Bloganuary 12, 2023: What chore do you find the most challenging to do?

For the month of January, I’m participating in Bloganuary, a daily blogging challenge.

Today’s Bloganuary prompt:

What chore do you find the most challenging to do?

As a kid, I had a lot of chores to do. As an adult, my therapist validated me, and opined that I indeed had too many chores to do.

Of them all, I enjoyed mowing the grass the most. The smell of fresh-cut grass was wonderful, and I loved the satisfaction of seeing a neatly trimmed lawn. I also didn’t mind vacuuming, dusting, or cleaning the windows. Even being on Poop Patrol wasn’t horrible, despite our suburban home having 4 cats and 6+ dogs. Laundry was fine. Cleaning the bathroom didn’t bother me all that much. Washing dishes was manageable, too. (Today, I even find doing dishes to be a meditative practice.)

Without question, the toughest chore for me back then – and still to this day – is mopping the floor.

The first time the mop plunges into the hot, soapy water is ok. But then the rest of the time, all I notice is how much dirtier the “clean” water gets. And that’s the water I’m supposed to put back on the floor? Will there be streaks? Will the floor feel grimy or sticky? Ugh! Will I need to go back over it with a rinse? Or, even worse, mop twice? Do I really need to move things out of the way? Because if I’m being honest, whatever it is, it’s doing a great job covering the floor and it’s likely not dirty underneath. And all the tiny pieces of dust, pet hair, crumbs, and so on, that somehow managed to avoid capture by the broom and/or vacuum? The mop just wipes them back and forth!

Yup. It’s abundantly clear: I’m not a fan of mopping the floor. That’s the chore I find most challenging to do. But my mom’s coming for a visit next week, so I suppose I need to buck up and just do it. Sigh.


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