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12 Quotes That Will Inspire You To Ignore Your Stupid Housework

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When I was growing up, my mother worked about 70 hours a week waitressing. She would return at ungodly hours in the night, and enter our home through the garage, into the kitchen. Because I knew a messy kitchen stressed her out, I would always be sure that the kitchen was clean before I went to bed. It’s amazing what behaviors stay with you – to this day I can’t fall asleep with a dish in the sink.

Today is National No Housework Day. I don’t know who thought this up, but I think it’s pretty telling that we need a day to remind us all it’s okay to look the other way at a messy house. Sometimes I find myself frantically cleaning in the morning before my kids get up, just to look up an hour after they’ve been awake to see a disaster area. I’ll borrow a sentiment I saw on an Internet meme once that said cleaning a house with small children is like brushing your teeth while eating Oreos. Yup.

In honor of this housework amnesty day, I rounded up some amazing quotes about keeping a clean house, by some pretty smart women. Hopefully they will give you the motivation you need to give yourself a break and look the other way occasionally.














  1. Emil

    April 7, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    I love these even though I definitely don’t need any inspiration to skip housework. I never understood the need to have everything clean before going to bed. I really wish I had that urge but for the life of me I can’t cultivate it.

  2. keelhaulrose

    April 7, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    I’ve become a much better housekeeper since we started having in-home therapists visits. I’m paranoid they’d report me for something if my house isn’t spotless.

    • Kay_Sue

      April 8, 2014 at 8:22 am

      That’s what really got me into it too. Our youngest had language delays, so we spent a year doing twice a week visits. It was a hard habit to break, apparently, as I am still at it.

    • keelhaulrose

      April 8, 2014 at 8:43 am

      I’m just trying to keep it under ‘hoarder’ status, the kitchen is perfect because no one likes a gross kitchen, and make sure the rooms are picked up and vaccumed/dusted.
      We have three households crammed into one house (my parents, my family which had our own house for a while, and my brother who had been living on his own for a while). We have a LOT of stuff so our counters have paperwork all over the place, the kids have toys everywhere, it’s a pain to clean because it requires everyone going through their stuff themselves. And while we have a play area in the basement I won’t take the therapists down there because the rest of it looks like a storage unit, and while the kids can’t get into that part we haven’t put up walls yet so you can see all the junk.

    • Kay_Sue

      April 8, 2014 at 9:07 am

      Yeah, I was working at the time, and my husband was in school four days a week and working the other three. It was not tidy, but it was clean, lol!

      Something similar happened to my mom’s house for a while. Her mom moved in, then I had my oldest son and lived at home for a while, then there was my folks and my younger sisters…she’s just now starting to recover. You don’t really realize how much STUFF individuals accrue until you have to try to force it all into the same space.

    • Jessica

      April 8, 2014 at 1:03 pm

      I’m horrible at housekeeping, so I signed up to host a small group once a week so that I have motivation to get it done regularly. My husband & I team up & it gets done so quickly it’s amazing. Most of the week it’s pretty messy, but it’s been getting easier each time since it’s only surface clutter.

  3. Kay_Sue

    April 7, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    I have to be honest, these didn’t really inspire not to do housework so much as I now kind of want to kick some people in the shins. It’s one thing to not want to do housework yourself–but I bristle anytime someone implies that keeping a tidy house (something I enjoy doing) means that I have a “life unlived” or that I am stuck on a “treadmill from futility to oblivion” or the nasty counterpart to those sentiment that moms seem to post all the time that says, in a nutshell, “good moms have messy houses and happy kids.” Honestly, I spend less time stressing over it now that I do it regularly on a rotation than I did before, when I would let it pile up and then jump into a cleaning frenzy because we were having company or I just couldn’t stand it anymore.

    On the flip side, I didn’t celebrate National No Housework Day today, but I’m kind of thinking of doing it on Friday and binging on Netflix. The only question is which show I’m going to indulge in and what kind of chocolate I am chowing down on. 😉

    • Paul White

      April 7, 2014 at 10:24 pm

      yeah. I mean, I don’t expect my house to be spic and span with a 17 month old, not by any stretch. But I don’t like the dishes piling up or the laundry being all over or the floor feeling gritty to walk on either you know? It’s not like you have to look like the house isn’t lived in OR have it be trashed; middle grounds are good!

    • Kay_Sue

      April 8, 2014 at 8:11 am

      Exactly. I’m not unrealistic in my expectations of myself and my family, but I’m not willing to be like, ‘Eh, eff it all’ either.

    • whiteroses

      April 8, 2014 at 9:01 pm

      I agree. I at least like walking into my house without feeling like I’m going to need a flea dip.

    • girlindisguise

      April 8, 2014 at 5:44 pm

      This was my biggest problem–letting it all pile up until I had a mini freak-out and ignored my child while I went on a cleaning spree. One of my goals for this year was to keep a schedule for all sorts of things, including cleaning. Not that I want to be one of those over-the-top, everything to the minute kind of moms but if I don’t keep on top of my house work, it goes to hell pretty fast.

    • Kay_Sue

      April 8, 2014 at 8:31 pm

      It’s seriously helped me manage it. I don’t worry about keeping it perfect, because it’s never going to happen. But I keep a daily, weekly, monthly and quarterly Excel workbook of chores. It sounds weird, but if I don’t, I have a tendency to cram everything in at once and drive myself nuts. Plus I’m a list maker extraordinaire.

      Between that and getting the kids to pitch in and pick up after themselves, we are in a very manageable place right now, which pleases me. 😉

    • whiteroses

      April 8, 2014 at 9:02 pm

      You too? I am a huge fan of crossing things off my to-do list. So much so that last year for Christmas my husband got me two packs of lined, list-sized paper, and my cousin thought I was nuts for absolutely loving it.

    • Kay_Sue

      April 8, 2014 at 9:03 pm

      Yes!!!! List making supplies are always appreciated.

  4. Paul White

    April 7, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    OK. I don’t get the housework hate. Sure it isn’t fun but if you ignore it totally stuff gets nasty; have you SEEN a bathroom at a college aged male’s apartment?

    • Robotic Socks

      April 7, 2014 at 7:25 pm

      Hey! I kept mine clean!

      Occasional crusty socks should be ignored

    • Valerie

      April 7, 2014 at 8:39 pm

      My bros apartment in his post college years was utterly repulsive. I wouldn’t even let my kids sit on his toilet- I would hold them above it. Boys are gross.

    • Paul White

      April 7, 2014 at 9:44 pm

      I remember finding an old, old old photo album of my folks. It had a picture of my dad’s college apartment he shared with 2 or 3 other guys.

      It made it a LOT harder to take it seriously when he said my room was a pigsty.

    • Erin Murphy

      April 7, 2014 at 10:39 pm

      When I was in the Navy I begged (in jest) to be moved to the male quarters because they were so much cleaner than my filthy roommates. Women in numbers all seem to think the mess belongs to someone else and they get nasty if told otherwise. I love it that you can tell a dude “this is nasty, clean it” and they DO it!

    • Kay_Sue

      April 8, 2014 at 8:20 am

      Just a random observation, but I’ve always found male public restrooms to typically be much cleaner than female ones. When I worked retail, my staff would argue over who had to clean the female ones…they were always awful. I think it’s that same “no accountability” thing they have in numbers.

  5. Rachel Sea

    April 7, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    I like to make a distinction between cleaning and tidying. My wife is not even remotely tidy, so the house looks like a disaster much of the time, even though it is clean. I don’t do much to fight the untidyness, but I’m particular about cleaning – you kind of have to be when you share a house with 11 4-legged animals.

  6. pixie

    April 7, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    DAMMIT! I actually cleaned my apartment today (which is why I haven’t been very active on here today). I also got my workout by moving around all my furniture.

    • Kay_Sue

      April 8, 2014 at 8:22 am

      I’d already cleaned by the time I saw the first post…we are lost causes, I guess.

    • pixie

      April 8, 2014 at 8:41 am

      Definitely, but hey! I have a lot more room in my apartment now!

  7. FormerlyKnownAsWendy

    April 7, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    I love these quotes, and awesome women! Yay for bringing back Erma Bombeck!

  8. Melastik Bintang

    April 7, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    Nice QUote! Thanks for sharing..!!

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