I would never describe myself as a “homemaker.” In fact, when I think of the word, the first thing that comes to mind is a 1950s housewife who greets her husband at the door with a kiss and a drink. Since none of you have met me in person, let me put your mind at ease about one thing: I’m the FURTHEST thing from this!
Don’t get me wrong. I clean my house and do what I can to keep it tidy. Is it spotless every day? No way. Do I keep up on my vacuuming, dusting or wiping off the counters? Hate to admit it, but no. But I will also be the first to admit that my house isn’t a pigsty either.
I’ll add one more admission to the pile and confess that I don’t have a good excuse most days for not cleaning except that I’m tired or I’m just plain lazy. I work full-time, I’m a single parent and I have a 5-year-old who has more energy than I’m able to keep up with most days. So, being either tired or lazy are completely believable as I’m the only one in my house who actually cleans. Yes, my son could help. But would you rely on the cleaning of a preschooler or kindergartener? Probably not.
April 7th Is No Housework Day
Now, when I do go around my house cleaning and straightening up, you better believe that as I’m cleaning I’m also grumbling about how I need to be better about keeping it picked up. Then I go back to my usual bad habit and the cycle continues. Kind of maddening, isn’t it?
But imagine my happiness that April 7th is No Housework Day. Not that I need a special day to avoid cleaning the house, obviously.
What this tells me is that this day is an excuse to not clean the house and to live out the “Lazy Song” from Bruno Mars. It’s like a gift from the gods or little seven-pound baby Jesus. Finally, I have one day out of the year when I can justify why I’m not cleaning my house. Sure, I may get laughed at or even scoffed. Oh well.
How am I going to spend the day? Well, I’ll be working. But will I clean the house when I get home from a long day at the office? Nope! I’m going to tuck myself into bed and leave any messes for the next day. After all, that’s tomorrow’s problem.
I don’t think it would take much convincing with the team at Albuquerque Plumbing Heating & Cooling to not clean the house for a day. They may even enjoy the break coupled with the special day. I mean, a day giving permission not to clean? Um, yes!
Don’t feel guilty about taking a day off from your spring cleaning on No Housework Day. Instead, feel liberated! You’ve earned the break from chasing dust bunnies, clearing away fingerprints and mopping those floors. Get in your favorite pair of sweatpants from the early days of the pandemic, turn on Netflix and enjoy the sweetness of doing nothing.