6 Household Chores That Are Much Harder Than They Seem

laundry basketWe can't all be good at everything, right? Well, when it comes to some common household chores, I'm seriously lacking in skills. Okay, maybe a lack of enthusiasm doesn't help, but there are some things that must be done around the house that I consistently blunder.

They're not all that complex, but somehow when I attempt them, things just go all sorts of wrong. I think most of us have challenges like this, right (please tell me I'm right)? For many it's cooking that presents the pitfalls, but I actually do quite well in the kitchen. Get me near the laundry room or, God forbid, a hammer, however, and all bets are off. Here are six common household chores that I suck at.


1. Separating darks and lights when doing laundry

I spend way too much time holding up clothing and debating which pile they should go into. If it's white with black stripes, well ... I don't know. How about those annoying color-blocked items with some squares of white and others of assorted colors? It's just overwhelming.

2. Keeping plants alive

Sigh. I try, but still my thumb is as brown as they come. And all those directions about partial sun, full sun, and the like just make my head swim.

3. Hanging pictures

There's simply too much math involved to get them centered and straight. If my husband doesn't intervene, then everything is askew.

4. Washing windows

I've tried newspapers, microfiber cloths, vinegar, and every glass cleaner you can think of; still I have streaky, smudgy windows. They look clear when I'm done, but then the light hits from a certain angle, and it's smudge city. It doesn't help that my children have been obsessed with using window markers all summer all over my big windows. Those do NOT clean off easily.

5. Making beds

Not the daily pulling up of sheets and blankets and fluffing of pillows -- that I do just fine. It's the starting from scratch with new sheets that leaves me all sorts of frazzled. Fitted sheets are more confusing than calculus, and I simply can't get them smooth. Getting the other sheets and blankets tucked in and distributed evenly makes me want a nap.

6. Keeping white clothes white

This may partially have to do with #1, but I swear my whites turn gray after one wash. My son wears white uniform shirts to school, and no matter what products I use, they're stained, dingy, and embarrassing when he stands next to his friends. You can probably see now why my husband insists on doing his own laundry.

What household chores do you find the most challenging?


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