Ask the audience: Dreaded chores

Heather says:

What is your most dreaded regular household chore?

For me, it’s the biweekly stripping, washing, drying, and reassembling of mattress pads. However, if I avoid this chore I pay for it twice over with sneezing and itchy eyes.


  1. Keter on September 1, 2007 at 9:05 pm

    ANYTHING in my kitchen. My kitchen is a horrorshow…very makeshift because I can’t afford to remodel it yet. There’s no room to do anything, and it’s so narrow only one person can be in there at a time — but almost always somebody has to be in the refrigerator a dozen times, and the three dogs are always underfoot until I yell at them. It’s old and worn, so cleaning it is a major pain. I also can’t get anyone else in my household to help with dishes or even wiping up their own spills or throwing away their own trash…that gets really old really fast since I’m also the one who does all of the cooking. Grr.

  2. Milehimama on August 31, 2007 at 11:48 am

    Cleaning out the minivan, which has 8 seat belts but currently holds 9 people (4 in carseats or boosters).
    Although, perhaps if I started doing it every week it wouldn’t be so bad!

  3. Carol on August 31, 2007 at 6:44 am

    Just one dreaded task??? I would have to say putting away laundry and weeding the garden. My ideal laundry room would be huge, and have a huge side area where all the family clothes would be kept, with a changing room 🙂

  4. Heather on August 31, 2007 at 6:09 am

    Meredith, sorry if I wasn’t clear… mattress pads are every other week, sheets are weekly. I don’t mind just doing the sheets, but for some reason the mattress pads just make it so much more difficult. It adds a load to the day and those mattresses can be a pain to wrestle with.

  5. kim replogle on August 30, 2007 at 9:41 pm

    The bathroom and the refrigerator. The bathroom: I have 2 teenaged sons who are, apparently, severely challenged in the aiming department. They can’t flush either…’nuff said there. The fridge is similar in that NO ONE other than myself, can wipe up a spill. Instead they are all (hubby included) very skilled in finding something that will cover the spill…like a pot or a plate (both of which are actually forbidden… I didn’t collect all that plasticware just for the fun of trying to store it in an organized manner) or a carton of milk….

    thanks for the opportunity to vent. anyone wanting to trade jobs, drop me a line… 🙂

  6. themomhalf on August 30, 2007 at 8:48 pm

    mowing the lawn:

    — someone has to watch the baby, the mower needs gas, it doesn’t always want to start (it’s a pull start), i get hot and sweaty, i end up taking breaks to straighten up whatever the children have gotten into, running over toys, finding those puppy bombs my son missed – ewwww!, and it’s always too tall to just use the mulcher

    – the front yard, run the grass to the compost
    – the side yard, don’t leave a mess on the neighbors driveway, don’t run over the rose bush, or the hose, don’t knock the gas meter or the air conditioner
    – top half of the back yard, run the grass to the compost,
    – the back half (around the swing, the big plastic play cube, the strawberry patch, the garden gate, run over the rhubarb – again!, run the grass to the compost
    – the grass behind the garage — watch out for the poison ivy, the mole hills, large sticks from the oak tree – but at least the compost heap is right there 🙂

  7. Meredith on August 30, 2007 at 8:45 pm

    Wow, twice a week on the mattress pads?

    I’m doing great to wash them twice a month, though I do change the sheets at least once a week, sometimes twice.

  8. Margo on August 30, 2007 at 8:05 pm

    I’ve always hated cleaning shower walls – they just seem so impossible to clean. And now we have a shower stall with clear doors that shows sports from our hard water in DAYS (even with squeegee-ing after every shower). And if I really want to get them off, I have to scrub them several times with Glass Plus. sighhhhhh

  9. carrie on August 30, 2007 at 7:02 pm

    It’s a tie between dishes and putting away the clothes.

  10. Southern Girl on August 30, 2007 at 6:29 pm

    I hate ironing. Absolutely detest it.

    On the other hand, I LOVE folding laundry. Truly love it. As in, I sometimes squeal with glee when the dryer dings. 😉

  11. Jasi on August 30, 2007 at 1:01 pm

    My FIL lovingly installed these gorgeous 12×12 tiles in our kitchen and bath. My most hated job is scrubbing them. I can never seem to keep them clean enough to properly convey my appreciation for his hard work.

    I love them, but they get messy real fast with toddler feets.

  12. malia on August 30, 2007 at 1:30 pm

    Um, all of them?


  13. Jenni on August 30, 2007 at 9:56 am

    mopping – – and cleaning the bathrooms

  14. Samantha on August 30, 2007 at 9:24 am

    For me, it’s just getting started doing anything. Once I start, I’m fine with pretty much anything. I have to say my least favorite thing would be putting laundry away once folded. Don’t know why…

  15. Angela on August 30, 2007 at 9:10 am

    Mine would have to be the bathroom…I love the way it looks when I am done, but hate doing it and avoid it till I can’t take the smell anymore(I live with three boys).

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