Chores Are Pretty Suck…

But I guess that I like a few.  To me, a lot of things end up being thought of on a chart or graph, and this is no different.  So think about it like that with me for a sec’ – every chore has its pros and cons.  More to the point, every chore has input, output, and something abstract about the satisfaction that you get from it.

Even more to the point, let’s name our variables.  “Work” is the amount of effort I need to exert in order to complete the given chore.  “Result” is the more objectively, measurable effect of doing that chore.  How clean, neat, and together my home is because of.  “Fulfillment” is the more subjective, abstract effect of getting said chore done – the feeling of accomplishment.  For instance, doing the dishes by hand is a lot of work (if I let it pile up).  However, the level of overall cleanliness of my home is greatly increased by keeping my dishes clean.  Moreover, the act of doing it doesn’t feel like it sucks.  I feel like I’m getting something done, and that feels good.  Doing dishes by machine takes almost no effort and the overall cleanliness factor is the same.  However, I don’t feel like I’ve accomplished anything.  Vacuuming, while sometimes time consuming, basically takes no effort and increases the overall cleanliness of my home by fair margin.  However, for some reason I can’t put my finger on, I don’t feel like I’ve gotten anything done when I do it.  Try figuring that shit out.

tl;dr – Some chores are more important than others, but that doesn’t mean I like doing them or am more happy about them being done.  On a scale of 1 – 10, with ten as the highest, here are how these chores stack up in my mind:

Chore Work Result Fulfillment (MBCI)
Dishes (by hand) 8 9 9 10
Dishes (by machine) 2 9 1 5
Laundry 3 8 5 13
Vacuuming 4 7 1 2
Fixing things 9 3 7 2
Straightening Clutter 4 9 5 11
Organizing 6 5 7 6
Bathroom 6 10 5 8
Kitchen 8 9 8 9
Living room 6 5 5 4
Bedroom 3 3 2 2
Other 5 5 4 4

*MBCI = Most Bestest Chore to do Index

I’m sure there are more chores I haven’t thought of, and maybe I’ll add them to the list at a later date… but not now.