When I was growing up I remember doing work around our home. My brothers and I would snap the ends off green beans from the garden, feed the rabbits, and mow the yard on the riding mower at warp speed while listening to our favorite cassette tapes on our Walkmans, or is it Walkmen?
I really don’t remember my parents calling this work, “chores.” They just told us to do some things around the house and we did them, not always happily or perfectly, but we did them. I may have mowed over a few garden hoses while rewinding “Three Times A Lady.” Sorry, Dad.
Now that I’m a parent, I am teaching my kids to help out around the house too. I do call these jobs “chores’ for the most part. I really have no idea why except that this seems to be the term used now. At any rate, whether you remember calling it all work or chores, I bet most of my generation didn’t grow up with a fancy Home Chore Chart complete with bunny magnets and dustpan stickers for added incentive. At least I didn’t. That would have been cool. I guess if I had grown up with a chart, one of my incentive stickers would have been a large hand swiftly approaching a backside.
It has occurred to me that I could blame my constant dislike and avoidance of household duties on lack of chore stickers, dry erase charts and all no fun chore allocating adults from my childhood. Logically, I would exclude my K-3rd grade teachers from blame as they rocked the chore chart world at school. Also excluded; snakes.
However, recently, with the help of Clutter Interrupted I have learned that I should design chores and systems of chores to suit my personality in order to accomplish tasks at home and work. To satisfy my right-brained work tendencies, I decided to put this principle into practice by making some of my adult chores more creatively appealing. This new approach might even alleviate my chore-sticker/magnet-thingy deprived childhood baggage.
Sadly, I have outgrown my love for cute stickers except when they say, “50% Off.” I decided to substitute my love of music and movies for the chore stickers and charts to entice me to complete my responsibilities. The result is a list of several tasks which I have made more tolerable simply by giving them a new name. Now I can enjoy happy thoughts of movie scenes and nostalgic lyrics as I complete my list of to do’s at work and around the house. It is my hope that this list may inspire you to overcome the affects of a childhood void of fun, little chore sticky things and come to believe adult chores can be fun.
Chelle’s New List of Chores That Are The Same Old Crappy Chores But With A Cool Song or Movie Title As Their New Names
- Empty the litterbox = The Untouchables
- Meet client with chronic halitosis for coffee = The Mask
- Mop bathroom floors = When Harry Met Sally
- Get driver’s license renewed at DMV = Psycho
- Locate borrowed iPod charger from back of the van = “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”
- Disinfect the toilet = It Came From Within
- Scrub the bathtub = The Lord of the Rings
- Carpool five of Nathan’s friends from basketball practice = The Fog
- File paperwork = “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number”
- Vacuum pet hair = From Here to Eternity
- Schedule mammogram and lip wax appointments = Scream
- Call Jr. High parents to chaperone 4 hour bus ride to Toothpick Museum = “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg”
- Buy cookies at store & put in Tupperware for church picnic = The Illusionist