Friday, June 16, 2006

If it isn't the govt nagging you.....


Not content to bitch about their own lives, some women have to bitch about men's lives as well. You are not doing enough housework. It's official. I read it in the Herald. Which is licence for me to nag you about it all weekend.

Never mind that you went to work for 6 out of 7 days which meant I didn't have to. Never mind that when you are at work you get nagged by your boss and for one day a week you'd like a bit of space. Never mind that I have oodles more free time and choice about what to do with it. Forget it. I want you doing your share of the housework so you can get fit and healthy and stick around for a few more years.

Otherwise, who would I have to nag?

4 comments:

Brian Smaller said...

Lindsay, why didn't I marry you?

I just never brought this 'doing housework is hard work stuff'. I discovered many years ago the reason why many women feel like they spend all day cleaning and looking after the house is because they do - it is because they are unorganised. They do a bit of this, have a coffee, do a bit of that, read a book, have a coffee, do some more, talk on the phone etc etc all day long.

What they should do is use my routine. Go hammer and tongs at the work for a solid hour every morning. In that time I vacuum, make beds that I am responsible for, put washing on and get it hung out, dishes etc etc. Once or twice a week I do the dusting (we have a lot of book shelves). It leaves me with about five hours free before I have to pick the kids up from school.

Doing the washing? Chuck some stuff in a machine and take the practically dry things out at the end of the cycle and hang up) - about five minutes actual work. Not as if you are boiling up a copper or taking the clothes down to the river to bash on rocks.

Dishes? Ditto for the dishwasher. Add ten minutes on to the hour if you don't have one.

Beds - if the kids are old enough get the lazy little shites to make their own.

Then when the kids get back from school it is after school activities, make tea, help them with homework, free timem and bed by 07:30-08:00, which leaves me with another couple of hours of free time before I hit the hay.

'Housepersoning' is a lark. The easiest 'job' I ever did. Some feminists say that women should be paid for housework and we see figures on how much it would cost if you employed someone to do the work.

GIven that the average home takes an hour of work a day to keep up to scratch, they wouldn't get paid much.

Brian Smaller said...

Lindsay, why didn't I marry you?

I just never brought this 'doing housework is hard work stuff'. I discovered many years ago the reason why many women feel like they spend all day cleaning and looking after the house is because they do - it is because they are unorganised. They do a bit of this, have a coffee, do a bit of that, read a book, have a coffee, do some more, talk on the phone etc etc all day long.

What they should do is use my routine. Go hammer and tongs at the work for a solid hour every morning. In that time I vacuum, make beds that I am responsible for, put washing on and get it hung out, dishes etc etc. Once or twice a week I do the dusting (we have a lot of book shelves). It leaves me with about five hours free before I have to pick the kids up from school.

Doing the washing? Chuck some stuff in a machine and take the practically dry things out at the end of the cycle and hang up) - about five minutes actual work. Not as if you are boiling up a copper or taking the clothes down to the river to bash on rocks.

Dishes? Ditto for the dishwasher. Add ten minutes on to the hour if you don't have one.

Beds - if the kids are old enough get the lazy little shites to make their own.

Then when the kids get back from school it is after school activities, make tea, help them with homework, free timem and bed by 07:30-08:00, which leaves me with another couple of hours of free time before I hit the hay.

'Housepersoning' is a lark. The easiest 'job' I ever did. Some feminists say that women should be paid for housework and we see figures on how much it would cost if you employed someone to do the work.

GIven that the average home takes an hour of work a day to keep up to scratch, they wouldn't get paid much.

Brian Smaller said...

I must have hit enter twice. Apologies for the double post.

Oswald Bastable said...

Sounds like my system. It's just not that much work!