Showing posts with label chores. Show all posts
Showing posts with label chores. Show all posts

Housewife's Day- 3 November

If you are a stay home mother or a full time housewife you probably feel that you are not as appreciated as you deserve for your efforts and your hard work at home. You probably will be happy to hear that there is a day devoted to the housewife that will make you feel different. November 3 is a day of appreciation for housewives around the world, the day the housekeeper is honored for caring for the house, which is not self-evident.
The politically correct expression for both a housewife and a househusband is now "homemaker".

The source of this day is not clear, but the suspicion is that it was created by a real housewife, someone who felt exhausted and unappreciated, someone who felt that the environment scorned the work of the housewife. Soon her idea stirred up enthusiasm and in various countries (especially in the US) began to mark him as housewife gifts like a spa day, a pampering dinner or anything that would do her good and make her feel how important she is.
Retro pictures from the life of the housewife by Anne Taintor who designs products line such as magnets, mugs, socks and more about the lives of women housewives with humor:
Anne Taintor funny card (link)

Some funny quotes about cleaning the house:

There is no need to clean the house at all. After the first four years Dust will not be in worse shape (Quentin Crisp, English writer, 1908-1999)

I think that housework is the reason why a woman should go to work in an office (Heloise Cruse).

My husband and I decided on a fair division of labor in cleaning the house: None of us do it (Dottie Archibald)

Some of the tasks are more like the torture of Sisyphus than housework, with their endless repetition: the clean becomes dirty, the dirty becomes clean, and so on, day after day (Simone de Beauvoir, French and feminist writer, 1908-1986)

Housework is something you do that nobody notices until you don’t do it (Author Unknown).

Thank God for every dirty dish we have in the sink, because it means we're lucky to have something to eat

I believe that every day we have to live as if this is the last day of our lives. That's why you will not find clean laundry. Because who spends the last day of his life in the laundry? (Author Unknown)

The one waiting for the knight on her white horse- it's important to remember that she's the one to clean after the horse

Law of cleaning windows: the dirt is always on the other side.

Our house is clean enough to be healthy, and dirty enough to be happy. (Author Unknown)

My second favorite household chore is ironing. My first being hitting my head on the top bunk bed until I faint. (Erma Bombeck)

My husband asked me to whisper dirty things in his ear. So I whispered: kitchen, bathroom, living room
November 3 is also Sandwich Day and Jellyfish Day

Checklist Day- October 30th

If you live in the modern world, you probably know the checklist, the list of tasks that needs to be done. Next to each chore There is an empty square where you mark ✔ after the task is done.

On 30 October they mark the day of CheckList, a day to remind everyone of the existence of this useful list and encourage them to use it.

The reason for choosing this day is tragic. On this date in 1935, the Boeing 299 (early version of B-17) American military crashed at takeoff due to a control system malfunction that could have been detected earlier if only had been checked.

Since then pilots have tried to find out how to prevent such accidents in the future and decided to use the list of tasks that must be performed before the takeoff. This list was called Check List, and has since been used by many people, not just pilots.  

How do you celebrate Check List? As you can guess, you have to make a list of things you need to do to celebrate this day, and make a ✔ on everything.

Happy check day!

    Doormat Entrance Floor Mat Checklist (link)

No Housework Day- April 7

No Housework Day is meant to give us a break from housework that never ends. This day is a national day in the USA founded by Thomas and Ruth Roy, the owners of the wellcat website, on April 7 every year. Americans love this day very much, so why not adopt it all over the world? Let's leave the laundry quietly, let the dishes rest in the sink and throw the to-do list in the trash. Keeping a house clean is a Sisyphean job. Once the washing and cleaning is done, everything has to be done again and again and again. This is why we choose a day of the year where we will leave the chores and leave everything for tomorrow.

The history of housework

Surveys conducted in recent years have shown that although the gap is significantly narrowing, women still do the housework 40% more than men. Even today housework is perceived as a mostly female role.

The history of housework and its perception as a female role began when humans moved to permanent settlement in the Neolithic period about 10,000 years ago. This is the beginning of the agricultural period when people began to accumulate property, domesticate animals and grow food on their own. During this period a lot of working hands were needed and on the other hand the birth rate went up and it was necessary for someone to take care of the surviving children and raise them.

From the time of ancient Greece until the 19th century women milked cows on a farm or woven fabrics. Most of the buildings in Greece had a secret center where there was a fireplace controlled by Hestia, the the goddess of the house, the family and the fireplace in Greek mythology, which symbolized that the center of the house is the natural place of the woman.

During the Industrial Revolution that began in the mid-18th century, men began to leave home for paid work and left women at home to do the housework. The perception was that the house was a pure, peaceful and safe place, in contrast to the unclean, unsympathetic and unsafe world of work.

The notion that women could also leave home and integrate into the world of work began in the First World War. Men were drafted into the war and the industrialists called on women to come and fill their place with higher wages than the household wage. By World War II, women of all classes were required to fill the place of men in various industries. When World War ended and millions of men were released into the civilian market, governments tried to push women back into their households. Began to spread the myth of the "happy housewife" and claim that a working woman neglects her children or that she is someone whose husband cannot support her. In the 1960s and 1970s, a wave of feminism began to fight for the return of women to the labor market. By the 1990s, the "new man" had been born, who shared his parental responsibility with his partner and shared in household chores. A man who does not participate in chores is already considered an old-fashioned and chauvinistic person.

Innovation in home appliance technology has increased the efficiency with which work is done, but has also resulted in higher standards of cleanliness. Electric or gas-powered appliances are a unique American innovation that began to emerge a century ago. During this time the washing machine, refrigerator, kettle, iron and sewing machine were invented as families looked for ways to create more free time in their lives. But even though the machines save us a lot of time, the chores still require us to invest time and effort.

What are the benefits of a day without housework?

We work so hard during the day, and when the work day outside ends, we just want to get home, sit on the couch, put our feet on the table and watch our favorite series we fell asleep in the middle of last night. This is exactly the moment we discover the laundry, the dishes in the sink, the dust, the hairs of the dog or cat and the empty fridge screaming at us to leave the dream and come take care of them. So this day is meant to free us from the chores and let us take a break and enjoy what we really love to do - to rest! It is true that it can be done every day, but because it is a special day for it, we are free from feelings of guilt that are created for us when the house is neglected. Another advantage is that housework is boring and it is always fun to take a break from them one day a year, without feeling guilty.

How to celebrate No Housework Day?

Today is the day to enjoy everything you love without spending time on household chores. Watch TV, go out, read a book, spend time on social media, spend time on hobbies and whatever else comes to mind.

no housework day

April 7 is also World Health Day

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