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Thursday, December 16, 2021

Cranky Old Man's Tips on Household Chores

 Cranky Old Man's Tips on Household Chores

(Ladies, some of this may seem sexist; please do not read this blog!)

As I am now retired, it is increasingly difficult to avoid household chores.  If I have to do these chores, at least I will do them my way.  For all of you other retired cranky old retired men facing the same requirement to do household chores I offer these tried and true tips:

Laundry – Women have been indoctrinated in the belief that you must separate whites from colors when doing the wash.  They learned this at a young age and the indoctrination is so strong that no woman has ever dared to experiment.

The truth is that except for the first two washings, colored items can be mingled with the whites.  The whites will remain white, the colors will not bleed.  I repeat, there is no need to separate the colors when doing a wash load.  Not separating the colors saves time and money.

Men….if your wife is monitoring your laundering, you must separate the colors.  She will never believe the above axiom even if you demonstrate it for her.  She will see bleeding whether it exists or not. 

You must only fail to separate when she is not watching.

In fact, every once in a while I recommend you take a new purple shirt and mix it with an old crappy white tee shirt.

Damn!!  What happened?

“Oh Sweetheart, you poor stupid thing; don’t you know not to mix colors with whites?”

“Oops, I forgot.  Sorry.”

This will make your spouse feel extra important, and maybe get you out of occasional laundry duty.

Dishes – Doing dishes is a relatively easy chore if you remember just a few things. 

1.     You will never be able to load a dishwasher correctly.  You must just load it and run it before the inspector tries to squeeze in an extra knife or dish.

2.    If you do not want to get caught with inadequate dishwasher loading, you must unload as soon as the washer is done.

3.    If you do not know where a dish goes, do not put it away.  It is better to leave it for your wife than to try and remember where you put it two weeks later.

4.    Do not touch the Tupperware.  You could safely put Tupperware in the dishwasher, but there is a prevailing belief among women that this will spoil the seal and ruin the burp.  Do not challenge this belief.

5.    Every once and a while, put a dish in the washer without adequately scraping off the morning’s dried egg yolk.  Put the dish away even though the egg did not come off in the wash.  This will keep the illusion that you are helpless without the inspector wife.  She will appreciate this in the long run.

Vacuuming – This one is a bit tougher.  Women demand that a freshly vacuumed carpet have vacuum lines.  I don’t know why, just accept it.  It is perfectly OK to vacuum willy-nilly but when finished, you must quickly go over everything to leave the correct lines.  Sometimes if I have time, as a goof, I put in criss-cross lines.  The criss-cross lines subliminally reminds a women of the lines in a grass football or baseball field.  This disturbs most women and they do not know why. 

Hey, they do stuff like that to us, we just don’t know it!

When vacuuming, do not think you don’t have to vacuum under stuff.  These places will be the first areas the inspector wife will check.

Making the bed – Unless you were in the service, do not even attempt this chore.  Bed making can never be done to a women’s standard.

Dusting – Please!! Do not stoop this low.  If you have to dust, do it in a skirt!

Ironing – Don’t fall for this, even women don’t iron any more.

Washing the floors – Spray the floor with Windex, put on an old pair of white socks, get a mop and a folded up sock and play floor hockey for about twenty minutes.

Cleaning the Bathroom – Windex on everything.  Wipe clean with a paper towel.  Use bleach to rid any mold from shower curtains and the tub.  Remember, no matter how much you clean, there are little hairs floating around all bathrooms waiting for you to be finished before they fall to the ground.  Your wife will find them no matter what you do, just be prepared to apologize.

These are my little tricks, now get the fuck out of the house and go play golf!

Hey lady, don’t get angry, I told you not to read this blog!
OK, I confess this is a re-run from 2011.  I'm getting lazy, and cable TV gets away with re-runs all the time!


  1. You are right, JoeH. Men are always criticised whatever they do. What's wrong with me putting a few knives, spoons and forks in the washing machine along with the clothes? It saves time, and water, and electricity; and it is good for the planet. As long as they're well wrapped amongst the clothing - it's OK.

    God bless.

  2. Had to laugh at your willy nilly vacuuming. If you want to see willy nilly, watch a robot vacuum work. Think I will rename her from Rosie to Roger:)

  3. Haha, you guys think you’re so clever! I have learned the hard way to never ever criticize the cleaning efforts of husbands. If you do, they will throw up their hands and say “ok, you do it the way you like it done”, where they dramatically leave for golfing. Nope, I’m not doing that, I will even go so far as to ignore the dust on the window sills, and not worry that the spot under the sofa has it’s own eco system. No, you do not fool us, but we will exclaim “Oh, sweetie, the house looks great!”.

  4. Windex on everything! Absolutely. That stuff is magic!
    Shower curtains should be put through the wash once a week to prevent mould, or at least shake off as much excess water as you can after the shower.
    Tupperware CAN go in the dishwasher but NOT THE LIDS, they warp and then won't seal.

  5. My husband dusts at the houses we clean because he can reach higher than i can. He's better with the vacuum, i don't bother inspecting.

    Also, i don't separate clothes unless they are new, and i always wash in cold water. No trouble with colors running.

    Plasticware can go in the dishwasher, just keep it at the top so it won't melt.

    1. Oh, and when someone else is doing me a favor and doing something, i remember that done is better than perfect.

  6. You're a crafty one, Cranky! I hope you don't get your Guy Card revoked for revealing Guy Club secrets. First rule of Guy Club is Don't Reveal the Secrets of Guy Club. I haven't read it myself, but I'm pretty sure of the meaning when guys get nervous and cut eyes at each when one of them has loose lips in mixed company.

  7. While I am recovering, I am having to reliquish all control in the housecleaning. Its not easy -

  8. That sneaky little way of not loading the dishwasher according to the manufacturer's pictured instructions as the way to insure they'll best clean doesn't always work as a way to get out of that job in the future in some households. We know what you're up to!