companion. I do hope they could learn to help you to as even in other homes the duty of washing dishes is not only a girl thing and most men know also to wash their own dirty plates without depending on their women. thanks for sharing. have a great day!
@sender621 (14956)
• United States
27 Oct 09
I have two household chores that I dread the most. One is scrubbing the kitchen floor. It seems to never be enough. You get done scrubbbing and by the end of the day it looks like it should be done again. Another unfavorite is scrubbing the bathroom toilet. Can there be a more disgusting household chore to perform?
• Philippines
27 Oct 09
hi sender, Well, in my case I never do it frequently as I usually sweep the floor every day. That is really a tough chore scrubbing kitchen floor and the bathroom toilet. I do clean it too but not every day as I only have 4 companion in the house and they also do their shares in helping. thanks
• United States
30 Oct 09
I don't keep up with the dish washing and I rarely iron now. However, for boring tasks I try to combine it with something fun. With dish washing, I used to do some exercise/stretching while I washed. I cleared a portion of the counter and would put one leg on the counter; later doing the other leg. There's lots of stretching with this and twisting the waist when you put the dishes in the drainer. For ironing I would set up the ironing board in front of the tv. The time would whiz by.