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Top 10 Reasons My Teen Freaks Out When She Has To Empty The Vacuum Cleaner

Top 10 Reasons My Teen Freaks Out When She Has To Empty The Vacuum Cleaner

by Gina Valley

It’s a terrible burden.

In our house, before you vacuum, you have to empty the vacuum cleaner canister. Every time.

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We tried using the “empty it if you find it full” rule, but, even when it was overflowing and dirt was flying out, no one ever thought it was full.  So, we now have the “always empty it before you use it” rule.

My teenage daughter just went out to dump the vacuum cleaner canister contents into the trash can.  She was so happy to do it.  And, by “so happy to do it” I, of course, mean “not happy at all.”  I think I can still hear her mumbling about it.

It’s such a quick, simple task, but she pitches a fit every time she has to do it. “Why?” you might wonder. I’m so glad you asked.

Top 10 Reasons My Teen Freaks Out When She Has To Empty The Vacuum Cleaner

#10.  All those spiders we’ve been sucking up all week  – they’re in there & they’re mad.

#9.  One of her friends might see her and know that she has a family (talk about embarrassing!).

#8.  It’s windy outside and she just finally got her hair to, like, work.

#7.  She’s texting with her friend, Milly, who just got dumped by her boyfriend, who BTdubb’s is such a creeper, and she can’t just keep her waiting.

#6.  Our weird neighbor is standing on his roof with his leaf blower cursing at the leaves up there while he blasts them. Again.

#5.  She’s wearing her brand new combat boots, and doesn’t want them to get anything on them that looks even the least bit combat-like.

#4.  The raccoons in our trees throw stuff at you when you go into our trash can area (they really do. And, I think they’re laughing while they do it).

Humor Funny Humorous Family Life Love Laugh Laughter Parenting Mom Moms Dad Dads Parenting Child Kid Kids Children Son Sons Daughter Daughters Brother Brothers Sister Sisters Grandparent Grandma Grandpa Grandparents Grandfather Grandmother Parenting Gina Valley Top 10 Reasons My Teen Daughter Freaks Out When She Has To Empty The Vacuum Canister#3.  She is not our maid (we knew that, being as we don’t have a maid [like anyone would take that job!], but she made a point of telling us, just in case we were a bit confused on that point, I guess. Teenagers are thoughtful like that).

#2.  She always has to empty the vacuum cleaner canister (in a related note, she also pointed out that she is the only one who ever does anything around here) (in another related note, I’m laughing, I might be rolling my eyes, and I emptied the vacuum canister yesterday. And, picked up the dishes she left in the bathroom) (that’s right, the bathroom).

#1.  It’s so disgusting! (Just wait until next week. She’s on bathroom cleaning duty).

Teens! Gotta love ‘em!

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

Do you have a chore you particularly hate?  Is there a chore your family hates?  Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

15 Responses
  • Cleaning the bathroom and putting away the endless piles of laundry are on my list of least favorite chores to do.

    • gina valley
      March 30, 2014

      Oh those are on my list of least favorites, too! How come taking a nap is never a chore? I’d do that every time!

  • Kriss @ Cabin Goddess
    March 9, 2014

    Oh you forgot my favorite “This is CHILD abuse, MOM! What if I get some kind of like, flesh eating disease from something you vacuumed up mutating in there!! I am going to call CPS on you!!”

    • gina valley
      March 30, 2014

      Lol, Kriss! How could I have forgotten to include that one?!?! Lol!

  • K.R. Morrison
    March 9, 2014

    I hate doing the bathrooms. The cleaning equipment can sit for a MONTH (I kid you not) beside the sink, and I will just put it off.

    It was a very fine feeling when the kids moved out and learned that they had to do ALL their own cleaning. Life is good.

    • gina valley
      March 30, 2014

      I’m so glad that my kids are old enough to clean their own bathrooms now. I have to admit that I don’t do mine as often as I should. My all time least favorite part has got to be scrubbing our shower. I hate doing that, and put it off way too long. After my last out of state trip, my husband scrubbed our shower as a welcome home gift. Best gift ever!

  • Kenna Griffin
    March 10, 2014

    To be fair, it is really gross.

    • gina valley
      March 30, 2014

      It is pretty nasty. And, even though I know better, I worry about angry spiders climbing out, too!

  • steve shapiro
    March 11, 2014

    There’s a self cleaning vaccum with an adjustable suckie value that’s available through this 800 number for $39 without shipping charge.

    The bristles detach so the dog hairs just whipe off with a tissue. You hold the total 14 ounce vaccum cleaner over the garbage can and pinch you nose, squeeze the handle and it self flushes, a little extra squeeze and the fine dust blows out in a straight flush with just a spritz of water so it doesn’t blow up and into your face.

    I found it IN MY DREAMS!

    • gina valley
      March 30, 2014

      That sounds like a great thing. I’ve always wanted to try one of those robot vacuums, but I’m afraid our dogs would freak out and take it apart.

  • Mollytopia
    March 12, 2014

    Oh girl. Mine is about to turn 10 and I’m afraid. Very afraid. She already says, “oh thank gahhhhd” when I announce the maids are coming. But then I remind her that means she has to clean her room before they arrive so they can see the floor. Ugggg. You have a new fan : )

    • gina valley
      March 13, 2014

      I’m so glad to meet you, Molly! Welcome!
      Yes, teens, especially girls, can be a bit scare-inducing. And, for good reason! Lol! But, every once in a while, even the most self-involved teen looks up and does something amazingly kind or helpful or beautiful. It’s worth everything just for that! Plus, my mom swears that they turn back into nice people full time when they hit their 20’s. I’m hanging onto that!

  • Vanessa D.
    March 14, 2014

    My boys don’t like to empty the canister either. I suspect for different reasons, but with a hairy dog and two cats ours needs it every time too even though I usually sweep first.

    • gina valley
      March 30, 2014

      I’m always amazed by the amount of hair our dogs lose. I don’t understand why they aren’t bald! Seems like we could make another dog with just the extra hair.

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    May 8, 2014

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