Edna, welcome! Like you, I did those things and never regretted it! I often said I'd wash the windows when the kids were raised and gone...just now got around to it! My gosh the neighborhood has changed!
You're a welcome addition, Edna... The good news is.. If you do a really good job at all of those "instead" things with them, they bring back their babies so you can continue to do even more "instead" things with THEM!!!