With both My Love and I working outside the home full time, carting two kids to various activities, running errands, making meals, spending quality time with the kids and squeezing in a little time for each other or ourselves, our home
sometimes usually suffers from neglect. Dishes pile up in or around the sink, floors are covered with a crumb carpet, mountains of laundry take up valuable space on the couch, toy land mines make it impossible to walk through common areas, etc. Does this sound at all familiar or are we the only ones?
The problem is that after a long day, we are pretty exhausted and the last thing My Love or I want to do is spend another hour or two cleaning up. But, if we don't tidy up, the problem gets worse because now there are more dishes, toys, laundry, etc. to deal with. Then, there is the whole issue of frustration and resentment if one of us works on cleaning up and feels the other isn't really carrying their weight or if one has an expectation that the other will take care of completing a task that just doesn't get done.
We used to argue about why the house was a mess, who was responsible for what, who's spent more time cleaning, who dropped the ball, etc . But, we wizened up recently and decided to divide and conquer by assigning tasks. We made a list of what needed to happen regularly to keep our house tidy and then divided up the work.
You guys know I love to make lists so, naturally, I made a fun little His & Hers To Do List to keep us on track.