Would you choose THIS or THAT?

Let’s all snuggle into dreamland for a moment shall we?

If given the choice …

And if money were no object ..

Which of these 3 things would you pay someone to do?


Cleaning Text


Cooking Text


Laundry Text



Me?  Oh golly.  I wouldn’t want to lose any of these chores.  I just love doing them all.  They make me feel fulfilled and like my family needs me and I get such a rush of accomplishment after a good floor scrubbing.




Not only are my pants on fire, I’m happy about it because it means I won’t have to wash them.

And your choice is …. ?


  1. Cindy Marlow says:

    Hah! This is an easy one because I actually do it. I found an amazing lady who comes in three times a week and cleans my house. Now granted, she is not Merry Maids and I usually have to feed her lunch (and sometimes breakfast) but she charges me next to nothing and even if she misses a few cobwebs and floor boards, my bathrooms and my kitchen sparkle. The other two items are not considered chores in my world and my pants aren’t on fire, either. I love to cook and I feel if I’m doing laundry I can sit and read or watch TV and still be productive while the washer and dryer are running.

  2. Langela says:

    I have kids who do the laundry and lots of household chores. I love to cook. But the deep cleaning–mopping, dusting, scrubbing–those are up to me and I’d gladly pay someone to do those.

  3. mrsblocko says:

    Cleaning. I actually don’t mind doing laundry. It doesnt require a lot of effort and I can do other things like screw around on the computer. I like cooking 90% of the time! But I hate cleaning 100% of the time. Esp the bathroom. Bleck.

  4. Linda Adams says:

    Definitely CLEANING. I don’t always mind doing it but what a luxury to KNOW I didn’t have to do it at all! Second choice would be cooking! I really don’t mind doing the laundry at all.

  5. Christine says:

    Well I already squirrel away money to pay someone to clean the house – well most of it. She doesn’t do the kids’ rooms. That is their job. I believe it helps create a sense of responsibility. (Really I just cannot afford to pay for the entire house to be cleaned!). And having someone clean the house is undoubtedly money well spent-single, working mom who doesn’t have time for much extra stuff. When I win the lotto I will definitely hire someone to cook! I rue dinner time with my less then deft skills. I’d still bake though. I enjoy baking.

  6. AKing says:

    Cleaning, no question about it! Especially mopping floors, washing windows, and wiping down walls. These are the things that rarely, never, and never ever (respectively) get done at my house! I like cooking and the mr does most of the laundry, so at least there is just one of the three that I have to dread dealing with!

  7. Mary Kay says:

    Cleaning for sure. I love to do laundry and cooking is fun – I great satisfaction listening to my family tell me how much they like dinner. But to clean – yuck – I can find something else to do with my time. Like go to wineries or play corn hole or sit on the back porch and scheme about where to put my chicken coop.

  8. farquist says:

    I dislike cooking too, but you said we had to choose and I’m kind of a “rules” girl. I’d rather have my hands in the oven than in the toilet.

  9. Kerri says:

    4. Visits with mother in law. You’d be surprised what I’d pay for someone to sit in for me! Money? Name your price. Hide a body? Nooooooo problem! After seeing this post though, maybe I’ll lower the crazy and just offer to mop floors for it. Anyone?

  10. jen says:

    all work and no cleaning makes jen a happy girl.

  11. Lisa says:

    L.A.U.N.D.R.Y!!!! It is just my husband and myself. How can two people create soooo much dirty laundry? I swear it multiplies in the clothes bin! AND I absolutely refuse to iron… my secret weapon is a spray bottle of water — hang said wrinkled garment, spray, and wait for wrinkles to disappear! Or spray your man as he is running out the door looking like he slept in his clothes.

  12. Sarah Sargeant says:

    Laundry! Hands down! I hate doing it and would rather buy new underwear than throw a load in.

  13. Jillian says:

    Cleaning for sure!! I don’t mind cooking if someone else cleans up. Nor do I mind laundry. But cleaning the house?!! Usually, I”m not the one making the mess. Uugh

  14. JackieVB says:

    I have to say cooking even though I love to do it when I have time, but for the day to day work grind it would really be nice to come home to a nice home-cooked meal. The thing about cleaning, especially during the hectic work week, is that if I can force myself to get up off the couch and do something – then I actually feel better. And the sound of the washing machine running makes me feel like I’ve already done something so it motivates me to keep moving.

  15. dmarie says:

    CLEANING! I love to cook and don’t mind doing laundry. Laundry means I can put a load in and watch TV until it is done, then to the dryer…and sit a tad more…I’m accomplishing something while being lazy at the same time! Fabulous!

  16. Darlene says:

    COOKING !!!!!!

  17. Julia says:


  18. Linda J Howes says:

    If my house was clean the other chores wouldn’t seem so chore- like. Cleaning it is for sure!

  19. Kim says:

    I would gladly give up having to cook. I enjoy cooking, but I get burned out on the day-to-day fueling of the family. It would be nice to just cook something special when I wanted, but to have someone doing it the rest of the time would be pure heaven!

  20. Lynn says:

    Cleaning!! I always say that cooking is my least favorite Mommy job but at least we ALL participate in that experience at some level. Cleaning however must be done by ME apparently – solo. My sweet man does not have eyes for such needs and the other two are littles and they help. Sort of. Well not really, I just said that to make me feel better. Nope – it’s me, all me and the pay sucks!

  21. Lyn says:

    After my 4th son was born, my mother-in-law, god love her, told my husband that I needed a housekeeper. So for almost 19 years, I’ve had someone come in once a week to clean. It’s the best kind of spoiled I can imagine being! I love to cook, and don’t really mind the laundry.

  22. Erica says:

    Cleaning hands down. I have six kids, three cats, two dogs (one is as big as the kids), and I can’t keep up.

  23. pve says:

    I feel guilty admitting that I do have 2 out of 3. A dear friend advised me if I was working how could I do it all….so I think things run better when I have a little help.
    If you can hire some help, it is totally worth it.

  24. Brenda says:

    Cleaning would be the winner for me…I gave up doing laundry about 4 yrs ago..just stopped. It was a struggle for a little bit but my husband has been doing it since..he buys bamboo clothes pin and can ‘hang out a nice line’. Actually I think he enjoys it.

    • Karen says:

      Brenda – I did the exact same thing! The day the fella moved in I stopped doing laundry. Didn’t mention it, didn’t look at it. He finally needed socks and underwear and started doing it. He ruined a few things, but it was worth it. ~ karen

      • Jan says:

        That worked with all 3 if my kids- all boys. No nagging. No doing it for them. Just “accidentally” bleaching their underwear pink once or twice did the trick. Yep, on purpose. Worth it.

        Besides, no way was I doing their laundry, especially after reaching into one of thei laundry hampers and pulling out a pair of pants and one very unhappy garter snake which promptly bit me.

  25. Barbara says:

    Cooking—-I’d love healthy mmeals all set to go everyday!

  26. Moe says:

    Without a doubt… CLEANING !!!!
    My husband does the laundry and most of the cleaning. I just cook and do bathrooms and floors. Still, I despise the cleaning part. The cooking I can live with… for now. :o)

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  28. Elle says:

    But only somebody really dependable, trustworthy and an excellent cleaner.
    I used to have a cleaner who did not clean behind things (behind doors, behind the small appliances on the kitchen counter etc) and another who broke things and then hid them in all kinds of places around the house.
    I’d much rather do a not-so-perfect job of cleaning my house myself than pay someone else to do a lousy job.

  29. Diana says:

    Hi there,
    I would give my voice for cooking! Coming home from work and thinking about what to cook and than COOK. Bähhhh!

    My son is a stringently vegetarian and that`s not enough! He is picky too!!! I like healthy and fresh food and my fella wants to get meat!

    So if I ever would have enough money… Send me a cook.
    Ähhhm and a personel trainer and a masseur!

  30. Mary says:

    Cleaning for sure. I can toss laundry into the machines, and read, sew, surf, read your blog, do whatever I want at the same time. Same with cooking–a little prep, and back to the good stuff. Cleaning? No fun there.

  31. shauna says:

    Hmmm… I do some cleaning – mostly my office! The fella does the rest and once in a while I hire someone to clean the whole place so it gets done all at once. So cleaning isn’t a problem. Cooking – I don’t cook much so when I do it’s fun. Laundry – the fella again. You see I make the moola, he takes care of the car, house and maintenance like cleaning and laundry. I like the division of labour – and he likes having time to go to the gym. Everybody’s happy! Oh, and he also removes the “gifts” (dead birds or mice or parts thereof) that the cat brings to the doorstep. I feed the cat! : )

  32. Gayla T says:

    Cleaning was such an easy choice. I’m a 67 y/o caring for 3 kids, 4 dogs, 3 cats and a bird and I’m working harder than I did at 37. Main floor washer and dryer has taken the drudgery out of laundry and the older girls would do all the cooking if I let them so all I do is supervise. No one wants to clean, though, so it’s all mine. As I look around it occurs to me that having a layer of Barbie and Only Heart Club doll stuff everywhere really kind of covers up the dirt. They have moved the piano bench over by the sofa table and lined up two stools so they have a doll house strung out across most of the room. A bus and three cars parked under in the parking garage and four horses stabled there. A ballet studio a vet’s office and two kitchens on the dining room table. I’m counting 4 beds, a bathroom and a gazebo on the buffet. Actually, I guess I don’t live in this part of the house but my bedroom is off limits….to kids so the animals nap in there where it’s dark and quiet so no reason to throw them all out until I need to get in bed. Two bathrooms have seven towels hung up to dry as they need three for the pool and then three to dry off when they shower the chlorine out of their hair. I use one for my early morning shower. What was the question again?

  33. Judith says:

    Oh-I-don’t-know-let’s-see-now-CLEANING. Hands down. I love to cook, and haven’t trusted anybody else with the wash since my (now ex-) husband “did me a favor” and shrank a batch of clothes I’d just bought by running them through the dryer.

  34. Vicki says:

    no question. cleaning. i think housework is evil and should be avoided at all times.

  35. Leena says:

    Cleaning. I actually don’t hate cleaning if it’s something special, something that does not happen so often, like cleaning the filter from the hood.
    But weekly cleaning, blah! That I could buy from someone.

  36. gloria says:

    Listen ladies, get yourself some bad knees so you can’t do stairs down to the washer in the basement anymore and a big-hearted hubby who will take over laundry duty. Oh but that still leaves two choices. Don’t like either one, both feel like a prison sentence. Though there are times I really like to cook. So I guess I’ll choose cleaning, because that’s hard with bad knees, too.

  37. Christina says:

    Laundry! And ironing. I abhor ironing and make sure to pull stuff out of the dryer so I don’t have to iron. I don’t mind cooking or cleaning (although I have a service that comes in to clean). I feel like you’re never done with laundry. At least With cooking or cleaning you have a sense of accomplishment, with laundry you can’t see the fruit of your labor….it’s all put away!

    • Lyn says:

      I couldn’t agree more about ironing! Almost everything that needs ironing goes to the dry cleaners. Otherwise it would dissapear into the black worm hole that is the ‘ironing pile”…

      • Brenda says:

        My friends mother even irons underwear…how is that for devotion to family..LOL

        • Teri says:

          That’s just a nutcase there…

        • Jan says:

          Yep. Totally butty.

          My mom was one of those who said “Always wear clean underwear. What if you were in a car accident?” But never urged me to make sure my underwear was ironed as well!

          Besides, that whole car accident thing is silly. Having been in a serious one, I can testify that not a single doctor, nurse or ambulance attendant noticed that I’d been wearing perfectly clean undies. I think the scalp laceration and broken foot diverted their attention.

          But of course my insurance company rep asked “Were you wearing clean underwear at the time of the accident?”

          Just kidding,

  38. Nikki Kelly says:

    Cleaning and laundry fo’ sho’! And if money was no object I could afford to eat out whenever I wanted!

    Nikki Kelly @ the ambitious procrastinator

  39. Oh how wonderful it would be for someone to clean my home! Hands down the winner.

  40. Lemurific says:

    You were scaring me for a moment there. I’ll say cooking. Not because I don’t enjoy it, but it just takes up too much time. I am blessed with a mister that can clean and do laundry, but refuses to cook. So it all falls on me and can sometimes be too much pressure. It doesn’t help that the mister is hongray as soon as we get home for work.

  41. Claudia says:

    Cleaning, of course (esp. bathroom and kitchen floor, meh).
    Cooking is creative, it’s fun!
    (Somehow cleaning & ironing turn out to be the only chores where you can actually admire your work for at least a while – stacks of clean and folded laundry…)

  42. SG says:

    Memories of my mom’s wringer washing machine and space aliens (had to be, they weren’t human) at the laundromat make me grateful to do laundry in my own house. Give me the cleaning service please. I can get dinner delivered but the dust bunnies won’t walk themselves to the door.

  43. Laura says:

    CLEANING. (And washing dishes)

  44. Lynne says:

    Cleaning for sure with ironing a close second.

  45. Debbie says:

    I actually hired a cleaning service that comes in twice a month – best money I have ever spent. It makes me so happy truly happy to come home to a clean house and makes us tidy up in order for them to be able to clean.

    Working full time and kids in sports and out two nights a week with them and traveling for sporting events with them two weekends a month leaves little time. It has changed my life for the better.

    I am grouchy and just miserable when my house is not tidy and clean… feels like one more thing I “have to do”.

    Laundry on the other hand – love doing it – however now that our hydro company is now doing time of use billing – not enjoying it after 11pm to save some money…

    Cooking – love it – menu planning sure helps – when I am not organized and planned the menus it is not fun.

    • Charlotte says:

      Not sure why women feel it is a guilty pleasure to hire a cleaning person/crew. I hired someone cause I know I didn’t sign on to wipe toilets and wash floors after the other people who live with me aka family! Makes sense.

      • Sian says:

        I completely agree. I’ve never felt guilty about having a cleaner, if you can afford it why not? My partner and I work full time, we have no children, I’d much prefer to spend my weekends doing fun stuff…

  46. Keri says:

    cleaning, cleaning, cleaning. especially the bathroom.

  47. Raquel says:

    I don’t like doing laundry, but I’m picky and weird about others touching my underclothes. I LOOOOVEEEE cooking– I find it meditative and relaxing. So cleaning it is. Especially around midterms and finals.

    • Deb says:

      I am in agreement 150% with Raquel. After a long day at work, I LOVE to come home to my kitchen and cook. It helps me relax (well, that and a bottle, er, glass of wine)

    • marne says:

      Exactly! I totally agree, strangers shouldn’t have anything to do with my undies, and I like cooking. The ultimate luxury to me would be to have someone do all my cleaning.

  48. martina says:

    Cleaning, no question! I actually like the other 2. I’m lame.

    • Arianne says:

      You’re not lame – I looooove to cook and would cook a huge 4 course meal for company every night if I could. And I don’t mind laundry in the least. I HATE to clean so guess what? I pay someone to do it. ;)

    • elsje says:

      I’m lame too…
      but cleaning is for the birds and fairies.
      Who should do them.
      Really, those lazy birds and fairies!!!

  49. Alisha says:

    Cleaning. Hands down. In my house laundry is a housecleaning chore. Two birds – one stone.

  50. For me it would be the cooking – I’d love someone to make me healthy meals every day – I just go for whatever is easiest, which isn’t always the most healthy.

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