Domestic Chores

May 9, 2012

Phyllis Gordon and her pet Cheetah, 1932

Confession: I’m not the biggest fan of domestic chores. I just don’t like doing them. I love living in a clean house, but I don’t much enjoy cleaning. I love to cook when I feel inspired, but cooking three meals a day every day for a bunch of people would pretty much be torture. A good friend said I was meant to be a chatelaine, which amounts to a rich woman who controls a large household — one with staff.

But the one chore I could never give up, even if I were the Queen of England, is grocery shopping. I love it. I enjoy sauntering up the aisles, checking out the latest products, reading labels, cursing many of those labels, ogling the latest produce, taking home something new to try, gathering what we need, watching what others have in their carts. It’s like a mini-adventure, with spoils to take home at the end. For some reason, grocery shopping is not only fun, it relaxes me. I guess I’m a hunter-gatherer at heart (minus the killing-something-with-a-gun part).

Do you have a favorite household chore? Something you’d choose to do even if someone offered to do it for you?

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Ann Waterman 1 Ann Waterman May 9, 2012 at 3:29 pm

I like folding laundry — you can see tangible results in a short time!


2 Zoe Saint-Paul May 9, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Folding laundry would definitely be my second favorite, Ann. I’ve always found it meditative and satisfying.


3 Ann May 9, 2012 at 5:01 pm

I enjoy having a clean house and eating good food and having clean sheets and towels and clothes….but doing it….nah……

I like driving. That comes in handy.


4 Mimi May 10, 2012 at 5:24 pm

This is a funny post. I tell my husband all the time, “When I get interviewed by Time magazine and they ask me what motivated me to be successful” …delusions of grandeur… “I will say…because I wanted enough money to hire a maid”. Seriously, it’s true. I hate cleaning. I could cook and bake all day but the mere thought of all the clean up makes me shudder.

The one thing I *do* like, however, is folding laundry. Just folding. Not actually putting it away. Just folding.


5 Sarah D May 10, 2012 at 8:51 pm

I love all things to do with meal planning and preparation. That said, I used to love grocery shopping too, until I had to do it with kids. Now it’s a barely-suppressed-panic sort of thing. Every time I push my cart towards the exit now, I force myself to heave a huge cleansing breath, because sometimes I don’t think I take a full breath the entire time I’m in the store. I trust this will improve as my kids move beyond the running around fighting and knocking things over phase.


6 Magen May 18, 2012 at 12:28 am

Ahh. I hate cleaning. I LOVE to grocery shop…but to save time I handed it over to Husband and anyways, it’s never as fun with kids in tote. We could be chatelaine friends. My dream is to have someone work beside me as I cook and clean up after me :) I love to cook…hate to do dishes!


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