National No Housework Day:
Celebrated annually on April 7th, the National No Housework Day encourages us to take a break from all the housework! Whether you love doing your housework or not, it’s a day to sit back and relax listening, watching, eating, or doing anything else but housework!
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Why No Housework Day?
With the advent of the industrial revolution, more men began to leave homes for work and the responsibility of housework by default fell on the women of the house. With no proper equipment, cleaning was a more painful task than it was today. With all the modern electric gadgets to keep our homes spic and span, it still feels like a herculean task for many people.
Although in the 21 century, men are more open to sharing the housework responsibilities, most still think it is a women-centric role and in reality, they do most of the work at home.
So this day is for all the women and men out there who have been faithfully doing housework all year round! While there will be many who wouldn’t agree on this, it’s alright!
Unless you are very fond of housework, we all feel it is a boring task. And not being able to do it one day is a win! It is also healthy to take a break! Put down those cleaning tools and appliances and enjoy the day.
It’s mentally and physically relaxing not to be stressed or judged about not doing your housework! So postpone all the dishes, dusting, sweeping! Let your vacuum cleaner, washing machine, and mop enjoy the break too!
It certainly doesn’t mean that you have ignored the necessary sanitary needs but feel free to leave dishes in the sink, toys on the floor, cluttered books on the table, and the clothes unfolded!
Dread certain chores? It’s a fantastic opportunity to postpone them for the next 24 hours! Anything that’s screaming “clean me” can be ignored without feeling guilty! Deep cleaning or spring cleaning can be scheduled for any other day.
Is there a movie or a book that you wanted to catch up on? unfulfilled promise to visit your friend? No time to whip up that new cake recipe? want to stretch and relax those muscles in a hot bath? Or just enjoy the stroll outdoors with a little shopping? Today is your day!
It’s also a perfect day to chill out with the rest of your family! This day is much needed if you are working for an employer and take care of work at home. So, rejuvenate your body, mind, and soul with soothing music, a glass of wine, or a bowl of ice cream as you see fit!
So ignore your household chores completely and soak in the free feeling. Use the time to focus on the important matters of your life!
How Can We Observe National No Housework Day:
- Do Nothing Related To Housework!
Enjoy the day by doing nothing related to housework! Be it getting a few hours more sleep or enjoying your breakfast peacefully before getting off to work. Let those dishes, clothes, toys, books, dusting, and all cleaning be on pause for the day!
- Go out with family or friends
Use the time dedicated to housework to chill out with your family or friends! You could go window shopping, visit the mall or watch a movie at the theatres too!
- Enjoy a hobby
Which hobby do you love most? If you are an artist or a wannabe artist, use the time to work on your strokes and shades! Practice your musical instrument, paint, bake, sew, knit or go on a road trip!
- Learn something new
Almost everything is available on the internet to help learn new things! So turn your housework hours to learn something that can yield more productivity at home and work. Or simply learn what you have never known or experienced before!
- Enjoy extra TV hours
Couldn’t find time to binge-watch your favorite TV shows? Today’s the day! Curl up on your couch along with plenty of your favorite snacks and let the binge-watching begin!
- Share the break on social media
Finding this holiday interesting? Share the housework break on social media! Let all the people take a break and rejoice with you! Post interesting activities and ideas to celebrate the day using #NationalNoHouseworkDay and #NoHouseworkDay.
Interesting Facts About National No Housework Day:
Here are some interesting facts that will encourage you to enjoy housework after No Housework Day!
- In their lifetime, women spend 12,896 hours on an average on cleaning while men spend only 6,448 hours
- Until a decade ago, cleaning used to be a lot harder as there were no special purpose cleaning equipment or appliances we have today
- Did you know that getting rid of clutter could save 50% of your average time on housework?
- Your children’s toys can be washed in the dishwasher if they are manufactured dishwasher safe!
- You can burn 200 calories by just doing housework for two hours!
History of National No Housework Day:
This day is one of the quirky holidays proposed and patented by the famous Thomas and Ruth Roy of wellcat.com. It is celebrated as a fun holiday across the US. Although the reason behind why April 7th was chosen isn’t known yet!