Do You Detest Housework?

How Many People Detest Housework?

Most of us - if we are honest.

It is almost like painting the Firth of Forth bridge.

Soon after the job is done, it will be time to start all over again.

If that is not enough, who would have thought an entire TV series - 'How Clean Is Your House?' could have been built around dirty houses and people who detest housework?

Some houses were neglected due to pressure of work, but most just sadly neglected probably through a lack of motivation and laziness.

If your house is clean and tidy you can relax more easily, invite friends when you want, in fact just lead a more comfortable and pleasurable life. It will also be a good example for the future lives of your children. Don't let them think that living in a dirty mess is normal.

Many people make hard work of house cleaning. They overwhelm themselves, detest housework and then try to avoid it. Then the situation gets worse and maybe really bad and dirty. It is useless closing your eyes – it won’t go away. This is a vicious circle to be avoided at all costs!

Unfortunately if you detest housework this is something you need to come to terms with, because the problem won't disappear overnight.

You could pay someone to come in and do the cleaning - but this page is about saving money, not spending it. In any case, do you want anyone else to see what a mess you are in?

To make life easy on yourself and to save money, here’s what to do.

Get a small plastic carrying crate/trug – sold in most horse Saddlers and similar stores. The girls use them for carrying their horsey gear from stable to stable. The plastic crate is handy because it will cope with any spillage that may occur plus the damp cloths you will be using.

When you have got your crate stock it with home made remedies that will save money, such as you will find on our Secret Household Cleaning Tips page.

Add a roll of kitchen towel, an old toothbrush – handy for cleaning tile grout and other awkward places, a couple of pieces of old sweat shirt, to use as polishers and a few cotton buds handy for cleaning tight little corners. An old face flannel/cloth and maybe a sponge are a boon for wiping around. You have all your gear assembled to save you time. Now you are ready to go. Stop the dirty look and enjoy being clean.

If you don’t want to make your own remedies as suggested on the Household Tips page, shop around. There are so many cleaning products available that you need to take care not to waste money. All you will need is a toilet cleaner, bath/shower cleaner - either will do, a hard surface cleaner (for the kitchen) a bottle of disinfectant, some window cleaning spray and for very occasional use, some furniture polish. Having a cupboard in the kitchen that is full of half-used cleaning items is no way to save money. Use them up before you buy any more.

If you carry this crate with you, you will not need to go up and downstairs or from room to room trying to find the materials and tools you need for this dirty job.

Clean from top to bottom. That is, dust around lamp shades, pelmets and door frames, etc. and anything that is ‘stretch’ height, and work your way downwards. Save effort here!

For instance, dust from light fittings will fall, and if you have cleaned the lower levels first, you will feel pretty sick to see dust on your clean surfaces again. Simple pimple!

The same point also arises – dust or vacuum first. Dust first, of course, for the very same reason. Do one room at a time, or even a section of a large room, and you will not feel overwhelmed and defeated. Don't make yourself detest housework even more. Take the easy route. Try to finish in the kitchen, then you will know the rest of your house/flat is in good order - clean and no longer dirty - then you can concentrate on the room that is most probably most deserving of your attention.

Another reason, is that often when cleaning other rooms you may well find dirty cups and saucers that should be in the kitchen and need to be taken there. So, to avoid cluttering a clean kitchen with dirty crocks – leave it until last.

Have a cup or tea/coffee and a five minute break, then blast the kitchen. Think how well you are doing as you save time and money! Give yourself a pat on the back.

A good tip, if all your floors are clean, this adds to the general good appearance of your home.

Although you may detest housework, once you have been through the house thoroughly and you make a point of completing this task say, once per week, then you should be able to keep the situation under control.

So forget about how you are supposed to detest housework, attack the thought, get it under control, say to yourself I don't detest housework (well not quite so much); convince yourself  when you see the results of your labours. Convince any other members of the household that they no longer detest housework and make them do their fair share. He/she who makes the mess - clears it up - pronto.

It is quite normal to detest housework - most people do. When you have finished the job the pleasure of seeing a clean house should erase the 'I detest housework' feeling.

If you want some more unusual household tips, take a look at our Unusual Tips page. These feature products you may well have in the house but have never thought of using for the particular jobs mentioned. These tips will also save money as well as time.

If you have children who are particularly untidy, try putting a large notice in their rooms - Don't put it down, put it away. It will be necessary to start early with this tip - as soon as the children start attending school - so that tidiness becomes a habit.

You were not put on this earth to clear up untidyness that your children create.  Your duty is to guide them on the correct path that will serve them throughout their lives.

If this first attempt fails to work, when you are next on your cleaning spree, collect all their belongings that have been left on the floor and put them in the bath.

When the children come home from school and ask where their favourite computer game has gone, pretend to think for a moment then just calmly say 'Oh, I remember, I put it in the bath.' Wait for the screams and then the relief. This is where you say your punch line - 'Next time I will turn the tap on!' Make sure you follow this through and when this incident repeats itself, be selective and just put 'cheap' items in the bath that will not spoil, then turn the cold tap on until everything is submerged. This is your second warning.

You may need to gradually raise the pressure if your first 'bath' treatment does not work. i.e., decide which of the items they have left on the floor is the next in line (i.e., slightly dearer in value) for a bath treatment. After that, it is up to the children and you. But you must win! Otherwise you will have lost face and they will never let you forget it. When you win they will know you are a fair and friendly force to be reckoned with. They had their warnings and failed to heed them.

The other alternative is not to clean their rooms at all. Just present them with clean bed linen and insist they strip and change the beds themselves. To put the pressure on, you could strip their bed and leave the clean linen for them to remake it.  Somewhere along the line, the penny should drop!

This does not prevent you making periodic visits to their rooms and 'liberating' any mugs, dishes etc., that belong in the kitchen. If you just happen to pick up some unused objects and dispose of them in the dustbin/trash can at the same time, well, so be it. Just play your particular situation to your advantage the best you can, but do not lose control.

Remember, this phase will pass and they will grow up. Well, that's the script!

The secret to most training is to catch the children early on in their life. If you are lucky enough to have a Brownie Pack in your area, your girls will learn so much about helping and giving, it should aid them to develop correctly and in taking care of themselves and their belongings. This also applies to the Boy Scouts, Girl Guide and other youth movements.

Do you know of a good tip for surviving the 'growing pains' years?

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