I LOVE having someone else clean my house. But, for the most part, I prefer to clean it myself for various financial and Zen reasons. I’ve often thought of housework and exercise as the cheapest forms of therapy.
Whenever I feel resentful about chores I remind myself WHY I do them. And then I feel better. It helps me to remember that it’s a CHOICE I’m making; that I’m living my life by design, not by default.
I’ll share my WHYs and maybe it will help you remember your WHYs. “I have to” doesn’t count, but by all means, if you really hate a particular chore, delegate it to someone else, hire it out, or figure out a way to simplify or eliminate it! There are also a number of ways to make chores more fun!
When I start resenting a particular chore, I ask myself what will happen if I don’t do it, and reframe it in positive terms.
Here are some examples:
WHY do I do the dishes?
Well….if I don’t, my kitchen counter (which is large, and open to my dining room and home office, and visible from the front door and living room) will be cluttered and there won’t be any room to do projects, which are no fun to do next to dirty dishes anyway. And the kitchen will smell bad and attract bugs. And eventually I won’t be able to find clean dishes to eat from. So… I choose to do the dishes in order to maintain an attractive, clean kitchen where I can find what I need and enjoy using the counter space for projects!
WHY do I vacuum and dust?
Well…if I don’t, the cat hair will pile up, and the dust mites, and other allergens that affect my sinuses. And he longer dust builds up on things, the dirtier and grimier and more difficult to clean they get. And I find myself not wanting to get down on the floor for any sort of floor exercise if it’s not clean. So… I choose to vacuum and dust so I can breathe clean air and enjoy a clean house!
WHY do I do the laundry?
Well…if I don’t, I will run out of clean clothes to wear. Or, there will be few enough of them that it will become more and more difficult to put together an outfit. And they will overflow my laundry basket and make my bedroom closet look messy. So… I choose to do laundry to maintain a tidy bedroom closet and make getting dressed easier!
WHY do I pay bills?
Well…if I don’t, the payments will be late, and I will incur late fees and fines. Which can add up. And I won’t really know how much money I have left to spend or to save toward a goal. And I believe that a bottleneck when it comes to a responsible amount of money flowing out of my account also disrupts the flow of money into my account. So… I choose to pay bills on Money Mondays and not worry about it the whole rest of the week!
WHY do I maintain my yard?
Well….if I don’t mow, and prune, and pull weeds, everything will grow out of control and become even harder to deal with. And I won’t be able to relax outside in the shade with a book, or invite anyone over to enjoy it with me. And if I don’t fill the bird feeders they will go elsewhere for their food. And I won’t have a nice view out of my home office window. So… I choose to maintain a nice yard so that I can enjoy looking at it and relaxing in it!
WHY do I put things back where they belong after I use them?
Well….if I don’t, the clutter will pile up until it’s a big overwhelming mess. And I will pray that nobody drops by unexpectedly. And I won’t be able to relax and enjoy my space. And I won’t be able to find things I need in the mystery pile. And I’ll start re-buying things I know I have just because I can’t find them. So… I choose to declutter a bit everyday, because it’s easier, and cheaper, and puts me closer to being company-ready than if I don’t!
WHY do I check my schedule every evening?
Well… if I don’t, there might be something I need to do first thing in the morning that is out of my normal routine and I either won’t be on time, or I won’t be prepared for it. Even if I do have time to prepare for it in the morning, doing so at the last minute is stressful. And I sleep better when I feel prepared. So…I choose to check my schedule every evening to reduce morning stress and feel ready for the day!
WHY do I make (and keep) regular dentist, doctor, vet and auto maintenance appointments?
Well…If I don’t, there might be an easily-detected problem I’m unaware of that could become an even bigger problem. And if I am aware of a problem, there might be consequences to ignoring it that I don’t even realize. So… I choose to maintain my health (and that of my pets and auto), thus preventing some problems and taking care of others while they are still small!
What chores do YOU hate? WHY do you do them? Can they be hired out or delegated? Can they be reframed in a positive way?
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