Friday afternoon chore time

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Registered: 08-22-2009
Friday afternoon chore time
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Fri, 02-05-2010 - 4:38pm

I got off work early so am tackling some chores.

What are your least favorite chore?

Which ones do you not mind so much?

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Registered: 05-19-2009
Fri, 02-12-2010 - 1:04pm

I never meant doing all the chores for the household during the week. But the things I would be doing, I'd probably get it done when the rest of the people were at work & school, if I were not at work.

My kids don't have many activities during the week, so that time is available for them to get things done. Or on the weekends.

In the frequently relevant (to so many debates on Ivillage) words of Inigio Montoya from The Princess Bride "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."

In the frequently relevant (to so many debates on Ivillage) words of Inigio Montoya from The Princess Bride "You keep using that

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Registered: 05-19-2009
Fri, 02-12-2010 - 1:12pm

"There are always enough chores to go around."

That's true no matter what your work status. It does make a difference if you have a house cleaner though. Many people on this board do.

In the frequently relevant (to so many debates on Ivillage) words of Inigio Montoya from The Princess Bride "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."

In the frequently relevant (to so many debates on Ivillage) words of Inigio Montoya from The Princess Bride "You keep using that

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Registered: 08-22-2009
Fri, 02-12-2010 - 1:14pm

"I never meant doing all the chores for the household during the week. But the things I would be doing, I'd probably get it done when the rest of the people were at work & school, if I were not at work."

That is a much better way of stating what I have been trying to say. If I am going to do laundry, mop floors etc any way then it made the most sense to do them when it was most convenient for me, which was when I was home alone.

It is not much different from after I returned to work. Because of work load I have been working fewer hours and only about 1/2 days on Fridays. So I have been doing some of the chores that I normally do on the weekend on Friday to free up the weekend.

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Registered: 01-15-2006
Fri, 02-12-2010 - 4:01pm

i agree.

 

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Registered: 08-22-2009
Fri, 02-12-2010 - 4:13pm

I have done terribly trying to explain myself.

Someone else stated it much better. It is not that I did all the chores as a SAHM and my kids did nothing, but the chores that I was going to do anyway I preferred to do when others were at work/school.

It has been the same as a WOHM. We are going through our slow time at work. I am only averaging about 29 hours a week and have been only working half days on Friday. So I have been doing some the chores on Friday afternoon that when I work full time I do on Saturday to free up my Saturday.

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Registered: 03-27-2000
Fri, 02-12-2010 - 4:39pm

I understood you.

I'm just saying that for me, it doesn't really matter whether the kids are home or not as to when I do chores. The only thing that their presence would really hamper is if I was trying to wash the floor. Otherwise, cleaning and chores is more about when I can find the time, and I don't always have that time when they are at school. I personally only really have a 2-2.5 hr window of time, depending on the day of the week, and during that time, I don't do laundry for cost reasons. I don't usually clean bathrooms either b/c I like to do that when I'm dirty, not after I'm already showered.

I get that other people might like to use that time they are alone but for me, that time is valuable and I'd rather spend it running errands and taking care of specific tasks (not related to cleaning) that involve concentration and preparing dinner. While I do sometimes use that time for smaller tasks like cleaning up the kitchen, I do often save the bathroom cleaning/vacuuming/laundry to times when there actually are people at home.

Of course, if I had eight hours a day every day of no kids at home, I might do things differently, but right now, I don't so this is how I do manage it.

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Registered: 08-22-2009
Fri, 02-12-2010 - 4:47pm
In my case it may be a personality issue. I really prefer to work alone. Which is why my job is such a good fit for me. The majority of the day I am alone when I work. (A former co-worker one asked me didn't it drive me crazy working back there all alone every day, no having to work with people all day every day would drive me crazy).
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Registered: 01-15-2006
Fri, 02-12-2010 - 6:44pm

interesting, chores aren't really age specific or dependent on when DH is working or when he's off.

 

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Registered: 01-15-2006
Fri, 02-12-2010 - 6:50pm
"There are always enough chores to go around."

That's true no matter what your work status.


i agree, but why the statement that a benefit of SAH, general is having time to do it while kids are at school, DH, work which frees up a weekend...were you only basing that on your experience?

 

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Registered: 08-22-2009
Fri, 02-12-2010 - 6:51pm

"chores aren't really age specific"

So a 1 year old, a 5 year old, a 10 year old and a 15 year old would have the same chores?

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