Invisible, repetitive, exhausting, unproductive, uncreative – these are the adjectives which most perfectly capture the nature of housework.
No longer will we [women] agree to protect the hearth at the price of extinguishing the fire within ourselves.
Have you ever taken anything out of the clothes basket because it had become, relatively, the cleaner thing?
The worst thing about work in the house or home is that whatever you do it is destroyed, laid waste or eaten within twenty-four hours.
Housekeeping is like being caught in a revolving door.
I think housework is far more tiring and frightening than hunting is, no comparison, and yet after hunting we had eggs for tea and were made to rest for hours, but after housework people expect one to go on just as if nothing special had happened.
They shared the chores of living as some couples do – she did most of the work and he appreciated it.
If your house is really a mess and a stranger comes to the door, greet him with, “Who could have done this? We have no enemies.”
I buried a lot of my ironing in the back yard.
Cleaning your house / While your kids are still growing / Is like shoveling the walk / Before it stops snowing.
At the worst, a house unkept cannot be so distressing as a life unlived.