Newlyweds Advice For Dibbying Up The Chores And Avoiding Squabbling Over The To-Do List
- Figure out what you're each best at. Focus on your strengths, compromise on your weak areas. One may love outdoor chores, gardening and the other may love indoor work. Sit down and make a list and let each one pick what they want to do. For items you both really hate or don't have time to do like lawn mowing, cleaning bathrooms, you may want to hire an outside person to come in and do them for you. If you are on a tight budget, you may not have a choice.
- Work smarter not Harder with tools that can do the chores easier and faster than ever before. Look for cleaning tools that make the household chores easier. Save time dusting by using a swiffer duster that traps and locks dust and dirt in seconds. Use an automatic shower cleaner to keep your showers from building up with soap scum. Use mops that do not require buckets of water-- to save even more time. Purchase automatic bowl cleaners that keep toilets clean and take the gross out of the job!
- Discuss Expectations to avoid getting on each other's nerves. What is your "dirt tolerance level?" How long can you really let that grass grow before it's time to mow? Who is going to do the weeds? What about trash? How about cooking? Is that a shared responsibility? If one person takes on the cooking is the other person up to helping with clean up and dishes?
- Stay focused on marriage priorities. Keep in mind, no matter where you live or who you live with life is messy and we do have to clean it up! Some spouses never had to do chores, others were just never taught how to clean the right way, some may struggle with laziness, Prioritize and hang in there and be open about the way you feel and look for solutions to the issues as they arise.