Daily Prompt: Back on the Chain Gang

Charming Your Chores: Scrub That Floor!

Scrub That Floor! by queercatkitten (CC-BY-SA 2.0)

We all have jobs, tasks, and chores that we dislike doing. Tell us all about the least favorite job / task / chore that you get stuck doing routinely. What is it about this duty that you can’t stand?

No household chore in particular is a chore, unless it is done repetitively and too frequently. When chores are done a month or months apart, they can even be–yes, I dare to use the word–fun.

The one exception to the rule: the two-stage cleanse (mopping and vaccuuming) of the hardwood floors. It was, without fail, a weekend requirement. In health or in sickness. Rain or shine or snow. Twice, when Saturday evening parties were thrown (as were sundry bits of food and drink). To quote Bob Parr (aka Mr. Incredible) in The Incredibles, “I feel like the maid. I just cleaned up this mess! Can we keep it clean for 10 minutes?”

Mood-lifting music (the “Gonna Fly Now” Theme from Rocky I helps), cutesification (collecting dust bunnies from under the sofa sounds so much more fun than dusting), or, to borrow a page or two from Calvin and Hobbes, the application of just a bit of imagination (I’m rubbing out little sticky, icky monsters from another planet), can help alleviate the tedium.

As for workplace tasks: at my personal request, I never got tasked with the administrative portion of it (collecting on promised funding, sending invoices, etc.) but having to rework the same ad/marketing campaign (for the fifth or sixth time) is singularly aggravating, particularly if there is no new news to report — just the same old message to bang resellers over the head with. There is something to be said for keeping the message fresh and dynamic–whether you use new visuals, or a new tagline–because the same old, same old, gets boring fast.

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