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: 08-22-2009
Fri, 02-12-2010 - 6:59pm

"i agree, but why the assumption 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? "

Because it is true. Yes, I am basing it on my experience. Are you saying my experience is false? I considered being able to run errands and to do chores during the week freeing up my weekend to be a huge benefit of SAH (something I greatly missed when I returned to the work force). Just because it is not a benefit to all SAHMs or some SAHMs do not take advantage of the benefit does not mean it is not a benefit.




Edited 2/12/2010 7:01 pm ET by emptynester2009
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Registered: 01-15-2006
Fri, 02-12-2010 - 7:05pm
if i had 8 hours a day, no kids, it wouldn't be cleaning all day..today were v-day parties at school, i chose to not excuse that for "chores".

 

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Registered: 01-15-2006
Fri, 02-12-2010 - 7:07pm
personal experience doesn't make a generalization correct.

 

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Registered: 08-22-2009
Fri, 02-12-2010 - 7:23pm

How can something that benefits someone not be a benefit?

It does not have to be a benefit to absolutely everyone in a category to be a benefit.

The fact that I choose not to use the medical benefit provided through my employee does not mean that it is not a benefit to those that do choose to use it.

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Registered: 01-08-2009
Fri, 02-12-2010 - 7:31pm

It sort of seems logical that if you were home all day, not working, you could do the chores while the kids were away and your husband was working if you wanted to.

I would love one of those houses where the chores only take a few hours on Saturday. I am doing something wrong, because chores around my house take a few hours every day.

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Registered: 01-08-2009
Fri, 02-12-2010 - 7:32pm
How long were these Valentine's parties? When my kids had them, they were like 45 minutes long at most. That doesn't seem like it would take time away from chores, should you choose to do them.
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Registered: 01-15-2006
Fri, 02-12-2010 - 8:38pm

well, no i wasn't at the preschool so yea, i was at the kids' schools more than 45 minutes for v-day parties ( and more but

 

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Registered: 03-27-2000
Fri, 02-12-2010 - 8:57pm

You aren't necessarily doing something wrong, but you also have a way bigger house than I do.

If I spent three hours every day doing chores around the house, my house wouldn't look lived in; it would be spotless and completely organized. But I have no desire to spend three hours every day doing chores.

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Registered: 04-22-2005
Sat, 02-13-2010 - 12:24am
The size of the house would definitely be a big factor in how long it takes to clean. To spend three hours a day on chores at my house, I would have to be scrubbing the baseboards with a toothbrush. Done daily, each room would only take about 5-10 minutes.














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Registered: 01-08-2009
Sat, 02-13-2010 - 12:07pm

I do have hours to choose what I want to do, and staying on top of my chores takes me several hours a day. I usually get up in the morning, put in a load of laundry, transfer another one to the dryer, put away the dishes in the dishwasher from the day before (we run the dishwasher once a day, at night), although sometimes DH empties the dishwasher. Making breakfast for four people takes some time, especially since we do it in two shifts -- DH leaves the house about quarter to six, so he eats around 5:30, and I eat with him, or if I am not ready for a full breakfast, I at least have coffee and a bagel or a piece of fruit while he eats. I usually do a little ironing before I wake up the kids, while they are getting ready. We leave the house about 6:50 to get them to school by about 7:20. I usually come back and fold and put away the laundry from the dryer and then transfer the washed stuff to the dryer and run it until it is about half dry. While that is going on, I walk the dog, sweep the kitchen floor, rinse the breakfast dishes and get them in the dishwasher, take a shower, clean one of the bathrooms (we have five, so each gets cleaned once a week on a weekday), make up my bed, dust and vacuum the den, and go to work to get there by 9:30 or so. I don't know how many actual minutes I have spent in chores by the time I get to work in the morning, but it's well over an hour.

In the evenings, I am usually responsible for dinner. The kids clean up after dinner, but I usually will be finishing up the second load of laundry, throwing another one in, and sometimes doing dusting/vacuuming of another room before bed. And that's just keeping up. If there is an actual chore to be done, such as oh, I don't know, cleaning the refrigerator or the oven, or washing the sliding glass windows, or whatever...it takes some time.

I have a hard time believing in the self-cleaning house and the self-preparing meal, but whatever

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