Well I guess you think I’m going to complain about always having to do chores. If that’s the case, you’d be wrong. I’m lucky. Around my house, my husband and I both do the chores.
I usually sort the clothes on Friday night or Saturday morning and make piles in our bathroom. Now it’s just the two of us, so we only have a few loads each week. Most of you are probably wishing that was all you had each week. With kids, laundry multiplies, especially with girls…teenage girls, or so I hear. I only had a son. Once the laundry is sorted, whoever is in that part of the house will pick up a pile and head to the washing machine. My husband knows how much detergent to add and how to set the machine. So if he’s the one with the clothes, he’ll do that load. Once the washing machine is finished, either one of us will move the clothes to the dryer. I know you’re thinking “that’s the easy part”. Well my husband also helps fold and hang up the clothes too. That’s right, he helps without even being asked. If I come walking thru the room with a load in my arms, he’ll get up and follow me to the bedroom and help hang up or fold the clothes. Are you jealous yet?
We have a standing rule. I cooked you clean. But it never really happens that way. Regardless of which one of us cooks, we both clean up the kitchen. I usually pack up the left overs and my husband starts loading the dishwasher or washing the pots and pans. I don’t mind loading the dishwasher, but I hate to unload it. My husband always laughs when he gets home and has to unload the dishwasher. We also have a couple of extra helpers named Fred and Ginger. They’re the best dishwashers around. They are two dachshunds that belong to my sister-n-law. She lives behind us so the pups come over all the time, especially around dinner time.
Fred’s the black and tan one laying half off the couch and Ginger is the red one. You can tell Fred doesn’t miss many meals. Are you jealous yet?
Well, I don’t want to lead you on. I have someone that comes in every other week to clean. With both of us working, it gives us our weekends free. I know what you’re thinking, with only two of us we shouldn’t need a house keeper. We try to pick up after ourselves, but the floors and bathrooms still need cleaning. Are you jealous yet?
Ok, this is still a man’s job! My husband usually takes out the trash when he goes out for the paper. When he’s on vacation and I’m not, I take it out so he can sleep in. If I remember its trash day, I’ll go out and get the empty can and bring it to the back of the house, but it’s usually my husband that takes care of the garbage.
I hope I have raised my son as well as my mother-n-law raised my husband. We have been married for over 36 years and he has always helped around the house. If you have children, take the time to show them how to cook, clean and do the wash. It will make them better roommates, spouses and friends.
Do you have a helper around the house?