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April 7, 2015 is No Housework Day!

Updated on March 7, 2015
Got the Housework Blues?
Got the Housework Blues?

Why only one day a year?

No Housework Day on 7 April! Yes, you heard me.

That means no washing, scrubbing, scouring, dusting or polishing. Lock the broom cupboard and dismantle the vacuum cleaner. Drop your clothes and towels on the bathroom floor, ignore the sinks, basins, toilets and tubs - no housework today!

This also means stay out of the kitchen. No shopping, planning, food preparation or hanging over the stove. Celebrate International No Housework Day!

Why is Housework so horrible?

Too many reasons to count

Anyone would rather lie on a sofa than sweep beneath it, but the fact remains that the housework has to be done.

If I could afford a housekeeper and a maid I'd be content with my life. So would you, I'm sure.

Do you feel like Sisyphus, cursed to roll a rock up a hill all day only to start again in the morning? Housework is like that, and the primary reason I loathe it. It doesn't matter how much work you do, it just gets dirty again. The only way I handle this is with organisation.

Get the Kids to do the Housework

Willing Housework Helpers
Willing Housework Helpers

Prepare for No Housework Day

It's truly amazing how quickly kids learn to operate the DVD, yet are unable to understand the basics of the vacuum cleaner.

Some of you may have well trained children who complete their set household tasks but how about your partner?

Let's not enter that minefield for the moment ... Let's concentrate on preparing the family for No Housework Day.

A List for everyone else - Leave it on the fridge

Make a list of the usual work that needs to be done on that day.

With that list, the others living in your house have a clear set of directions to follow. Just the ordinary day-to-day housework although you could include cleaning the stove or defrosting the fridge if you feel like it.

Leave the list and leave the house for the day. Go and see a movie or spend some hours window shopping.


Don't clean glasses either

Don't clean glasses either
Don't clean glasses either

  1. In the morning : Bedding changed and sheets, PJs, dirty laundry put in the machine. Make the beds. Breakfast dishes washed, benches cleaned and kitchen floor swept. Hang out the washing.
  2. In the middle of the day :. Dust and vacuum living areas. Mop the kitchen floor
  3. In the early afternoon : Clean bath, basin, toilet. Wash floors of these areas. :
  4. In the late afternoon : List one of your weekly chores such as windows washed or porch cleaned. Bring in the washing, fold and put away. Start preparing dinner.
  5. In the evening : Cook the evening meal. Serve. Clean up kitchen. Scrub pots. Mop the kitchen floor.

When you dread the unexpected knock on the door - You've got the Housework Blues

Housework Blues: A Survival Guide- How to Cope with the Mental and Emotional Challenge of Keeping a Home

This isn't a book of tips and tricks to clean your home, but about an attitude change. It made me realise that the reason I clean the house is to feel less stressed in my surroundings.

It's a wake-up call to the psyche - and it works!


The Housewife Blues is the Housework Blues - I've got 'em!

Strangely enough, No Housework Day is also National Beer Day, but don't read too much into that.

What do you think about No Housework Day?

Will you be celebrating No Housework Day?

See results

Forget your Schedule on 7 April

The Ultimate Clean House Schedule

Cleaning the house is a daunting task. I don't care how many 'labour-saving devices' you have around the home, they don't really save much in the way of your labour at all.

© 2012 Susanna Duffy

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    • Lady Lorelei profile image

      Lorelei Cohen 

      4 years ago from Canada

      Yahoo...I was going to do laundry today but now I have an excuse not to. Tossing my mop to the side and grabbing my broom to go out for a ride : )

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I will definitely celebrate No Housework Day! Thanks for the heads up

    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 

      4 years ago from Central Florida

      I don't find it overly expensive to have a maid every 2 weeks. That really saves me a lot of drudgery and all I give up is some other indulgence like eating out a few times or cutting back on spending on fripperies.

      I really recommend it to every woman.

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      mariacarbonara 

      5 years ago

      Never heard of it... but I love it!

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      Sher Ritchie 

      6 years ago

      Great lens - one way of having a 'no housework day' would be to use paper plates (and cups) on April 7 and just drop them in the recycling bin when used. No washing up day!

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      Helene-Malmsio 

      6 years ago

      This is a holiday that we all deserve to celebrate - maybe next year - lol!

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      jlshernandez 

      6 years ago

      I made breakfast, but I let the hubby cleanup. That counts doesn't it. I like this celebration.

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      Auntie-M LM 

      6 years ago

      Yeeee haw! Now here's a day I can celebrate with gusto!

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      TravelingRae 

      6 years ago

      I love this day so much I celebrate it most days!

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      seegreen 

      6 years ago

      Oooh, I thought it was yesterday! I am going to have to break the rule because I have decided that today is going to be MASS housework day today. The kids are going to hate me because we will all be cleaning together.

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      6 years ago from Canada

      Thank goodness -- I thought I'd missed it -- but I know you are in another part of the world so I had my fingers crossed. It isn't no housework day here yet!

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      But in the philippines, we have april 7 as working day. So sad. :( I could not join this one.

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      Fay Favored 

      6 years ago from USA

      Why can't everyday be no housework day? You can be sure I'll celebrate this one, maybe a bit early too. :)

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      Labyrinth 

      6 years ago

      Count me in!

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      Lynne Schroeder 

      6 years ago from Blue Mountains Australia

      I have already lowered my standards to the bare minimum! Trying to convince the rest of my household about this holiday... you are a comedian

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      smithlights 

      6 years ago

      I'm in!

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      Julia M S Pearce 

      6 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      This is my kind of celebration! But unfortunately there would be a lot of catching up the next day.

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      WriterJanis2 

      6 years ago

      This would be quite fun to celebrate!

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      waterlily78 

      6 years ago

      LOL sadly I already have too many "no housework days"! But the no cooking part sounds quite enjoyable.

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      Tjoedhilde 

      6 years ago

      Every day should be a no housework day!

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      Ahdilarum 

      6 years ago

      This will be applicable for those who do housework daily, without taking any break..

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      Camden1 

      6 years ago

      This is my kind of holiday!

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      No room for a broom!? Let's call April a no-housework month! :))

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      Marika 

      6 years ago from Cyprus

      A day right up to my alley!

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      Angelina 

      6 years ago from California

      love it! I'm going to start celebrating now :)

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