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You sometimes see a woman who would have made a Joan of Arc in another century and climate, threshing herself to pieces over all the mean worry of housekeeping. ~Rudyard Kipling


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


Nature abhors a vacuum. And so do I. ~Anne Gibbons


Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing. ~Phyllis Diller, Phyllis Diller's Housekeeping Hints, 1966


Housework is something you do that nobody notices until you don't do it. ~Author Unknown


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


Don't cook. Don't clean. No man will ever make love to a woman because she waxed the linoleum – "My God, the floor's immaculate. Lie down, you hot bitch." ~Joan Rivers


The Rose Bowl is the only bowl I've ever seen that I didn't have to clean. ~Erma Bombeck


I think housework is the reason most women go to the office. ~Heloise Cruse


I'm not going to vacuum until Sears makes one you can ride on. ~Roseanne Barr


The trouble with living alone is that it's always your turn to do the dishes. ~Author Unknown


There was no need to do any housework at all. After the first four years the dirt doesn't get any worse. ~Quentin Crisp, The Naked Civil Servant, 1968


[H]ousework, if it is done right, can kill you. ~John Skow, about the message of Erma Bombeck's early columns in the 1960s, "Erma in Bomburbia," Time, 1984 July 2nd


I am thankful for a lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning and gutters that need fixing because it means I have a home.... I am thankful for the piles of laundry and ironing because it means my loved ones are nearby. ~Nancie J. Carmody


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


This is a honeydew day. That is when you get a day off and the wife says, "Honey, do this," and "Honey, do that" around the house. ~Jim Lemon


The best time for planning a book is while you're doing the dishes. ~Agatha Christie


Law of the Workshop: Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner. ~Author Unknown


The obvious and fair solution to the housework problem is to let men do the housework for, say, the next six thousand years, to even things up. The trouble is that men, over the years, have developed an inflated notion of the importance of everything they do, so that before long they would turn housework into just as much of a charade as business is now. They would hire secretaries and buy computers and fly off to housework conferences in Bermuda, but they'd never clean anything. ~Dave Barry


I always thought a yard was three feet, then I started mowing the lawn. ~C.E. Cowman


There's nothing to match curling up with a good book when there's a repair job to be done around the house. ~Joe Ryan


The fellow that owns his own home is always just coming out of a hardware store. ~Kin Hubbard


My theory on housework is, if the item doesn't multiply, smell, catch fire, or block the refrigerator door, let it be. No one else cares. Why should you? ~Erma Bombeck


You don't get anything clean without getting something else dirty. ~Cecil Baxter


A clean house is the sign of a boring person. ~Author Unknown


We labor to make a house a home, then every time we're expecting visitors, we rush to turn it back into a house. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


I enjoy mowing the lawn, it relaxes me. It gets me outdoors, it's good exercise, the freshly cut grass smells great, and the engine is loud enough that I'm sure no one else can hear my thoughts — or intrude upon them. ~Astrid Alauda


Old houses mended,
Cost little less than new before they're ended.
~Colley Cibber


Cleanliness is next to impossible. ~Author Unknown


The meal's complete when the kitchen's neat. ~Author Unknown


They're sure housework won't kill you, but why take the risk? Author Unknown


When it comes to housework the one thing no book of household management can ever tell you is how to begin. Or maybe I mean why. ~Katharine Whitehorn, "Nought for Homework," Roundabout, 1962


My idea of superwoman is someone who scrubs her own floors. ~Bette Midler


Vacuums don't clean houses. People clean houses. ~Everybody Loves Raymond, "Humm Vac," written by Lew Schneider, original airdate 19 March 2001, spoken by the character Marie Barone


This mess is a place! ~Author Unknown


Always keep your home presentable, assuming you keep a home for purposes of presentation. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


I like hugs and I like kisses,
But what I really love is help with the dishes!
~Author Unknown


Three-fourths of the Earth's surface is water, and one-fourth is land. It is quite clear that the good Lord intended us to spend triple the amount of time fishing as taking care of the lawn. ~Chuck Clark


A man builds a fine house; and now he has a master, and a task for life: he is to furnish, watch, show it, and keep it in repair, the rest of his days. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


Please don't feed the dust bunnies. ~Author Unknown


It's all in the attitude — housework is exercise. Slim your way to a clean home, clean your way to a slim body! ~Terri Guillemets


Law of Window Cleaning: It's on the other side. ~Author Unknown


If the shelves are dusty and the pots don't shine,
it's because I have better things to do with my time.
~Author Unknown


The washing of dishes does seem to me the most absurd and unsatisfactory business that I ever undertook. If, when once washed, they would remain clean for ever and ever (which they ought in all reason to do, considering how much trouble it is), there would be less occasion to grumble; but no sooner is it done, than it requires to be done again. On the whole, I have come to the resolution not to use more than one dish at each meal. ~Nathaniel Hawthorne


A man who wants time to read and write must let the grass grow long. ~Sloan Wilson


One only needs two tools in life: WD-40 to make things go, and duct tape to make them stop. ~G.M. Weilacher


Dull women have immaculate homes. ~Author Unknown


There is no daily chore so trivial that it cannot be made important by skipping it two days running. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Dust is just a country accent. ~Author Unknown


The only really good place to buy lumber is at a store where the lumber has already been cut and attached together in the form of furniture, finished and put inside boxes. ~Dave Barry


I got the blues thinking of the future, so I left off and made some marmalade. It's amazing how it cheers one up to shred oranges and scrub the floor. ~D.H. Lawrence


Thank God for dirty dishes,
they have a tale to tell;
while others may go hungry,
we're eating very well.
~Author Unknown


A new broom sweeps clean, but the old broom knows the corners. ~Irish Saying


A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken. ~James Dent


This house is protected by killer dust bunnies. ~Author Unknown


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. ~Simone de Beauvoir


Love is the thing that enables a woman to sing while she mops up the floor after her husband has walked across it in his barn boots. ~Hoosier Farmer


I am never five minutes into stripping the clutter from my life before I start running into the clutter that is my life. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


There may be dust in my house but there isn't any on me. ~Author Unknown


God made rainy days so gardeners could get the housework done. ~Author Unknown



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