A Sweeping Glance

Daily Prompt: Those Dishes Won’t do Themselves (Unfortunately)

What’s the household task you most dislike doing? Why do you think that is — is it the task itself, or something more?

Cleaning toilets – definitely. I don’t need to analyse that too deeply to find the reason. I have an overactive imagination and it runs riot whenever I enter a bathroom armed with bleach, cleaning cloths, and detergent.

I’ve always wanted a maid, or here in the UK, a cleaner. As it turns out, that position was filled by me when I became a mother!

The sad truth is, I’m a scatterbrain. I don’t remember to do half of the things I’m supposed to, so putting the washing in, or ironing a pile of clothes is pretty low down on my list of priorities. Seriously, I’m in no danger of become Monica Geller. I just don’t have that much commitment to my chores. I have a cluttered brain, which is not the same as disorganised one (I know exactly where things are stored) and this translates to my living environment.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s clean. When I notice the dust (before I can write my name in it), I get out the polish and go crazy with a duster. I’m actually a good cleaner. I’m very thorough. Everything is dragged out to be buffed, cleaned and polished into submission, before its put back again. Granted not necessarily in the same place.

I found a quote that sums it up nicely;

I have sporadic OCD cleaning moments around the house. But then I get lazy and I’m cured. It’s a very inconsistent personality trait – Chris Hemsworth

Who needs consistency!

I enjoy to mix it up a little, so once I start something I see it through and, like my editing approach, I aim to improve whatever I’m working on. On those occasions I like to find a new place for things, to imitate order among chaos.

As long as my home is clean and relatively tidy, I’m happy. If I’ve had a hectic day (or two), and haven’t caught up on the jobs piling up in the house, this can affect my mood – beginning a vicious circle in which I beat myself with an ever increasing stick. That’s the real part I dislike about housework. The pressure we can sometimes put on ourselves. The feelings of inadequacy if we can’t fit everything in.

Or that could just be the excuse I use for neglecting my chores! Generally I view my surroundings with no more than a cursory glance. My head is usually too full of other things. As my Dad used to say ‘I’m away with the fairies!’

It reminds me of a greeting card I once received, which still tickles me today;

My idea of housework is to sweep the room with a glance – Erma Bombeck

There are some extremely entertaining quotes about housework. If you’re in the mood for a little research, or a pick me up when you really don’t want to tackle that pile of dishes, you should take a look.

One of my favourite quotes is related to children. I’m sure at one time or another I was better at picking up after my girls. Now I understand that I’d spend far too much time and energy following them around or asking them to put things away, that I’ve developed new tactics. Mostly that’s a middle ground; something I can live with since I’m not the tidiest person in the world. Of course then there’s the whole thing about teaching our children, being a good influence and arming them with skills for life. But that’s an entirely different post!

I’m sure you’ve read the quote before, but to me, it epitomises my thoughts on the subject.

Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shovelling the walk before it stops snowing – Phyllis Diller

I can’t end the piece without referring it back to writing in some form or another. Agatha Christie once said the best time to plan a book is while doing the dishes. I can see where she’s coming from. Ideas always come to me when I’m doing something else, usually driving. It’s nice to be able to do a menial task and let your mind wander. There are two benefits; one is clearly that the chore is done before you’ve even realised it, and the other is that you’ve got the perfect excuse to plan and create without interruption.

I’m sure you have a few favourite quotes, or even funny stories about avoiding those dreaded chores. Avoidance goes hand in hand with procrastination and we can all excel at that!

Thanks for reading.


The quotes are taken from www.psychologytoday.com – Article by Stephanie Sarkis (www.stephaniesarkis.com). Copyright 2012. Sarkis Media LLC.

Author: mbarkersimpson

Melissa Barker-Simpson is a multigenre romance author. Her stories are about connection, friendship, and love in all its forms. So whether in a magical setting, an alternative universe, or a world where anything can happen – and often does – there is always an element of romance. Melissa is currently residing in the North of England with her two daughters, and when not writing, is fulfilling her other role as a British Sign Language Interpreter.

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