Housework is something you do that nobody notices until you don’t do it. –quotegarden.com
This topic may seem out of place on a site like this. When we think of practice it’s generally in the context of learning some vocational or avocational skill like accounting or playing the piano; or some transformational practice like meditation.
Housework has almost acquired a taint: No liberated woman would choose to be a housewife, and no man would choose to do woman’s work.
So how does it get done? Does it matter?
I have been in living spaces where the foodstuff on the countertop is so thick and hard you couldn’t take it off with a chisel; where old cat poop lay about on the floor; where the floor couldn’t be seen for all the clothing, papers, and trash strewn about; where there are bug infestations; where the smell stops you at the door.
Clearly it matters.
I know our house isn’t clean enough when it starts getting in the way of life: when it’s too cluttered to find things, it smells bad, it looks bad, etc.
On the other hand, there is more to life than a clean house. That is, our house is too clean again, when it starts getting in the way of life: there’s no time for fun, all we do is work and clean the house; or it’s never clean enough to have company over.
Aristotle described virtue as a mean between two extremes. So if the two extremes are those above, then we know clean enough lies somewhere in the middle.
When is your house clean enough?