Best and Worst Household Chores

Good afternoon everyone. I have just finished doing a mountain of ironing. This is a task I hate. It got me thinking of the different household tasks I do and which ones I like and dislike.

Top Three Best Chores

Best and Worst Household Chores

1) Hoovering. Or to be correct vacuuming. This wasnt always my favourite task. Before the introduction of bagless cleaners with clear cylinders it was just another task, but there is something oddly satisfying about watching the cylinder filling up with dust and pet fur (you would not believe the amount of hair that comes off one small cat).

Best and Worst Household Chores

2) Washing up. I have a terrible habit of leaving the dishes from our evening meal in the sink till the next day, and therefore am usually greeted with a sight like above most mornings. I like to fill the sink with boiling hot water and tackle the dish mountain, safe in the knowledge that they will stay clean and sparkling all day.

Best and Worst Household Chores

3) Cleaning the bath. I am quite a messy, clumsy person and the bathroom is no different. I drop toothpaste, spill shampoo and create carnage when I try to dye my hair, but I do love the seeing my bathroom sparkling white.

Top Three Worst Tasks

Best and Worst Household Chores

1) No prizes for guessing ironing is at the top. It is hot work, it makes my back ache, and living as I do with a very messy fella (and prior to that two messy boys) the clothes inevitably end up crumpled again before they get worn.

Best and Worst Household Chores

2) Drying up. As much as I love washing up, the follow up task has never appealed to me. As a kid me and my brothers would always argue over who had to do the drying. These days I always let it drain. Acording to my food hygiene training, this is the more hygienic method.

Best and Worst Household Chores

3) Dusting. I can only blame myself for my dislike of this task. I simply have too many things, trinkets and ornaments (of dragons mainly). It takes forever to remove each one, clean the shelves and then the ornaments themselves.

That is my top three best and worst chores. Do you agree with them? If not what are your favourite and worst chores?

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  1. Patrick Weseman

    October 24, 2018 at 7:41 pm

    Folding laundry is the worst for me. I hate it. #mixitup

  2. Rosie Doal

    October 22, 2018 at 9:47 pm

    I don’t really like any household chore but I find it therapeutic at times to scrub the hell out of something. My worst chore is definitely the laundry – especially loading, unloading and the ironing!!! #MixItUp

  3. RaisieBay

    October 22, 2018 at 4:29 pm

    I love dusting! When I was little I’d spend an hour dusting and polishing all my Mum’s ornaments and trinkets and even though I don’t have has many myself I still love grabbing the duster and polish and giving everything a nice sparkle. I can’t vacuum and I never liked washing up. I always liked drying up though. Ironically, now i have a dishwasher, I like filling it but not emptying. I gave up ironing years ago, there isn’t much point. I do, however, like to iron the kids school clothes. One job I really hate is cleaning windows, especially our patio doors.

  4. Parent Bear

    October 22, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    What if you just let the dishes dry overnight? Sure, there’ll be a “drop” stain here and there.. but who cares?!?!

    I really don’t mind doing some dishes with some music. I have vacuuming though. Does my back in…!!!

  5. Karen Dennis

    October 22, 2018 at 10:17 am

    Cleaning the oven is my worse#mixituplinky@_karendennis

    1. hooks_and_dragons

      October 22, 2018 at 3:52 pm

      Oh yes, thats a grotty job

  6. Nicki F

    July 22, 2018 at 1:04 pm

    I really do not like housework at all…

  7. Pickinguptoys

    September 5, 2017 at 9:18 am

    Ha,I have the same best/worse as you!I hate ironing with a passion.As I sit here knowing I have a weeks worth of kids uniforms to get ready 😭 X

    1. hooks_and_dragons

      September 5, 2017 at 9:24 am

      😂😂😂😂😂 I dont miss those days

  8. debsrandomwritings

    November 8, 2015 at 6:57 am

    Hi Tracey, I never used to enjoy ironing, but now I don’t mind it so much. I usually do it whilst listening to the radio or a podcast of something I wanted to listen to. I hate vacuuming, we have dogs and when they are moulting their fur quickly fills the tiny cylinder, so my children are mainly in charge of that chore and as we only have carpets down in the winter it’s not too bad.

    In the summer when the floors are bare I do enjoy sweeping and mopping through (don’t tell the family), I love the clean smell and dirt free floors. Although I don’t do it too often for fear of the novelty wearing off!


    1. The Anxious Dragon

      November 8, 2015 at 3:28 pm

      Oh I have never heard of having seasonal carpetting before, but I can see how that would work very well x

  9. nickykentisbeer

    November 7, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    I like doing housework and hate it in equal measure. I find it very therapeutic as I have a good old think up while I’m doing it. Takes me longer than it should as a result – lots to think about!! Don’t have the time to spend doing it is the downside. Loves : Hoovering, dusting, floor washing, tidying, fluffying. Dislikes : Don’t deal with bins or rubbish. Beds annoy me. The kids bedroom grates. Thanks for hosting #abitofeverything xxx

    1. The Anxious Dragon

      November 7, 2015 at 12:24 pm

      Oh god yeah, childrens bedrooms. That is a nightmare I am glad to have seen the back of xx

  10. Random Musings

    November 3, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    I actually quite like ironing, other than that though, I totally agree with your lists!

    1. The Anxious Dragon

      November 3, 2015 at 12:17 pm

      Ohh, do you fancy doing some more. I will pay…,…..

  11. Kyles

    November 3, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    Your vacuum cleaner is a monster. When I first saw the thumbnail on the linky link thing I thought it was a dalek. That’s gotta make vacuum cleaning much more joyous. I find doing the dishes quite therapeutic but my worst chore at the moment is cleaning up after my baby and toddler have eaten. Somehow there is always more food to clean up than was ever on their plates to begin with.

    1. Kyles

      November 3, 2015 at 12:14 pm

      Oh, and thanks for hosting #abitofeverything

    2. The Anxious Dragon

      November 3, 2015 at 12:15 pm

      Ohh….a dalek hoover……that would be bloody awesome. I like your thinking! xx

  12. The Anxious Dragon

    August 29, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    His employers havnt cottoned on to them yet 😞

  13. Nige Higgins

    August 22, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    We are non ironing house so don’t have a problem with that one great post thanks for linking to the Binkylinky

    1. The Anxious Dragon

      August 22, 2015 at 6:01 pm

      I avoid it as much as humanly possible, but some things are unavoidable (work shirts for the fella)

      1. Sue

        August 29, 2015 at 10:07 pm

        Non iron shirts are the way forward Tracey 😊my son found them! Bit more expensive but brilliant, straight on to hangers to dry 😊

  14. mummyshambles

    August 22, 2015 at 9:29 am

    I HATE ironing!
    And picking up the lurcher’s poo comes a close second. 😉

    1. The Anxious Dragon

      August 22, 2015 at 9:56 am

      Eww, nice!! Im getting another dog soon, so will be re aquainted with that task 😟

  15. Mrs Tubbs

    August 21, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    Your list is very similar to mine and made me chuckle. My worst is cleaning out the gerbil’s cage and hoovering up after them!

    1. The Anxious Dragon

      August 21, 2015 at 10:23 pm

      Oh yes, cleaning the cat litter tray, yuk!!

  16. Sophie @ Mum, M & More

    August 21, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    I love this post. I don’t iron, much to my mums disgust. What I do do (i said do do!) is get my straighteners out to do M’s hems if they are turned up!! Lazy Mummy! I hate hoovering, it makes me sweat!! I like washing up, I can watch netflix whilst doing it! #binkylinky

    1. The Anxious Dragon

      August 21, 2015 at 10:01 pm

      I have mastered the art if tumble ironing. Take it out the dryer at the optimum time when its still hot and fold immediately. No ironing needed!!

  17. Twinmumanddad (@Twinmumanddad)

    August 21, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    I hate doing the dishes, although we do have a dish washer, but I never use it as that just feels like even more effort to me! I don’t mind hoovering though! Thanks for linking up to the #BinkyLinky

    1. The Anxious Dragon

      August 21, 2015 at 5:15 pm

      Ive never owned one, but I know my mum never used hers except for xmas and other occssions where thwre were loads of us eating x

  18. mummyfever

    August 21, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    Ahhhhh dusting – and the cobwebs i can never reach #BinkyLinky

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