Gut Check: Making simple sense out of life
By Lenore Skomal Erie Times-News staff blogger
Lenore Skomal is an award-winning author and veteran journalist in all forms of media. She is a weekly columnist and daily blogger for the Erie Times-News. She’s authored 17 published books, including an anthology of her columns, Burnt Toast available on her website   Read more about this blog.
Posted: November 22nd, 2012
Ever hear of “sheet-fitting palsy”?

I suffer the risk of getting it, I fear, since the fitted sheets for our bed are notoriously difficult to stretch. Sheet-fitting palsy is no joke, as it was cited in Science Daily after “a 73-year-old woman developed an acute thrombosis of a persistent median artery following a Sisyphean struggle with a poorly fitted bedsheet.” I feel her pain, and I might suffer from the same thing since I already have carpal tunnel, and both involve numbness, tingling and weakness in the wrist.

Sheet-fitting palsy is just one reason listed on BuzzFeed’s list of eight reasons not to do housework. Of course, with a headline like that, I’m going to read it. While I understand the thinking behind the top eight reasons, I have to say I disagree with several of them. Namely, numbers three and five, which state that housework can make you depressed and stressed.

This applies no doubt to my son, who remains happy and ebullient because he doesn’t do any housework, but quite the opposite is true for me. A messy house and sloth make me depressed and stressed–not the other way around. After I clean, or better yet, after my husband cleans, I find myself at peace and even joyful.

The other reasons have to do with the physical damage you can do to your body by cleaning the house, the adverse effects of cleaning products on your health and the simple fact that germs are actually good for your body and should be allowed to thrive, to some extent. Check out the entire list here. 

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