Growing up, we were taught to clean--not cook. It might also have something to do with the fact that we just weren't interested in cooking. You wouldn't find us offering to help out in the kitchen but we were always willing to help fold the laundry or sweep the floor. And because my mom was a stickler for a chore done right, we became very good at detailed work (and the satisfaction that came from doing that). Gregory's post yesterday reminds us of how we like to get into the zone when we have spare time on our hands (which got us thinking about what chores we don't mind doing). Therapeutic work is how we like to describe it. We know there have to be a few folks like us out there, so Apartment Therapy readers--weigh in with your favorite chores in the comments!
We get as much satisfaction from doing the chores as the result that comes from their effort. Our obsession with cleaning our apartment and then sitting back and surveying our newly spotless space is one of our favorite ways to spend an afternoon (with wine and music of course). The chores that rank high on our list are organizing drawers and cabinets, doing the dishes, making the bed and mopping (not to be confused with sweeping). Just yesterday, we started fantasizing about organizing the boyfriend's DVD collection (with a corresponding notebook to highlight movie genre and a brief synopsis). We quickly put it on our "some day to-do list" but secretly wish we had the time to commit now. We've also been known to tell a roommate or two that we actually like to do the dishes (it gives a chance to mull over the day) and the opportunity to compromise on chores we hate doing. And lately we've started multitasking with our blue tooth headset on while cleaning house--we've never felt so accomplished.
Apartment Therapy readers, what are your favorite chores and why?
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