I can not escape the ever present chores needing to be completed. I have found that the easiest way to get the cleaning finished on a regular basis without being completely exhausted is to do a few Monday through Friday leaving Saturday and Sunday free. I find this method to work great.
If you don’t remember how I feel about cleaning, check out The Tale of a Clean House.
Anyway, lately with my overly tired condition which I’m not going to worry about even though I keep thinking about it, I haven’t felt like cleaning.
I know, I know, don’t faint.
I don’t want anything dirty, but I am too tired to clean.
My husband doesn’t clean the house. He thinks his job is to dirty it so that I can clean it. I think he is still stuck in some kind of time warp where women were a man’s servant. Well, that’s how it feels anyway.
About twenty years ago I went to the Plano Balloon Festival in Plano, Texas. I love watching hot air balloons and hearing the rush of the air and fire filling the HUGE parachute type balloons..
It is so exciting just thinking about it!
At the balloon festivals, there are always vendors selling homemade crafts. At one such event, I purchased a wooded figure holding a heart that says, “Housework makes you ugly.”
The heart is cute, the doll is basically…ugly…on purpose. I mean really, look at her atrocious hair!
She is always staring at me from the kitchen as a reminder that each time I clean, I take on the uglies. It’s true! I do things like put my hair up in a barrette so it won’t hang down in the toilet or get in my way to see when I bend to dust the furniture. Don’t you do that too? When I vacuum the baseboards, it is work! Often I am sweating because I’m trying to hurry and get it done before I poop out. Cleaning baseboards, air conditioning vents and washing windows is manual labor and exercise. Did I ever tell you that I don’t like exercising?
It would be so much easier if my husband was motivated to do chores. My stepfather and brother-in-law not only do chores, but they cook! My husband doesn’t get the hint. I have almost given up on finding a way to encourage his participation in home cleanliness. I feel doomed to a lifetime of being a maid. Surely that isn’t why I was put on this earth! So if you have some suggestions, short of hiring someone else, living in filth or banishing him from the house, I am very excited to hear them.
What do you think I can do to effectively convince him to clean too? How do you motivate your spouse to help you out and pick up their own mess? Is this just a basic trait of all men from his generation? I wonder if George Clooney is neat and tidy because if not, that would sure wreck my fantasy!
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