One thing I learned when I first stepped into my husband’s college apartment was that neat freak would never be used to describe him. Combine a disdain for cleaning with a master level of procrastination and you end up with a really dirty kitchen. I am not one to talk, I have actually thrown away a bowl instead of washing it.
Yet somehow, through the years, we have managed to keep our home cleanish.
We both work full time and are raising two children together. Our schedules on most days, including the weekends, are chaotic and somewhere in between the chaos the dishes need to get washed, the carpet vacuumed, the laundry thrown in and the grass cut. Those are just a few of the long list of tasks needed to keep a home clean and in running order.
There are certain chores I know he does not like to do such as folding laundry and I will admit, that to this day, I still have never mowed a lawn in my entire life. Over the years we have learned to share the load and I know if laundry needs to be folded I’ll be working on that pile and if the grass needs cutting he’s headed out to the garage to get the mower; but what about everything else?
Those other chores such as loading the dishwasher and vacuuming the living rug are usually done by who has a moment in time to get them done. I will admit mess bothers me more so I will often do the vacuuming or the dusting before it even crosses his mind. But there are the days when I am loathing having to do a chore and I come home and it’s already done. Those are the days I thank him, while it wasn’t specifically my job or his job to get the chore done I am thankful that he did it and I doesn’t even have to go on my to do list, and he thanks me too.
There are times when one of us has a lot on their plate and doesn’t help out as much the other but have an understanding. We make sure the other knows that we appreciate the effort and work the other puts in. I mean who doesn’t like feeling appreciated, even if it’s just for vacuuming the rug?
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