One Thing I Will Never Tell My Husband

vacuum cleanerHouston, we have a problem. According to a USA Today poll, women are claiming they like housework. Not just some women, 70% of us are saying we "enjoy cleaning the house." It doesn't stop there. Apparently 64% of women can't relax if their home isn't clean.

Okay, ladies, let's talk about this. Hold on while I shut off the vacuum cleaner.


I get the appeal of a clean house. I don't like living in filth, nor do I live in a pigsty. And yes, I'm in that 70%. I like housework -- up to a point. It gives me satisfaction. With so many things on the never-ending To-Do List, a sparkly kitchen sink gives me a nice feeling of, whew, something is totally done. I can cross it off of the list. I get a sense of accomplishment, so to speak.

But the whole "can't relax if the house isn't clean" -- that I don't get. Sure, as I watch the dust bunnies build condos under the couch, I'm not pleased, but dang, I can still relax. Especially with my feet up, a glass of wine in hand, and a DVR-ed double-header of Modern Family and Joan Knows Best. 

Now here's when I admit I'm a hypocrite. I can relax if there's dust, but if there's clutter -- fuggetaboutit. Piles of things, toys strewn willy-nilly, papers everywhere. That drives me bonkers.

With so many of us feeling this way, it must be a DNA thing. But, I beg of you, don't tell your husbands. If we tell them that we like doing the housework, we'll never be able to complain ever again. Think about it -- if he knows you like it, you won't be able to use the "I cleaned the whole house; you need to take the kids to Chuck E. Cheese while I take a bath" line anymore.

Let's keep this our secret, shall we?

Can you relax if your house is dirty?


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