I Hate Laundry

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Is this really a debateable topic?! In fact, I hate cleaning, period! I am a crappy housewife and so thankful that my husband cleans better than I do! But laundry....downright sucks! I can throw a load in. But it might not make it to the dryer for a few days. By then I need to rewash it. After the dryer, it might stay there for a few days too. Eventually it gets folded, but not might make it upstairs, or gets piled up on the dressers. I would make such a horrible SAHM!

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Sarah - posted on 06/10/2010

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I will do the laundry for one of you lovely ladies, including folding (but no ironing) if you take care of my dishes! I HATE not having a dishwasher in this apartment! We are looking for a bigger place atm and I refuse to consider anyplace without one!

Krista - posted on 06/10/2010

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Oh my goodness, Veronica. Just reading about all the housework you have to do...I need to go lie down now.

Rosie - posted on 06/10/2010

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i'm almost as bad as you sharon, except i like the act of doing th laundry, adding the soap to the machine is fun, measuring fabric softener and putting it in the little downy ball is great too, even moving it to the dryer and adding the static sheet is great. then it will sit sometimes for days in the dryer, and then when it finally gets taken out of the dryer it will stay in a basket for a couple days, then when it gets folded it will stay in the basket waiting for it to get put away for days as well. you sound almost exactly like me, lol!

Veronica - posted on 06/08/2010

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Oh - another thing about laundry -- mine too sit in the washer sometimes, and the dryer, and the basket. My washer/dryer are in teh basement - and when im out of my children's sight - they are into everythign possible -- so i usually do laundry when the hubby is home, or at night when they are in bed-- if i try to do it otherwise, thats when it sits. As for folding, i like folding, i hate sock matching. My kids like helping me fold. I make them put away their own clothes. They like to help carry the towels to the linen closet. So, its not tooo bad -- its just like i said, never ending.

Veronica - posted on 06/08/2010

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Wow - I can totally relate with so many of you ladies on here :) Im two-sided. I am totally fine with cleaning - Im even totally fine with cleaning other people's houses (as kids, my mom had us help out when we'd go visiting - we'd help with dishes/pick up after ourselves, etc -- for holidays we'd be at our grandparent's house and help get everything cleaned and food prepared for the big day). Cleaning is fine for me. Sometimes its a great way to "get away" from the kids and have 'me' time - a break. (Hubby watches kids while i do my work). Its also a way for me to relax and winddown at the end of a busy and chaotic day. Washing a few dishes by hand, doing laundry inbetween catching up on facebook/com ;) I am a thorough cleaner too. Like, i dont just wash dishes -- the cupboard, stove, and table get washed down. Floor is swept, garbage taken out -- and I mop at least twice a week, IF its a good week.
Now - its not always fun and games. I forgot to tell you all that i have six children. So what I hate about cleaning - is that its NEVER EVER EVER ending!!! Ive basically had a one, two and three year old for the last 7 years (my children are all close in age) So you can imagine having someone tearing up, spilling, breaking, and destroying everything in their/your path for 7 years strait now. Yes, I mop the floor - last week, i mopped - my daughter spilled chocolate milk allllll over my clean floor. Cleaned that up. I mopped again, she decided to spill grape juice allll over. Cleaned that up. Mopped again. She decided to spill my cofee creamer - which is very very sticky - alllll over the floor! So once again, cleaned, and mopped again. AND went and got a new refridgerator lock also!! Laundry?? HA! It truly is the enemy - why? Because you can do all the laundry and have it all done - but you see, everyone is wearing clothes - so when we change, ugh, another load of laundry -again!! Once I FINALLY get the 10 plus loads of laundry done - i hit the bed sheets/blankets, etc. (so that is 7 sheets, 7 top sheets, 12 blankets -we all have two a peice in the winter anyways -- and of course all the pillow sheets) then the laundry is built up way beyond an end again. And dishes? For the first time, three years ago - I finally got a dishwasher!! Before the miraculous dishwasher, i would do dishes upon dishes upon dishes -- i hated cooking, mainly because i would have to wash alllll those dishes. The dishwasher is a huge huge time saver -- but honestly, three years later - and 8 people eating, at least three meals a day -- its not all its entirely cracked up to be ;) I still have a mountain, and that is by lunch time, LOL
As for the rest of the house, my children love to vacuum and sweep -- so all i have to tell them is to clean up their room/living room (their toys are the main mess) - then they can vacuum - works like a charm (for now anyways). My oldest likes to clean her room her way -- she is very tidy, and inventive too. My boys like to shove everything in the closet. We vacuum at least every other day or so - mainly because of the traffic in our house.

There is soo much more -- my room is probably the filthiest thing in the house- besides the bedding -- my room is the catchall - meaning things i clean out of my kitchen, stuff i dont want the kids to get to, all my stupid junk i have yet to throw out -- piles up. When people come over, and i need to put stuff somewhere - it goes to my room, and usually stays there til i get the energy to clean it again.

So to sum it up -- i don't mind cleaning at all - its the fact that i have to continously do it over and over and over and over again that gets me. It will almost never be done or finished. It doesnt last very long either. I even try to keep the amount of clothes and dishes we own to as bare minimum as im willing to go to cut down on the dishes/laundry -- but its still never ending. And now, with #6, who I just had in April -- i now have a whole new set of laundry to do - and soon more dishes!!

One thing is definatly certain... I will be coming out a professional housecleaner after this troop!!! hahahaha

Elisabeth - posted on 06/08/2010

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I'm going to be the odd one out here and say I like cleaning. Haha including the laundry. For some reason I see it as a challange. How sparkeling can I get this bathtube today? Ready...GO, scrubscrubscrubscrub. Cleaning to me is my 'me time', It gives me time to think. The only thing I don't like is some of the iorning, before I had my second baby I used to iron the bedsheets and doona cover, now i don't have time but I'm glad I don't have to do that. Ironing clothes on the other hand I also see as a challenge, get proud of myself when I do a good job. Oh what a sad life I have. haha

Rose - posted on 06/08/2010

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i hate laundry it sux! I would rather be doing something else! so i feel your pain lol!

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I am a SAHM and well I hate any kitchen work. Infact, I am possibly the laziest SAHM ever. I am a hermit and hate to leave the house for anything other than grocery shopping, I hate cooking, cleaning and gardening. The only thing that I can ever do is washing and vacuuming. Though I must say, the clothes will take a while before they actually get put away. The seem to live on the couch. BUT! I would like to point out that my daughter is always clean and well groomed. It's just me that is never that way. :P My partner is great for cleaning up after me. And that is why I would be a mess (more so than I am now) without him :P

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Even so, I'd hire a house cleaner over a nanny any day! Who wants to clean the house when they can be spending time with their precious children!

Lea - posted on 06/07/2010

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I can see cleaning that much if I had a huge house and my kids had a nanny or were able to occupy themselves. Otherwise, no.

C. - posted on 06/07/2010

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LOL Suzette!!! I probably would have told him to get the heck out of my house, but I was going through some MAJOR PPD and ended up going to the bedroom and crying for an hour straight. The hubs has tried to talk to him about it.. It's falling on deaf ears. Lets just say my BIL still has a lot of growing up to do, seeing as one time he didn't get his wish and stormed out of the house while I was in the shower.. UGH!!! Anyway..

Lady - posted on 06/07/2010

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Oh Lisa I remember when we had moved into a new house and our washing mashine took about three months to be delivered due to a number of muck ups and I had a lovely laudrette that I would take my washing to - and like you it would come back clean and folded - I was tempted to keep going even after the washing mashine arrived but couldn't find a good enough justification.

*Lisa* - posted on 06/07/2010

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I don't do laundry ;) My appartment is too small for a washing machine. It would have to go in the kitchen, but the friggen kitchen is so small there is only space for a sink. No benches. There is also nowhere to hang the clothes. SO every few days, I take a bag of filthy clothes downstairs to the lovely laundry lady. She cleans them, dries them, presses them and I get them back later that same day. Just like magic! I guess Hong Kong does have it's perks. It's probably cheaper for us then having a washing machine.

Krista - posted on 06/07/2010

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How frigging dirty can her house even get, that she needs to clean it that often?

She needs to find a hobby or something.

My husband and I each tackle a chore most every evening. So he might do a couple of loads of laundry while I clean our bathroom. Or I'll clean up and sweep 'n' mop the kitchen and he'll do the living room. So for the most part, we do stay on top of things rather nicely. There are some evenings, though, when we're just too tired. That's when it would be nice to know that at least the cleaner will be coming in a few days. It works out well, because he's the "cleaner" and I'm the "tidier". I'm great at organizing and putting things away and keeping everything in its place. And he tends to notice when things like the windows and the fridge need doing (whereas if it was left up to me, I'd probably never think to wash my windows, and would only clean out my fridge if it actually stank.)

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On the stay at home moms forum there has been a thread for the past week or so about a housecleaning schedule. A mom of a six week old said her husband was complaining about the lack of housework getting done since the birth of the baby. THE NERVE! Anyway, one mom responded that she cleans SIX HOURS A DAY!!??!! What?! Basically (if I remember) she has 2 "power hours" in which she wipes everything down, makes the beds in the morning and in the afternoon she vacuums and mops and wipes everything down again. Then she cleans a zone (area of the house) each day. It takes 2 hours to clean that zone. Then there's the normal cooking and laundry. I don't see how that gets done everyday. My daughter wouldn't let me get that much done in a day even if I wanted to...lol! I'm happy if all the toys are put away and my desk and countertops are cleaned daily. I'll vacuum and mop once a week.

Sarah - posted on 06/07/2010

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On the checking pockets thing, I accidently put husbands brand new mobile phone through the washing machine because of that!!!
He'd put his jeans in the washing basket in front of the washing machine, so I ASSUMED he had checked the pockets!!!!

Boy was he cross with me! The phone did not survive :(

So I always check the pockets now!

Lindsay - posted on 06/07/2010

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I don't necessarily love doing housework, but I'm pretty good at keeping it up. I hate a messy house more than I dislike cleaning so it gets done daily. I don't mind the laundry. I do it continuously so while it never stops, it never gets backed up either. I don't iron. I have an iron for an emergency but I don't think it's even been used in the last 6 months. If it's not something I can fluff in the dryer, it gets sent off with our dry cleaning to be pressed. Madeline is my official towel folder and stays on top of that pretty well! ;-P



My least favorite chore? Unloading the dishwasher. I have no issues getting the plates cleaned off and loaded into the dishwasher but for some reason, taking them out and putting them back in the cabinets is something I avoid as much as possible. So many days I just pull clean dishes out of the dishwasher to use instead of getting more out of the cabinets....it's my great shortcut!

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My husband washed his own work uniforms.
If something I need to wear to work needs ironing, I make a steam shower and han gup my outfit for a good 10-15 minutes cause I do own an iron, but it takes more effort than hanging up something in a steam shower.
My house is cluttered, but not downright messy.
If someone were to come over for a drink or game night, they would most likely see cluttered counters and dog/cat hair. I am constantly vacuuming but the hair is still a perpetual problem.
Overall, I love my home the way it is, and hubby knows my cleaning limitations!

Jocelyn - posted on 06/07/2010

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I use to check pockets diligently. Until the day I asked my hubby to kill a spider for me (which he did) and then saw him put the tissue containing said dead spider in his jeans pocket. Now I don't check! His wallet went though the washing machine the other week lol.

Krista - posted on 06/07/2010

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Same here, Gillian. I keep reminding my husband to check his pockets before he throws his work clothes in the wash. He remembers about half of the time. Usually it's batteries in his pocket, from his mp3 player. We have the cleanest batteries in town. Of course some day, one of those batteries will probably explode in the dryer, and then we'll have a mess. But it's his work clothes, and therefore, his problem.

Jess - posted on 06/07/2010

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Well I think my partner is allergic to the washing machine... so I get no help with the washing. We have an iron, it cost a fair bit too... its meant to be a good one. I wouldn't really know though because its still in the box 3 years after purchase. Why iron when the tumble dryer does the same job without my help ?

Lady - posted on 06/07/2010

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Yep we have the same debate - he thinks I should check the pockets - I say if they are in the dirty washing hamper then it's the responsability of the person who put them there!! I don't think it's one that's going to be resolved any time soon!!

Laura - posted on 06/07/2010

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So my hubby and I have a continuous debate in our house. It's more fun than anything (he likes to see me get sassy) but I was wondering what all of you do. I collect the money that falls out of the pockets and keep it for myself, it's my tip and it's never much or all that often. My husband thinks I should check the pockets first and I say no way that's everyone else's responsibility. The only time I check pockets for him is if the clothes are sitting on the bed and haven't been put in the hamper which means he most likely hasn't gone through pockets. He's good with that. Although, not checking kids pockets can be dangerous but I haven't run into too many problems. I usually find hot wheels cars, rocks, chapstick, candy, candy wrappers, sticks, army guys and occassional crayons in the wash.

Lady - posted on 06/07/2010

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As soon as I am earning I will be hiring a cleaner - My hubby has more than agreed to this he was the one that suggested it - we've just desided we are above such things like cleaning and gardening - lol only kidding - we're both just butt lazy when it comes to things like that!!!!

Krista - posted on 06/07/2010

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Oh, and with regards to housecleaning, we are seriously considering hiring a cleaner to come in once a week. We're pretty good at keeping things tidy and organized, so this way, we could get him or her to do the bathrooms, dust, vaccuum, mop...all that good stuff. Plus, once a month we could get her to clean our fridge! (Which in my mind, is the biggest pain-in-the-ass cleaning job out there.)

Krista - posted on 06/07/2010

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My version of ironing is to spray the heck out of the garment with that Downy wrinkle releaser spray, shake the heck out of it, hang it up, and hope for the best. 99% of the time, it works perfectly. The only time I iron is if we're going to a wedding and Keith wants his dress shirt ironed.

I fold laundry while watching TV, so that helps. But then it sits in the basket for a few days, until I finally muster up the energy to put it away.

Lea - posted on 06/07/2010

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Dude, listen to the radio while you do housework or watch TV while you fold and iron clothes. I don't like doing it either but why not get work done while I'm catching up with my TIVO. It feels good to get things done and have a little fun at the same time. Or, since you say cooking and the kitchen is no problem, then just do that and see if your husband or kids will help out with the other chores.

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It's so good to find that lots of other people don't iron!

I'm going to show this thread to my mum so she'll stop bugging me to do it. She will just shake her head and mutter something about feminism being the death of the family, but hey, it might get her off my back :)

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I don't hate doing the laundry, but I really don't like putting it away once it's done. It just seems to take forever.

Lady - posted on 06/07/2010

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Cathy yep never ending story!!! that's the song going round in my head everytime I'm doing laundry!!

Lady - posted on 06/07/2010

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I got away with it with my first daughter because she doesn't like dresses or anything facy, she would happily live in tracky bottoms - but my second daughter is a total girly girl and loves to wear anything pretty and frilly - bugger!!!

Suzette - posted on 06/07/2010

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lol Christina, I'm sure about our parents... too funny! I would've told him to get out of my house if I were you. Anyone who wants to tell me (not ask!) what to put on my television, regardless of children present, can kiss my lily white behind! Not to mention being rude about housework. I'm constantly apologizing about my home, even if it isn't in disarray, but to be rude about the housework... well people can kiss it. LOL!

@Gillian, I purposely put all these onesies on the registry so I didn't have to put my little one in dresses and such. It never fails that SOMEONE has to buy something frilly though. I think they do it on purpose just to agitate.. LOL!

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I am a SAHM, I suck at it! I used to love cleaning, not any more, I hate it all. I do the bare minimum these days! I don't buy anything that needs ironing, or for that matter can't go into dryer or dishwasher.

Jocelyn - posted on 06/07/2010

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My dad tried to instill in me a love of ironing...it didn't work. He irons everything! Even the straps of an apron. Serious. I think he should try our for Extreme Ironing; he'd probably win.

Lady - posted on 06/07/2010

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Jodi - be my guide and teach me how to make my kids help out more in the house - I would love to get them to help out more and do the things you mentioned but it sometimes it seems more hasle than it's worth and just easier to do it myself. I do get them to put away there clothes but I have to fold them first which only happens occasionally.
It makes my heart happy to know I'm not the only one with pilles od clean clothes littering the bedroom floor and I only iron school uniforms and work shirts and have even managed to avoid that for the past few weeks as my hubby has been working outside the office and the kids stuff doesn't look to bad after being out on the line.
Dresses are the bane of my life - I'm sure my mum is buying all these pretty dresses for my youngest daughter just to get me to iron - I curse her name everytime she pulls one out the wardrobe and says I want this one - even I can't let her where an unironed party dress although if she's just going to be in the house - who the bloody hell cares?

Sarah - posted on 06/07/2010

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I suck at housework.
I hate doing it.
My house isn't totally disgusting or anything, but it's certainly not the tidiest place in the world!
There always seems to be more important things to do with my time! lol :)

Becky - posted on 06/06/2010

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I am a SAHM and I'm horrible at housework! It's not that I don't know how to do it, I just hate it! Strangely, the only thing I don't mind doing is cleaning the bathrooms. There's just something satisfying about a clean bathroom. I'm not a slob, but my house definitely is not spotless! I don't mind washing and drying laundry, but I too hate folding it! My old house had a large counter in the laundry room, and it would often have a good 3 foot pile of clean laundry on it! We just moved and our new house doesn't have that, so I am going to have to fold the clothes more often. Poopy!

Charlie - posted on 06/06/2010

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My fiance is a professional fisherman so you can imagine what his washing smells like , fortunately he washes his own clothes ;D

Marabeth - posted on 06/06/2010

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Do any of you watch The Marriage Ref? I can't remember what network it is on but it should be sundays at 10. It's REALLY good, especially to watch with the husband.. basically a married couple has a problem (fairly lighthearted, no cheating or drug abuse or super serious stuff) and the husband and wife have opportunities to plead their cases. a panel of three comedians/actors discuss said problem and the host finally makes the decision on who is right. a couple of weeks ago there was a man who had to have all his socks labeled. for example on one pair he wrote in sharpie L1 on the left and R1 on the corresponding right sock. L2 R2, L3 R3, so on and so forth. and he expected his poor wife to honor this ludicrous system when she did laundry! i thought it was the funniest thing i had ever seen. needless to say she won and he lost, big time.

i think i'd like doing laundry more if the machines were more in our living space. i have to go to the dungeonous basement to get loads through (my daughter can't go down there) so i have to sync it up with naptime, etc.. i know i know, i'm lucky to have machines in the house i've had to take laundry offsite before and that *really* sucks but at least it all gets done at once instead of annoying trickles of me being irresponsible! :)

C. - posted on 06/06/2010

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Haha.. Yeah, it really did. But trust me, he brought extra pairs.. He even had the audacity to tell me that I was being ridiculous about what I wanted on my television while my 9m old was in the room!!! The show he was watching was fine until they started to read a VERY descriptive romance novel! But that's another story for another time..

Are you sure we're not related?? We seem to have the same kind of parents..

Suzette - posted on 06/06/2010

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I might have something on my clothes from spilling on them, ya know stuff like that, but I'm the same way with my clothes. Super careful! I think I got it from my mother, lol.

And my mom also instilled the thing with dishes in me! Scrub even before putting in the dishwasher. Always scrape after eating and then rinse. If there's anything on them after that, when you put the dishes in the dishwasher, then you take a sponge and run it over them. LOL. Talk about OCD huh? If there's anything on them after they come out of the dishwasher after that, re-run them or scrub the hell out of them in the sink with dishsoap. ;) She's majorly OCD when it comes to dishes.

You're right, talk about the nerve of someone inspecting your dishes when they come in your home... that takes some balls!

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LOL! *Sigh of relief* Glad I'm not the only one :) My dad was OCD and always made sure even his dirty clothes weren't gross. So growing up with that, it was like culture shock almost.. But yep, the hubs is getting the hang of it with laundry and dishes!!!! *starts throwing a victory celebration on the inside b/c if she screams in excitement she'll wake Liam ;)*

Yes, the dishwasher.. You know, when my BIL stayed with us though, I think he thought I didn't know how to clean or anything. He was surprised to find my dishes spotless when he held them to the light (talk about nerve going into someone's house and examining their clean dishes!) but I didn't care since I had nothing to hide..

Suzette - posted on 06/06/2010

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Christina, I'm the same way with hubby's laundry... UGH!!! I hate finding stuff in the pockets or when he comes back from TDY, I know exactly how you feel. Blah!!! He is getting better about the pocket thing, especially since we just got a new washer/dryer and I've been griping at him about finding stuff in the lint trap. lol!



Oh and the dishwasher thing, I know how you feel on that too. He's learning! ;)

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Really?? That's so weird to me. Aside from when I was going through severe PPD, I actually like cleaning (not LOVE- but like).. It makes me feel.. Good. Productive and clean :)



I don't mind laundry, but I will admit- I HATE doing my husband's laundry- Especially when he would go out and do training for weeks at a time and they had limited laundry.. Gross. Oh, and when my son was a few weeks old and he was wearing one brand of diapers that DID NOT work for him.. Yeah, poop all the way up his back to his neck, down his legs to his feet and up his stomach- TOTAL blowout! But aside from that, I don't really mind it.



Oh, and I do hate dishes. I don't care if I am putting them in right after I use them.. I don't just rinse, I have to scrub b/c I don't want ANY little bit of food or even a lip balm smear on a dish. Maybe a little overboard, but I can't stand taking dishes out of a dishwasher after its run and find fingerprints/lip smears and bits of food on them (my family is good about it, but my husband wasn't at first- he's learning though :) )..

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Wanda, I feel for you! We moved to a new house in December and for the first time in my life I have a dishwasher! It's from the 1970's, but I don't care. I love that machine!

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I WISH I could clean. :( I miss having things the way I like them. My husband is great (most times) about doing the housework for me since I can't do it right now. Since the beginning of this pregnancy it's been one thing or another keeping me from doing the housework. My hips especially, right now I can't bend over because of my lower abdomen hurting like freaking crazy so it's squat or it doesn't get done but then my hips hurt like hell. Blah!!! I miss having things MY way... I sound nuts huh? LOL.



Hmm, the one thing I hate the most are the dishes, we have a dishwasher but that's so not the point. I'm such a perfectionist about how things are done that it's a huge ordeal. All my own fault, I know. lol. Laundry is no biggie with me, I just hate pairing up the socks. Pop on some music and get all the cleaning done and I'm good to go. =) I can knock it all out in a few hours, if I weren't pregnant. lol. And, I don't buy things that wrinkle, that way I don't have to iron. haha! I do have a couple of things, mainly for going out, but hubby does ironing since he's military and all he does it MUCH better than me! ;)

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Socks... that's why I only have one brand and one color of socks, that way who cares if a couple go missing, I always have pairs! Seriously, I go to Burlington Coat Factor or TJMaxx and buy like 10 pairs of black socks and I'm good for a year. Same with my daughter... Old Navy, we buy the bulk pack of white and bulk pack of pink socks and we're good.

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I don't mind laundry but I don't like to iron. I have an iron but only use it on my craft projects. The household chore I hate the most is dishes. We don't have a dish washer and it seems as thought the sink is full again right after it's been emptied.

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