Helping around the house (or not)

When it comes to housework, I’m not exactly great at it. I mean, sure I do the dishes sometimes and pick up the things that are on the floor but that’s about it.

Truth is, I don’t find household chores all that easy to do, once you take away the ones I’ve just mentioned. I’d struggle to vacuum up unless I was using a hand-held mini vac, and laundry isn’t a walk in the park either.

A lot of the time (well most of the time in truth) I feel bad that I don’t do more around the house to help my mum. I try my best but there’s always work left over that she has to do. If I clean the living room she’s still left t plump the sofa cushions, and in the bathroom I can take care of the toilet and sink but the shower is pretty much a no-go.

Instead, I help out in different ways like entertaining/keeping an eye on/irritating my little sister after school and in the holidays while I’m not working, and making her the odd cup of coffee (which she then has to come and get because I can’t carry it unless I make it in a thermal mug). While she says she doesn’t mind, and that she can do it faster than me (I have no doubt that both of these statements are true) I’d love nothing more than to have dinner on the table for her when she gets home from work, but I don’t think beans on toast would cut it somehow.

3 thoughts on “Helping around the house (or not)

  1. For me, housework is easier than cooking. I think it’s the moving around that makes it easier. Still, there are some days I don’t do either.
    We have a chore system at our house where my daughter gets paid a small amount for each chore she does (outside of taking care of her own things). The reason I mention it is that even though she can;t do evrything, and she doesn’t do it as thoroughly as I would, what she does do is such a BIG help. It makes a big difference in the cleanliness of our house, and I’m not so overwhelmed by what’s left over. Because some days, I just can’t get off the couch.
    So I’m thinking your mom probably feels the same way. I’m sure doing what you can is a BIG relief to her, knowing she only has to wash the bathtub, instead of the whole bathroom.
    Keep it up, and don’t feel bad! As long as you’re doing what you can to help, there is no reason to feel guilty.


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