I have come to appreciate my mother's house cleaning skills. She is thorough and does it all herself. She sews. She makes kettle after kettle of jam. She prepares 3 meals a day. Every day except Sunday. She embodies home arts-- a difficult skill of devotion and act of sheer willpower.
As a comparison, I once went 10 years without washing the exterior windows of my home. Whereas Mother would put all the storm windows on each fall and wash the windows when she took them off in the spring.