I do not advocate pampering the dust bunnies that hide under our couches and beds. However, I do think today marks a holiday they enjoy celebrating. Let’s join the elusive little fuzz balls by ignoring them and being good to ourselves. Let’s relax, lay back, and observe No Housework Day.
Like so many of our favorite holidays, this one’s origins are obscure, but the intent is clear. April 7th is No Housework Day, and that is the only excuse you need. Toss that dust rag. Stash that broom. Don’t even think about bringing out the vacuum or washing a load of clothes.
Please, don’t worry about offending Josephine Garis Cochran. I’m sure she would be pleased with how well her 1886 invention, the automatic dishwasher, is still appreciated in homes around the world. And even though Susan Hibbard’s clever patented feather duster was an original back in 1876, she wouldn’t mind if you gave it a rest for just one day.
So, what should you do?
You could stretch out with that book you’ve been saving for a lazy day. You could hit the couch, tell the dust bunnies to keep it quiet, and binge-watch a favorite show. Or why not invite friends over and spend the day playing old-fashioned board games?
Whatever you do, please indulge in something you really love. If you have second thoughts about taking off today, look in the mirror. Ask yourself this question: Do you keep your house, or does it keep you? Now go on and enjoy yourself. No Housework Day only comes around once a year. You can get those dust bunnies tomorrow.