I’m not sure why, but I always have liked asking people what their favorite chore was when I was growing up. I did not receive an allowance, because my parents believed since I lived in the house I should do my part by keeping up with household chores. My sister and I did not have a ton of chores, but just basic tasks, such as keeping our rooms/bathroom clean and picking up after ourselves. When we became a little older we started doing things such as vacuuming, laundry, washing/putting away dishes, etc. My absolute least favorite chore is dishes, whether they are my own or someone else’s, I find something gross about it. I still do them, because it needs to be done, but I don’t like it.

So when I asked about someone’s favorite chore, a lot of people would respond with, “Anything but laundry”. I never understood why, because all you do is dump your clothes into the washing machine and walk away until it’s time for them to go in the dryer. I always thought it was the kind of chore that you could leave and go get something else done while you’re waiting. I do have to say though, hanging up clothes is something I’ve always complained about. Growing up, I would leave a stack of clean clothes on my dresser for days because I did not want to hang them up. Mainly because most of my clothes I hang up and I have a minimum amount that go in drawers.

Anytime I have a cleaning spree, which is usually 2 times a week, I always feel better after doing laundry. I have always been a tidy person since I was young, and to this day I cannot sit down and start homework without a clean workspace. It won’t even be clutter around my desk where I am working, but just any clutter in my room overall. It is rare that my room is messy, but occasionally can be a little cluttered if I have a busy week, and then by Friday I clean it all up at once. I try and clean up as I go though throughout the week.

Cleaning is definitely a therapeutic task for me and if I really have time, I do a deep clean where I go through every drawer, container, box, etc. I do this to get my mind off things, especially when I feel like my life is a mess. It gives me a sense of control over something and at times I need that because it brings comfort to be in the known of my life. However, I know the unknown is frightening, but you will never know what your future has in store for you until you step out of your comfort zone.

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