5 After 5, Favorite Household Tasks Edition

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It's time for another round of 5 After 5!  In case you missed it, last week's list was 5 favorite breakfasts and if you're new to this series, you can read more about it here.

Today I've got my list of 5 to share, as well as next week's topic for you to stew about over the upcoming days.

And if you've posted your own 5 After 5 list on your blog, I've turned this series into a link party - so be sure to get your own 5 things added below (or leave your answers in today's comments if you're not a blogger).  I loved reading everyone's comments from last week and I really can't wait to see what you share today!

List 5 of your favorite household tasks

Inspired by a recent post over at Guilty Chocoholic Mama, I started thinking of the five things I love doing the most as a wife and mom...which of course led to the topic of next week's list, as well...

1.  Boo-Boo Kisser

Not that I enjoy the idea of Gv getting hurt, but since thankfully we've had nothing to deal with but a few bumps, bruises, and scrapes, this whole scenario ends up entailing lots of hugs, kisses, cuddles, and "I'm so sorry you inherited all these klutzy genes from me."

2.  Vacuuming

...Only problem is, we don't have any carpet in this house, so I miss out on the one cleaning job I actually enjoy.

No more tracks in the pile announcing to everyone who enters that despite all other appearances to the contrary, this house has been recently cleaned.

No more watching the little red light turn to green, so that I know every last little bit of crud dust has been sucked up into the vortex.

Sometimes I get the vacuum out, just to avoid sweeping, but I usually end up having to sweep anyway, so there the vacuum sits...in the garage...waiting for someday, when carpet returns.

3.  Sustenance-Creator

This mainly involves cooking and baking, but I also enjoy creating pantry staples (like baking powder, Greek yogurt, mustard, tortillas, and cheese, to name just a few) and other forms of kitchen-puttering.

4.  Laundry

I love laundry for the same reason I get all giddy coming home from the grocery store:  putting things away.

Yep, I'm one of those weirdos who actually enjoys putting laundry away.  And the groceries.  And basically putting away and organizing anything else around here.

But laundry, oh, that's even better, because you get to put away things that were cleaned for you by a magic machine that's basically the bread machine of clothing:  you dump everything in, push start, and voilĂ , out comes clean clothes - ready to hang on the line or shove into the dryer for even more clothes magic! 

5.  Making the bed

This task takes mere seconds to do, yet the payoff is huge.  

What other chore can you do right after you exit the bed in the morning that allows you to check something right off the old to-do list before you even have time to enter the bathroom (I know, too much information, but just try to tell me that's not the first place you head to after you get out of bed!) 

I absolutely love our bright and cheery bedding, so making the bed puts a huge smile on my face and gets the day off to a great start.

For next week:

List 5 of your least favorite household tasks

I've listed what I love, next it's time for those things I constantly put off...or, let's face it, just don't do.

Will I shock you with my dirt-encrusted drapes?  (Nope, because I can't stand curtains.)  

You'll have to wait and see what things I avoid like the plague...

What's your list?  I'd love to hear!  Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.

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