Clean-up and the “H” Word

You may be wondering how clean-up, especially doggie poo clean-up, is inspirational? It’s a stretch. LOL. Hang on, and let’s think a bit.

Recently, I participated in a Zoom chat with friends. The topic segued into a discussion on I “hate” projects. The “H” word was used multiple times, and my thinking turned to—I don’t use the word “hate” anymore.

Hate. From came this definition: to dislike intensely or passionately; feel extreme aversion for or extreme hostility toward; detest.

Do you say “I hate” this or “I hate” that?

What stood out in the definition was the emotion associated with the “H” word-intensely, passionately, extreme aversion or hostility. None of those make me feel great. Did I want to waste myself in negativity?

Not really.

Don’t get me wrong. I truly “H” word some things, and some people will truly roast in purgatory. So what does the “H” word have to do with doggie poo clean-up?

I do not like picking up doggie poo. Intensely dislike. The “H” word. Not many of us like to. When Handsome and I walked our Adora-poos, we would watch and do clean-up. Kinda takes the fun out of walking. But we do it. Dogs and Parents get exercise in the great outdoors. Nothing better. We have residents in our garage apartment, and their loveable large–I mean, LARGE–dog does…well, you know. Just gross. But I did the clean-up for the greater good.

All of us do unfun chores.

We didn’t want to tackle the project, but the work had to be done. I adapted to something else. I focused on a flippy–the end job and what awaited me afterward.

For the longest time, I put off and put off a biggie on my To-Do list-clean the bathroom cabinets. This meant sorting through seventeen years of junk, vacuuming the dust, spray with cleaner and make the gunk disappear, then put the organized accumulation back. Sounds easy peasy—right?

Did I say how much I dislike dusting?

I “H” word it. Several hours would be involved in this job, taking a large chunk from my weekend of pleasing myself. I would rather stitch, read, and rewatch Downton Abbey than tackle that project.

So, to flippy it with a better spin-tude, I challenged myself, “Vicki, right after breakfast, spend two hours cleaning. Make piles. And then, do what you want the rest of the day, guilt-free.”

I walked several miles, ate breakfast, and followed with the two-hour cleaning. In the end, I was super tired but glad I finished the task. The cabinets looked so much better. Everything smelled lovely. Organized. Dust-free.

After my own soap-rinse-dry cycle, I plopped on the couch with a real Dr. Pepper, a great mystery, and no guilt, but more importantly, no hate. The dreaded To-Do item had been done. I felt great. Actually, felt freeing.

The big win happened when Handsome came downstairs and asked, “What did you do to the bathroom? It looks amazing.”

I smiled. “Oh, this and that.”

Share with me!

Do you have a project you intensely do not want to do? One you “H” word? Do you use the “H” word? How do you feel when you do?

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7 Comments Add yours

  1. Hey, Vicki. Love the title. It really got my attention. LOL I dislike many thins. The H word few. I actually enjoy walking Charley and picking up after him. I feel we’ve had a successful walk. I get my steps. He gets his business done. When the urge strikes to clean out the closets, I act on it. Who knows when the urge will strike again. But always the feeling after is so euphoric. What an accomplishment. If I hate anything, it’s people being unkind. I tend to go ballistic on them, which isn’t particularly kind of me. LOL Great post. I shared. 🙂

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  2. Vicki Batman says:

    Thanks, Marsha! I’ve grown to go “eh” about the projects I really dislike and just do them–on my terms. Like rewards are big!!! lol


  3. Reggi Allder says:

    I had to laugh about the poo. We have two dogs and though we dislike doing it, we always pick up their poo while on a walk. At home, hubby and I have a deal. He picks up in the yard poo and I do the laundry, a chore I really dislike. BTW, I don’t say hell, but my characters do. Lol

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  4. Vicki Batman says:

    LOL, Reggi, about your “H” word. I do say a few of those now and again. LOL

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  5. Pat Amsden says:

    I have to admit I’m glad I have a little dog when it comes to picking up after him.I have to be careful to not do too much housework or I end up in bed unable to do anything. I do have a housecleaner who does two hours a week for me and a dog walker who takes Fluffy for walks. There’s a part of me that hates not being able to just dive in and clean out the closets or whatever but there another part of me that’s grateful I have the support I need.

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  6. petespringerauthor says:

    Great strategy. We’ve got some thoroughly disgusting cabinets, but we also have Dr. Pepper on ice, you know, if you run out of things to “H.”🤣

    Jokes aside, the feeling of accomplishment associated with the lack of guilt sounds like a sweet incentive.

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  7. Vicki Batman says:

    Hi, Pete! It’s enough I “H” word around here, but I appreciate the Dr. Pepper offer.

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