OK, so we don’t actually enjoy most of the boring household jobs we have to do on a daily (or perhaps weekly) basis, but some are worse than others. While running a duster round can be instantly rewarding, these mundane tasks drive us mad! See if you agree…

1. Utter rubbish!

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It’s bad enough lugging the rubbish through the house, hoping it won’t split. But then there’s the quandary of what you have to put out! Is today general waste, garden stuff, recycling, food scraps or bottles and other glass? If you put the lot out, half will be left for the foxes to rip open and scatter around the street, earning you dirty looks from your neighbours. Ah, bingo! Let’s see what they put out and copy them!

 

2. Blow it…

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There’s a sense of power being on the other end of a throbbing machine (oo er, missus). But it’s no fun having to shift stuff to vacuum underneath, or trying to get the shag pile (even more oo er) going the same way! Your appliance has several attachments, but you haven’t got a clue what to do with any of them! The most irritating thing is having to lug the cumbersome thing – and all its bits and pieces – upstairs, then trying to shift heavy beds to remove the dust lurking beneath.

 

3. Give us a toilet break!

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Apart from the obvious, having to clean up yours and other people’s nasties, our major problem is limescale! We’ve seen the ads promising a revolutionary new product will remove it… Not true! You’ve spent many an unpleasant hour with heavy-duty chemicals, window open, mask over mouth and industrial rubber gloves up to your elbows scrubbing to remove the yellow tinge. Yet, still, it lingers…

 

4. That really socks!

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Washing machines and tumble dryers do a great job. Our gripe is the ‘great sock mystery’. Where do the missing foot garments go? Something else we hate is bunching the blighters! In our household, there are hundreds with different patterns and logos. We now settle in front of the telly surrounded by mismatched socks and an episode of Midsomer Murders – which, at two hours long, is about the time it’ll take us to put them all into their correct pairings!

 

5. When you’re cleaning windows…

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We think we’d rather have an all-over coat of grime than the smears left after we’ve cleaned the windows. Yes, we used newspaper. And vinegar. We’ve been in and out of the house and up and down the ladder so many times we’re now fit enough to go on Ninja Warriors UK! But, you’ve guessed it – the smears are still there! Anybody got the number of a Vision Technician (that’s window cleaner to you and I)?

 

6. Taking the plunge

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What on earth is all that stuff down the plughole! It’s bunged up, so you turn on the tap, reach for your trusty plunger and, as it frees the blockage, you’re left collecting what looks like a dead rodent…

 

7. Master chef

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We quite like cooking, we’d just enjoy it more if we had someone to prep the veg for us. The most painful job is onion chopping, but all veggies are tricky. Suedes, parsnips, potatoes… I guess we just don’t find peeling appealing! So it’s ready-to-eat packet veggies and jacket spuds for us from now on…

 

Pet hates

This is a speial section dedicated to our friends in the animal kingdom! Pets bring us so much joy, but every single one of our creatures comes with some discomfort, too! Read on to see what we mean…

8. A bit fishy

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Whether it’s a goldfish bowl, a home aquarium or a large outdoor fish pond – we’re fin-icky about cleaning out any of them! But if you don’t do it, the poor fish will be swimming in their own mess. It may be a good way to teach the kids how to care for something, but it’ll be you who’s left up to your elbows…

 

9. Kids’ corner

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As with the fish, you think a little, furry creature, like a hamster, will be a nice thing for the children to look after. But they’ll soon tire of it and you’ll be left cleaning out its cage, replacing the bedding and trying to avoid the creature’s vicious teeth while doing so.

 

10. Litter lout

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Emptying a moggy’s litter is not nice. Getting the little plastic shovel, trying to identify the mounds and hoping they’re solid enough for easy removal… But at least cats can go outside and do their business if you have a cat flap, or you’re there to let them out. Mutts are even more high-maintenance, which is why the next gripe on our list counts as our least-favourite task ever…

 

11. Poop scooping

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Having to walk Rover come rain, gale or snow can be tedious enough, but having to fill your pockets with little bags and clean up their poo is horrid! What’s more, you have to do it out in public and then search desperately for a special bin to deposit the, well, deposit! Talking of dogs, now click on the link to see an adorable dog who can’t help but fall asleep…