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List #8 – Childhood Chores

I can’t remember having too many chores as a kid. The ones I remember having, I remember being easily distracted from.

  • Washing windows — My favorite springtime chore, I’d wash all the windows on the main floor of our house. I remember especially enjoying the first grime-busting time every year.
  • Cleaning my room — I always found something to play with or (more likely) read. I would make my mom sit on my bed and talk to me so that I had company. I think that’s why talking on the phone is one of my most productive activities today.
  • Matching/folding socks — It was like a game. I still find it somewhat fun today.
  • Feeding the dog — Most people know I’m not a dog person. Part of that stems from having to take disgusting combinations of food out to an animal that would jump all over me.
  • Feeding the cat — Does anyone else think cat food smells gross, too?
  • Setting the table — I think that my perfectionism was highly evident in this when I’d make sure all the silverware matched and the plates were turned the same way and the glasses were in the right corner. I still do that at Christmas dinner.
  • Filling/emptying the dishwasher — If my brother and I could ever duke out who got which one (we won’t mention how literal that may have been to some instances), I’d always choose emptying (a) because I’d be done sooner and (b) because I can’t stand gross dishes that have been immersed in nasty water for several hours. (This is not to be confused with putting water IN a pan to soak it.) As a result, I sometimes find more joy in hand-washing dishes now.

Signs You Need to Do Dishes

Dear apartment,

Please accept this as an apology for the state you’ve been left in for far too long now. Perhaps I will learn to do dishes before these signs start popping up in the future, and hopefully all of you are a tad bit better about doing dishes than I am.

  1. The dishwasher, which was once filled with clean dishes after the last load, is nearly empty from using dishes out of it. Why can’t I just get into the habit of emptying the thing and just turning it on once it’s FILLED!
  2. All of the spoons in the drawer … and dishwasher … and extra hidden stash are used and laying in the sink.
  3. All of your plates are waiting to be washed. All you have to eat off of are dessert plates. (Not such a bad thing if you think about it.)
  4. You choose to eat oatmeal for breakfast because your cereal bowls are dirty but your oatmeal bowls are clean.
  5. Your kitchen counters say that you’ve just had 12 people over to dinner, but in reality, it’s just been that long since you’ve put dishes away off of them.
  6. You write a blog post about how you need to clean instead of cleaning. (Procrastination, anyone?)
Okay, I realize how gross I am sounding right now. It really is time to clean this mess up. No leaving the apartment until it’s done.