There are things I used to do, that I have since decided are DUMB THINGS to focus on and are a waste of my time.
Here are my 5, and #1 seems to be the most controversial. Many people were the complete opposite.
5 Useless Tasks I hate doing
1. Making my bed
I am just going to sleep in it later…AND, Little Bun is likely to mess it up by making a cave or doing something out of it, so whatever nice, neat bed could ever be had, it would be ruined in 2 seconds, as our bedroom is also a playroom (we sleep on a Japanese futon).
Some people are so against this. Haha… I had so many people say they loved making their bed because it started their day right.
2. Planning Elaborate kid birthday parties
WHY THE HELL would I want 25+ screaming children, all hopped up on sugar, running around my home, making a mess, and having to PAY FOR THIS?
No. Thank. You.
I won’t even plan a party at a big Kid Zone or anything, I will leave other parents to do that #$*@, and bring my child to enjoy it, and leave them with the bill and the mess.
If my son wants a birthday thing, we will do a low-key, under 5 kids sort of thing.
A nice meal, no presents or very little, and everyone gets a nice book to take home and some candy, none of this nonsense about huge after party swag gift bags some kids leave with. Maybe take them all to a movie.
I WILL NOT subject myself to an elaborate, giraffe petting zoo, bouncy castle monstrosity…. No. Nein. Nada.
3. Cooking complicated meals
I love Vietnamese pho. I don’t love spending hours making the broth and so on.
I love eating curry. I don’t love turmeric staining everything highlighter yellow, and spending hours slaving over a hot pan to toast every spice, grind it, then make it.
I will leave others to do this, and I will willingly bring my appetite to enjoy (thanks to my partner who DOES elaborate meals), or I will simply go to a restaurant, and pay for it.
4. Finishing books I don’t enjoy
I used to force myself to finish books I started, no matter how much I hated them, and one chapter into a “classic” or a “bestseller”, I’d yawn.
NOT ANY MORE.
If I don’t like the book by chapter three, I delete it and move on to the next.
5. Separating egg whites from yolks for a cake
Cakes, do not need egg whites separated from the yolks. It is an unnecessary step my mother nags me and my partner about because SHE does it and thinks it makes the cake fluffier (omg how… the cake is already so dense, some whipped egg whites are not going to do jack), and she doesn’t understand science enough to know that whipped egg whites are for very light cakes like soufflés, not banana cakes!
And yet, she still separates it by hand, whips up the egg whites, then the egg yolks, then combines it all into one bowl.
I have given up.