quote by Erma Bombeck

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

— Erma Bombeck

Astonishing Household Chores quotations

I'm not going to vacuum 'til Sears makes one you can ride on.

It is the woman - nearly always - in spite of all the advances of modern feminism, who still takes responsibility for the bulk of the chores, as well as doing her paid job. This is true even in households where men try to be unselfish and to do their share.

Few tasks are more like the torture of Sisyphus than housework, with its endless repetition: the clean becomes soiled, the soiled is made clean, over and over, day after day.

My idea of housework is to sweep the room with a glance.


I'm eighteen years behind in my ironing. There's no use doing it now, it doesn't fit anybody I know.

Have you ever taken anything out of the clothes basket because it had become, relatively, the cleaner thing?

At the worst, a house unkept cannot be so distressing as a life unlived.

I would rather lie on a sofa than sweep beneath it.

If your house is really a mess and a stranger comes to the door greet him with, 'Who could have done this? We have no enemies!'


They shared the chores of living as some couples do-she did most of the work and he appreciated it.

Have a place for everything and keep the thing somewhere else.

This is not advice, it is merely custom.

No one likes doing chores. In happiness surveys, housework is ranked down there with commuting as activities that people enjoy the least. Maybe that's why figuring out who does which chores usually prompts, at best, tense discussion in a household and, at worst, outright fighting.

Islam exhorts men to respect and honor women.

The status of the wife is so respected in Islam that it is not obligatory for her to do household chores. She may do them of her own accord. But if her husband forces her to do household work, he will have to account for his conduct in the hereafter.

Women spend 30 percent more time doing household chores.

No surprise. But women also spend more time volunteering in their community. And if you add up all of the hours of non-leisure time, women are working more than men. So I thought that was very interesting, and I was surprised about the voluntarism piece, but when you think about it, it makes sense.


We also ought to recognize that unpaid labor falls predominantly to women.

The other thing I would do in countries like the U.S. is to show more men, even in TV ads, doing household work. Only two percent of ads show men doing chores, and yet we know they actually do several hours of it in real life. Those images affect young boys and girls.

I was surprised to learn that doing household chores qualifies as romantic for most of you [women]. That's exactly why you should never hire a butler if you strike it rich - the minute that Jeeves starts unloading the dishwasher without being asked, your wife is going to start humping his leg.

Feminists of my mother's generation argued that both mom and dad should work a little less and each do some of the household chores. My parents, for example, split everything 50/50. Even though my father is a terrible cook, he still made dinner exactly half the time.

Many husbands today pitch in to help with household chores - it's called partnership.

I happen to like household chores and resent them only when performing them makes it difficult for me to fulfill my professional duties.


There is no daily chore so trivial that it cannot be made important by skipping it two days running.

It is harder for women, perhaps to be 'one-pointed,' much harder for them to clear space around whatever it is they want to do beyond household chores and family life. Their lives are fragmented... the cry not so much for a 'a room of one's own' as time of one's own. Conflict become acute, whatever it may be about, when there is no margin left on any day in which to try at least to resolve it.

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