POSTS WITH TAG: chores

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    Sooooo, have you been glued to the TV watching the winter Olympics since they started? Nah. Me neither. Because it's super tough to find the extra time to sit down and watch them, what with all the stuff we moms have going on during a typical day.

    Between getting the kids off to school, work, helping them with homework, taking care of household tasks, and shuttling them back and forth to activities -- sometimes our lives really are like their own version of the Olympics.

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    For the most part I consider myself a clean and tidy person. I put things away. I wipe up spills. I clean the bathroom, er, well, almost every week. I change the sheets and do laundry regularly. There's a place for everything, and nearly everything is in its place. But still, there are some dark corners of my home that get neglected. Places I'm aware of but just never get around to cleaning. Or places so decrepit, I've lost the nerve to touch them at all.

    I know there are people out there who assiduously clean every last nook and cranny of their homes. I salute you! You must have really interesting lives to spend all the time cleaning ... But for those of us doing the bare minimum, I give you: My slideshow of shame.

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    You know how on average women do most of the housework? More than their male partners, even when we do professional work full time, even when we make more than our male partners do. For whatever reason, we're still the ones spending the most quality time with the toilet brush. Why is this? And more importantly, WHEN WILL IT END? Well, one brilliant man has an revolutionary solution: This housekeeping gender imbalance will end when we women learn to love filth.

    In an Op Ed for the New York Times, housework-averse man Stephen Marche makes his case like it's the most obvious, simple solution ever. Just do less housework! Let you home go to shit, ladies. You care too much.

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    Last week, I was innocently wasting time on Twitter when there was an unexpected knock at the door. The mailman? No. Jehovah's Witnesses? Nope. Girl Scouts? Think again.

    It was a friend -- a real life friend -- popping by unexpectedly for a visit. She happened to be in the neighborhood and thought she'd stop by to say hello. Is that ok, she asked? Sure, I nervously laughed. Come on in. It's not that I was unhappy to see her -- not at all. It was that all I could think the whole time was "OMG, what if she needs to use the bathroom and when the hell was the last time I cleaned it?" 

    Fortunately, she left pretty soon after and did not have to use the restroom during those endless 15 minutes. But the experience got me thinking about all the things I scurry to do when preparing to entertain and how it might be a good idea to start doing them on a regular basis. Things like ...

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    For the last year I was blessed with the earthly delight of having my own washing machine and dryer after oh so many years using a laundromat. Then the unthinkable happened and I had to downgrade to an apartment without my own washer/dryer. There isn't even one in the building. So it's back to schlepping my stuff to the laundromat, which is luckily just a block away. This story about a poopetrator putting some hot doodies in dryers at the laundromat has me scared sh*&less though.

    Oh you haven't heard? Some sicko at Yale is going to the campus laundromat and putting feces in unattended dryers while people's clothes are in them. The perp (or poop) also seems to have urinated on the clothes. Of course this freaks me out about doing laundry and has me thinking about the horrific things we really don't want to know about laundromats ... but should.

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    Snort. You gotta love the Convos With My 2-Year-Old YouTube series, and the second episode in the second season definitely does not disappoint.

    As any parent of a toddler will tell you -- getting them to help out with household chores can be a bit of a daunting task, to say the least. And that's why you'll get such a kick out of this new episode, "Make the Bed."

    Take a look and see if this little scenario rings a bell.

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    If I were pregnant -- which I'm not, thank goodness -- I'd obviously be in the midst of what's known as the "nesting phase."

    With the kids in camp all day and no books to write or other big projects to tackle, it just seemed as good a time as any to play catch-up around the house ... and there's a ton to catch up on. Because as much tidying and organizing as I do on a daily basis, there are always the tasks that I put off, and the longer I put them off, the more daunting they become.

    I'm slowly making my way through them, but the best part of all is that when I'm done, I can promptly return to ignoring them.

    Please tell me I'm not the only one who puts off the below tasks for months, sometimes years, at a time?

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    I don't care how unhealthy it is, there's really nothing better than an icy cold cola on a hot day. Sure, I limit my soda intake as much as I can, but Coke is one thing that is always in my refrigerator, especially in the summer months.

    But even if you aren't a soda drinker, it turns out there are a lot of inventive ways to use Coca-Cola in your home to make daily chores a whole lot easier. And since it has way less chemicals than a lot of cleaners, I guess it can even be considered a greener way to go? (Maybe?)

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    We 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.

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    When I moved into my new place several years ago, there was one thing I was so excited about -- a dishwasher! Finally! I had never had one before. Not that doing dishes by hand is the worst thing in the world, but it sure saves time when you can just load up all your dirty plates into the washer, flip a button, and forget about it for an hour while you do other things. Plus, you can cook dinner in one. Little did I know that when I bought a brand new dishwasher and paid some muscular dudes to install it that I was actually installing a death machine. According to one of those buzzkill studies, dishwashers contain a host of fungi and they can do some sick things like colonize in your lungs. Sponge, anyone?

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