For several years now I have vacillated between wanting to hire a housekeeper and wanting to have the time to clean the house myself. Okay, I’ve never really wanted to clean it myself, but rather, felt that I ought to want to clean it myself (note the subtle difference).
Perhaps it’s my mother’s fault (let’s face it, moms get blamed for almost everything; sorry Mom).
She kept a perfectly clean house, welcomed us home from school with fresh, wholesome baking, attended all of our field trips and filled the cold cellar with preserves for the winter. And she did it all with a smile on her face. I can only assume that she enjoyed doing these things, as she never complained and I can’t remember a time when her demeanour suggested otherwise. (Note, to be fair to myself, she didn’t work outside the house when I was young).
Whenever I contemplate hiring a housekeeper, a little voice in my head says “your mom raised three children and didn’t need help with the housework, clearly you should be able to manage too”.
Mother guilt strikes again.
And so, I continue to scrub the toilets (far less frequently than they need to be scrubbed), clean the floors (although I vacuum weekly, I’m hard pressed to remember when they were last washed), wash the windows (monthly, at least, more often during ‘dirt clod fight’ season) and dust the baseboards (actually, I haven’t dusted them in weeks, but I have thought about it a number of times).
Given that I write a fitness blog, I’m sure you’re wondering what my musings about housework have to do with fitness.
The reason I don’t clean my house as frequently as I think I should is exactly the same reason you don’t go to Zumba OR run OR lift weights OR swim OR cycle OR hike. You know you ought to, but you don’t like it!
And what we don’t like, we don’t do.
The trick with exercise, as with anything perceived as work, is to find some variation that appeals to you. Something you might (learn to) enjoy doing. Don’t like to run? Try cycling. Or kickboxing. Or rock climbing. Or pole dancing.
Do what you love, love what you do!
While I detest housework, I do love to cook. I thoroughly enjoy experimenting in the kitchen and preparing wholesome meals for my family (that would be my Mom’s fault too :)). Clearly, I should focus my energy on the tasks I enjoy and delegate or hire out the other (Thank you’s to Cathy and Cheryl who have both passed on the names and numbers of potential candidates).
If you can find a form of exercise to love, I’ll hire a housekeeper. Deal?
What type of exercise do you most love to do? Most hate?
Do you have a housekeeper? If not, why not?