When you’re cohabitating with a significant other, one of the biggest things you will bicker over is housework. Unfortunately it’s one of those inevitable things in life, like death and taxes, unless you just want to let your bathroom become overgrown by mould, in which case I say more power to you! (I also say ‘thanks for the invite, but I don’t want to come over for dinner because you’re gross’)
Our household has one of those modern situations where one of us works from home (me), although thankfully my man also worked from home for a long time so he can sympathise with my situation. We also live in a very small apartment so it can get really messy really quickly. On the flip side, it also means cleaning up is quick but that’s not the point.
There seems to be a few universal rules about housekeeping that a lot of people subscribe to, like the person who didn’t cook dinner has to do the washing up. Both fortunately and unfortunately for me my husband fancies himself as Jamie Oliver, so while I get a gourmet meal every night, I also get lumped with the shit job of washing up every night. And while our apartment is tiny, it came with huge appliances – a mansion sized fridge, a huge oven, and a dishwasher that’s good for dinner parties. Shame we only own 4 knives and 4 forks. Every night as I wash up, I curse the oversized dishwasher. This *is* a sponsored post by Fisher & Paykel, but I feel like their little underbench dishdrawers would be a big help in our household – they are far more economical and would also mean I had more cupboard space because they are half the size of a regular dishwasher (side note: we have lots of cupboards in the kitchen but they are all up high and being that I am 5’2” I can’t reach half of them – shawty needs to drop it low)
The other thing about husband doing all the cooking, and me being the one at home most days, is that I get to do everything else (bathroom/dusting/vacuuming/mopping). This has caused some consternation of late – chores are inevitable, but is it fair that he gets to do something he loves as his chore (cooking) while I get something I hate as my chore (cleaning the toilet). I have really tried to be more like my girl Smaggle, who manages to make cleaning sound like an awesome party game, but some days I just can’t enjoy scrubbing the grout. I need someone to deliver me one of those magical boxes of Swiffer magic – man I love Morty and Lee. Maybe I could just employ Lee to do my chores, and that would keep the peace.
Since some chores are better than others, how do you split them to keep everyone happy?
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