Less Housework Today

For No Housework Day, today, I will only do less housework. First of all, there are a few things I automatically do that make me feel better doing them than if I neglect them. The first task before anything else is to make the bed. Even when staying at a motel, I tidy the bed. There’s no worry that the housekeeping staff might think I’m a slob, it’s just something I do. Maybe this is just OCD about made beds.

There are a couple of other tasks that will be done regardless of the fact that this will violate the spirit of the holiday. Meals must be prepared and dishes will be washed. I’m one of those people who washes cups, mixing bowls, and utensils while waiting for food to cook or bake. Then after the meal, the dishes and flatware are washed and dried. When these things are clean and put away, I can better concentrate on doing nothing.

I once analyzed why these tasks must be done or my day doesn’t “go right” or I don’t feel right. It might be due to the fact that mom made me do a lot of the housework when I was a boy in order to “earn my keep”. If the beds weren’t made up before school, I was scolded. Because mom and I liked to cook together, I just got in the habit of stirring sauces, flipping frying foods, and washing utensils in the process.

I don’t expect to receive praise or trophies because the motivation for doing these tasks is selfishness. I hate thinking about them if they cannot be done right away. Also, this might be seen as a form of fidgeting or doing something just to keep occupied. Perhaps it is done to enable procrastination. Who knows?

One thing on the schedule for today is lunch downtown with a friend. This is a special luxury. Someone else can cook and clean up for my friend and me. It’s worth paying extra for this.

Since No Housework Day falls on a Saturday this year, the usual weekend chores can be postponed. This might be the day to take in a movie at the walk-in theatre. Maybe an afternoon at the museum to look over the new exhibits they have, is something to do.

A lot of the problem with housework is inertia. If a person doesn’t get started, it won’t get done. If a person starts, it’s difficult to stop. That’s why just doing less housework might be quite the challenge today. Why does laziness take up so much mental energy?

The Blue Jay of Happiness noticed this quote from pianist, conductor James Levine: “…over the last thirty years, we have seen men’s participation in both housework and childcare has increased and women’s have stayed at about the same.”

About swabby429

An eclectic guy who likes to observe the world around him and comment about those observations.
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2 Responses to Less Housework Today

  1. Never heard of No Housework Day. Where did you find out about it?

    Enjoy the day off!

    Neil S.

    • swabby429 says:

      An ex coworker from radio included it in an email to me. He found it on the station affiliate “prep” sheet from the NBC Radio Network.

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