Being a kid is the best. Remember being a kid? Where you get school breaks, and not just breaks, but more vacation days than a European maternity leave. There is someone to feed you, someone to make appointments for you, someone to drive you around, someone to remind you of upcoming schedules, or due dates, or exams. Mostly someone to pay for things for you. What a freaking time to be alive. Why did we want to grow up so fast again? To be grown and make decisions for ourselves? Funny how now I want other people to make my decisions so I don’t have to. Life is ironic, isn’t it?

You don’t know it at the time, but you are living your best life with zero real responsibilities. There is, of course, studying and that intensity fluctuates by personality. Studying is technically the responsibility of the kid. Or of an overbearing parent. Although, as a millennial, my parents were the opposite of overbearing. It’s my generation that would rather take the test themselves than force their child to go through that stress. Some people I just truly don’t understand or relate to.

While studying can be traumatizing, let’s not forget about the truly person defining responsibilities of being a child: chores. There were some kids who did not have chores. Chore kids hated those kids. Instead of spending Saturday morning cleaning the bathroom for Grandma to visit, the non-chore kids got to watch cartoons. Think about all of the time you spent being told to do your chores … and then having to actually do them. If you were like me and my siblings, you had a whole chore chart that differed each week because we all know that emptying the dishwasher is not equivalent to cleaning the toilet. 

Even as adults I’m sure we all have chores that are preferred. Unless you grew up not doing chores, in which case you’re still getting an allowance and having someone else do them, or you’re trying to make your own path in life and living in a dump. Because you never learned how to turn on a vacuum. Without waiting for the dishes in the drainboard to dry, let’s rank 15 common chores from worst to acceptable! According to me. The Restless Professional. You may feel differently and I guess that’s fine. You do you. I’m doing me. Let’s sweep this under the rug once and for all:

  1. Picking up dog “treats”
  2. Cleaning the toilet
  3. Dusting the baseboards
  4. Cleaning the shower
  5. Washing the dishes
  6. Changing the sheets
  7. Cleaning the windows, or any sort of glass
  8. Dusting
  9. Cooking
  10. Putting away groceries
  11. Laundry
  12. Unloading the dishwasher / drainboard
  13. Wiping down the countertops
  14. Sweeping
  15. Vacuuming

There you have it! Worst to acceptable. I feel like it should come as no surprise that cleaning up after your pet and cleaning a toilet fall on the worst side of this list. That’s just gross. Dusting the baseboards and cleaning the shower are both massive hassles. You have to move stuff. You have to scrub in the grout. Pass. Washing the dishes can be fine if it’s your mess … if it’s other people’s dishes and there’s food on it I’d rather die. 

The middle of the list is just super duper meh. Not mentally challenging, but if I didn’t have to do any of them again I’d be happy. Besides, glass cleaning and dusting never gets it all. There’s either random dust bunnies or streaks. It’s a no win situation. Cooking is not my favorite thing and is hella time consuming. Putting away groceries is great when there’s room in the pantry. Not so much when it’s full. Laundry is laundry, I’m not sure how else to explain that. Putting away dishes leaves room to eat more food so that’s exciting. The countertops basically clean themselves and tidying the floor is quick and easy! Don’t agree? Let me know! 

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