Sunday, October 6, 2013

10 Ways To Make Yourself Miserable While Housecleaning & MYHSM Linky Party

Making your home sing Mondays

Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday linky party! Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). 

My point with each Monday post is, what are YOU doing or going to do today to make your home sing?  It can be an attitude or an action. So have fun, do some blog hopping, and link up!  Thanks!

Topics can include marriage, parenting, encouraging women, organization, cleaning, saving money, our behavior and attitudes, homemaking, homeschooling, recipes....the opportunities are endless.

Note:  We had 80 linkups last week!  You guys are awesome!  Don't forget to visit one another and try to leave a comment on at least one blog to encourage someone today!  :)

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Do you hate house cleaning?  Do you dread having to do it?  Do you put it off as long as you can?  Are you miserable whenever you have to do it?

Well, in case you're not miserable enough, here are TEN for sure ways to make your cleaning duties more difficult so that you will wish you never had to do it again.  Adopt any or all of these tips if you want to add more stress to your homemaking duties!  Because more stress is normal and to be desired, right?

1.  Don't wash the dirty dishes right away.  Wait until the mashed potatoes or oatmeal have hardened to the intensity of concrete.  That way, it will take longer and you can enjoy it more.  Why go do something fun when you can spend an extra ten minutes or more scrubbing hardened food off your pots and pans?

2.  Don't establish any routine cleaning habits.  They are a waste of time because you have to keep doing them over and over.  They don't STAY done and so it's a waste of time, right?

Don't clean up the kitchen after every meal, you're only going to have to clean it again tomorrow anyway.  Don't make your bed every day, you're going to mess it up again tonight anyway, and you're only going to have to make it again tomorrow.

Don't hang up your clothes every day, you will just have to do it all over again tomorrow anyway.  Don't dust, vacuum or mop every week.  It's just a waste of time because you will only have to do it again when the dust builds up or the floor gets sticky.

Don't waste your time on things that won't STAY clean.

3.  Don't ever pick up after yourself.  Ever.  Just leave everything out in the last place you used it. That way you can find it again.  If you're lucky you will only have to remove a few things on top before you discover what you're looking for.

4.  Don't have a place for anything.  Just leave it all out so that you can SEE what you have.  That way you can have hours of fun sorting through your piles of stuff while you're looking for that one thing and you never have to return it to its place when you're done with it.....because there IS no place!

5.  Get mad whenever you have to clean.  Feel sorry for yourself, call yourself a hopeless drudge and act like a martyr.  Say you don't deserve to be treated like this.

Have a miserable time and get mad when you have to clean, throw things across the room, slam doors, yell at your family and call them "slobs" and say "You guys are pigs!"  Make sure everyone else has a miserable time, too, and knows how unhappy you are.

6.  Clean only when you absolutely HAVE to.  Don't clean up a spill when you see it or pick up some garbage when you come across it.  Don't dust, vacuum, wipe up the kitchen counters, or put away the newspapers.  Let it all pile up and ignore it for as long as you can get away with it.

After all, it's just as easy to put away 20 newspapers as it is to put away one newspaper, right?  It's just as easy to put away ten loads of laundry as it is one load of laundry, right?

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And when you finally DO clean?  Clean only the little things that really don't matter as much such as dusting the fake plant leaves or cleaning the smudges off the light switches and ignore the "bigger" cleaning jobs such as mopping floors, dishes, bathrooms, etc.  That way you can feel virtuous that you cleaned something without having to work too hard at it!

7.  Don't clean during the week or even once a week.  Wait until your husband and children are yelling at you that there are no clean dishes or laundry, and you notice that the house is such a mess you're wondering if you should hang a "danger" sign outside the door.

This way you can really work hard and put in some long hours working all weekend (and even longer maybe) and feel like you've really accomplished something that day. And when you go to bed exhausted, knowing you're not done and have more to do the next day, you will really feel like you deserve that vacation coming up!

8.  Make lots of excuses.  After all, no one else has to stay home all day with a baby and small children who drag things out as fast as you can put them away.  No one else has to work outside the home and then come home and cook dinner when they're tired and then face a load of dishes afterward.  No one else has as big a house as you do, or as small a house as you do, or three bathrooms or only ONE bathroom.

No one else has as many children as you have to pick up after, or no one else has NO children to help them one else has the problems that YOU do.  No one else understands.

9. Blame everyone else.  After all, its their mess too.  Why did you ever think you wanted kids or a husband anyway?  All he does is work all day and comes home and leaves his socks lying around.  So unfair.  And the kids?  They are NO help at all.  You nag them over and over to go pick up their stuff but they never do.  So it's their fault your house is a mess.  You can ignore this mess just as well as they can!  If they want to act like they don't care YOU don't have to care either!

10.  Every time you feel the urge to clean go do something else until it passes.  Turn on the t.v., read a good book, play on the computer.  Just do anything to distract yourself from cleaning and I promise you the urge will eventually pass.

So put these tips to good use and you will soon find yourself well on your way to feeling miserable whenever you have to clean your home!  ;)  Be sure and pass them along to all your friends so that they can feel miserable too!  Misery loves company, right?

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  1. This is brilliant and such fun to read. It always brings a good laugh when there is truth to be told in humor. Thanks for hosting again, Nan, and I am trying to get back in the groove of visiting a little more often than I have. I always find lighthearted encouragement here. Have a wonderful week!!

    1. Me too, Judith! These last few weeks.....actually these last couple of months......have been extremely busy for me with my mom's being in the hospital and then moving into the nursing home (and me having to pack up all her stuff) and then our son getting married.

      I'm hoping to get a little more active now too!

  2. I loved this read because it is a strong reminder of what we really do to ourselves! I was thinking about how much laundry had to be done in our home and how it was all over the house. I was kicking myself because we didn't pick up after ourselves yesterday. It really showed how much ONE day can make a world of difference in our home.

    1. Yes, it really can, can't it? I kick myself too, sometimes, when I wake up to a dirty sink in the morning and have all the dishes to take care of. That's why usually clean the kitchen after every meal but sometimes I get lazy, haha!

  3. HI Nan! I guess mine would be Not a Place for Anything, although it would be not a place for everything. We have places for MOST things, but with 8 children, (and a house full of pack rats) there always seems to be more THINGS than PLACES to put them in! :D

    1. Oh my! Yes, that would certainly makes things a bit more difficult! Especially because you have to have more of stuff, like more towels, and more dishes, etc.

  4. Nan....what a fun way to look at what we do to sabotage ourselves in keeping an organized and clean home. I loved your list! Thank you for the link up as well. Have a blessed week friend.

    1. Thank you! I hope you had a lovely week too!

  5. Ok. I confess. You caught me. Guilty on all counts.
    Seeing it all listed out like that gives me a good kick in the you-know-what! Thanks, I needed this!

    1. Lol! I know what you mean. As I was writing it I think I was giving myself a good kick too, lol!


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