A famous comedienne is supposed to have said: "I hate housework! You wash the kitchen floor, you vacuum the rugs, you scour the sinks, dust the furniture, do the laundry — and six months later you have to do it all over again!"
We laugh, some of us sardonically, but the truth is there — it has to be done continually.
Some folks realize that for the good of all, they’ll be the ones that will have to do it, sooner or later. Lucky is the household which has housework well under control. Fortunate, indeed, is the household to have a person who does housework regularly and swallows all the bad words that could be vented for not having the work noticed.
Tempers flare if things are not easily found that should be, "where I left them." It is comforting to go looking for an article, with a few seconds left to catch a bus, and there’s the thing, "in the usual place." This is difficult to achieve if housework is neglected. The answer? Let me know if you have one!
Just before a photo is taken for a furniture ad, someone has to go and tidy up, which is housework, right? IKEA will not sell goods if their surroundings are messy. That kind of "tidying up" is called "a job" and you can get big bucks doing it. Maybe housework would be more appealing if it was financially rewarding.
Have you noticed that a public washroom gets messier if there are already two pieces of paper on the floor? I like to pick up the first piece, knowing that this helps to keep it the way we like to find it when we need to be there.
In other words, leaving a room in better shape than you found it is a way to get a good feeling without necessarily being smug about it.
There are a few people who can work even if their surroundings are an unqualified mess. Some of these people are absolute "geniuses." The rest of us need a modicum of order so that we can function without tantrums.
I just know that this article won’t have to be redone in six months because it’s done now — finished.
Bertha Klassen is a community correspondent for Elmwood.