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#61 of 65 Old 09-22-2005, 02:29 AM
 
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I have waay too much stuff in this house and want to declutter more ruthlessly but am married to the EMPEROR of the packrats ,, I feel your pain..
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Oh, and I wanted to add...

I don't expect DH to do the housework, but I do expect him to do his share (agreed upon by us) and to pick up after himself.

I may do the housework, but I am no freaking maid. Socks on the floor get thrown out
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Oh, and I wanted to add...

I don't expect DH to do the housework, but I do expect him to do his share (agreed upon by us) and to pick up after himself.

I may do the housework, but I am no freaking maid. Socks on the floor get thrown out
ha ha, my husband wouldn't have any socks left in a week flat if I went by your policy!
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Well, IMO, there is tidy and there is clean. Tidy is 80% of the work. If it's tidy, it's easy to clean. If it isn't tidy, cleaning is a nightmare.

I try to spend a few minutes here and there every day keeping our house tidy. On Monday's I do the cleaning. If it doesn't get done then, it has to wait until the next week. I like getting my cleaning over with so I don't have to think about it every day. But that's just me.

As for the division of duties, I do everything pretty much. DH cleans up the kitchen about half the time. I do everything else. I even mow the lawn (he does the trimming). He works full time and is going to grad school part time. I do everything myself that I possibly can because I would rather he spend his few spare moments with me than doing chores.

Tana, wife to Steve (5/02), mom to Ben (7/03), Joey (10/06) and Caroline (9/09)
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I agree with your post! It took a long, long time for dh and I to get a system down that we both feel happy about. For a long time my standards were too high and I was stressed trying to keep a clean home *and* nurture our children the way I wanted to.

The house is clean but cluttered. Things get cleaned when they get to a certain point where I can't stand it any more. I keep up on laundry and dishes, and I keep the guest bathroom clean, but not most other things on a daily basis. I cook most of the meals but it's not always gourmet. My favorite thing is to cook up a big veggie stew and have it last for 2 days (even longer if I put some in the freezer for later).

My dh's main job in the house is to pick up those little things that are out of place at the end of the day: toys, books, crayons, etc. That is half the battle right there, and makes the house look cleaner when that's all put away. He also does the yard work and pet care.

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