Thursday, April 9, 2020

H for Household work - My favourite things to counter COVID-19 stress

(This post is part of the A to Z Challenge. I am writing this month on activities that keep me refreshed during these depressing days. It's Day 8 today.)

Household activities are a good diversion from the regular office-related work. Now that the domestic help is staying at home because of the lockdown, there is plenty of work to do at home. It's not only a good distraction but also some vigorous exercise for my body.

Washing dishes is one of my favourites. That's something that I have been doing even in pre-COVID days. The entire work of getting the utensils absolutely clean makes me feel good.

The other work that I do now is mopping the floor. It needs to be done at least once in two days otherwise the floor tends to get dirty, mainly because of the dust. My niece sweeps and I follow that up with the mop. It's a good exercise as well.

In fact, I sometimes keep the mop aside and clean the floor by squatting down on the toes and stretching. It's much better for the body.

Another activity that has found a place in my daily routine is the visit to the nearby provision store. Earlier too I used to go, but not very often because of lack of time. We then used to order stuff online. But now it's the nearby stores that are our saviours. Amazon, Flipkart, Big Basket etc., who used to entice us with deep discounts, are now non-functional.

26 comments:

  1. There are certainly a lot of household tasks to be done. I should probably go clean instead of spending time on the computer :)

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  2. Brings a smile in my face. Donald Rumsfeld was U.S. Defense Secretary. His wife said in an interview once "no matter what time my husband comes home from the Pentagon, his job is to arrange the dirty dishes in the washing machine. He is very good at that and loves to do"

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    1. I mean in the dishwasher and turn it on.

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  3. Household chores can be a good distractor but sometimes becomes monotonous too. Doing household work by ourselves is a great activity. No wonders in olden days, why our elders used to be so fit without gym.

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    1. Hi Alpana - I agree, household chores can become monotonous. Then probably we need to shift gears and get to office work, I guess! :-)
      Thanks for stopping by.

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  4. It's something to keep you busy, that's for sure.

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  5. I too love to do certain household chores such as operating the washing machine, putting the clothes on the lines on the terrace, washing the car, gardening, cleaning the yard... Well, the list seems to be bigger than I imagined. :)

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    1. Hi Tomichan - Yes, coming to think of it, there are quite a lot of stuff we can do at home. Thanks.

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  6. An incidental but welcome outcome is good exercise!

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  7. A positive outlook to happily embrace what is inevitable and find the best out of it. Loved it! I have started enjoying my household work lately and it adds up to my exercise regime too.

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    1. Hi Jyoti - Yes, it can be enjoyable. It's the way we take it, is it not? Thanks for stopping by.

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  8. Hi Pradeep - yes lots of exercise in housework - glad you help. I hope your domestic helper will be well and looked after in their homeland. All the best - Hilary

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  9. Wow it's good that you love household work . I like mopping but occasionally . That's a different issue that I m doing it daily nowadays

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    1. Hi Monika - An additional reason is that now there is more time on hand. Thanks for stopping by.

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  10. Yes, household chores--kill two birds with one stone--exercise and clean home:)
    I prefer dusting, cooking and gardening.

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  11. I should sweet and mop our kitchen. But I'd rather work in the garden on this cool and sunny day. ~grin~ Take care and stay safe.

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  12. This post resonates exactly what each middle class woman across the country is feeling. Amazingly written post!
    #DiaryOfAnInsaneWriter #BlogchatterA2Z

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  13. Please embed your Twitter handle in your sharing button.

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  14. Hi Mayura - There is an option to share the post on Twitter. For that, my Twitter ID is not required.

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  15. Covid 19 has trained people in many house-chores which were kept earmarked for domestic helps. All are learning to live the life, not spend. Well-penned.

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