Since my role as a real estate agent involves marketing and promotion, I watch more television commercials than most people to get an idea of how companies attempt to appeal to genders, various ages and a plethora of socio-economic groups.
I’ve recently seen a commercial that gives me hope for my future as a homeowner. A young girl named Molly, when confronted with the tedious task of taking out the garbage, develops an automated “garbage-taker-outer” from a rope, a pulley and a bicycle. She goes on to automate bed making, dusting and grass cutting, with her efforts culminating in a career in engineering and robotics.
Having been confronted over the years with more time-consuming, unpleasant household tasks than enjoyable ones, I’ve come to believe that we need more Mollys in our lives.
I decided to test my assumption by crowdsourcing on Facebook to determine which household chores my friends hate the most. Within a minute of my posting the question, responses came pouring in and I found there are plenty of things many of us just hate to do.
Here are the top 6:
6. Collecting dog poop. Yes, that little fur baby gives you unconditional love, but we dog parents know the cycle we deal with every day: when you feed the dog, you must then empty the dog. And when you have a large dog or multiples, as I do, picking up after them becomes a shitty chore (pun intended). I expected this to be higher on the list.
5. Grocery shopping. I hate grocery shopping and, apparently, I’m not the only one. I will eat any weird item that has been lounging in the freezer and even drink lemon Gatorade to avoid going to the store until I run out of dog food, Diet Coke and toilet paper.
4. Raking leaves. The futility of raking leaves came up again and again. As children, we used to love to jump in a freshly raked pile before having to sweep them into a bag but now, a gust of wind sends us into a frenzy if it comes along before the leaves we’ve raked for hours have been bagged, especially if those leaves come from the neighbor’s trees.
3. Cleaning bathrooms. Not surprisingly, cleaning toilets was an unpopular activity, but consider the dirty shower as well.
You wash the shower with Lime Away or a bleach product, reaching in or stepping in to get at all the corners and angles and then you run the water to rinse off the product. The result? You’re dressed and wet.
2. Vacuuming. Nearly everybody hates to vacuum. It’s noisy, it exacerbates allergies, and it makes pet owners crazy chasing fur balls with a machine while their pets chase the machine itself. Lumped in with vacuuming, of course, are sweeping, mopping floors and dusting.
But the clear winner is…
1. Doing laundry. Whether it’s washing and drying it, folding it, ironing it, or putting it where it belongs when done, laundry figures prominently on the household chore hit list.
Many of us can tell you how long we can go without doing laundry by counting our remaining pieces of clean underwear. And admit it, I know there are some of you out there who have bought new undies rather than do another load of laundry, or have gone to work in wrinkled attire rather than iron.
So what do we do about all these chores we love to hate?
Well, we can continue doing these things ourselves or we can hire someone to do them. Or perhaps we can form a chore co-op where we do for others what we enjoy and have others do for us the things we hate to do. Me, I’m looking for someone to design a robotic personal shopping, gardening, pooper-scooping housekeeper. Are you out there, Molly?
Valerie M. Blake is a licensed Associate Broker in D.C., Maryland and Virginia and Director of Education & Mentorship at Real Living| At Home. Call or text her at 202-246-8602, email her at Valerie@DCHomeQuest.com, or follow her on Facebook at TheRealst8ofAffairs.