A simple remedy for all domestic cleaning disputes
There are three golden rules for creating a harmonious domestic life.
1. Spare yourself the results of surveys from cleaning companies professing to offer insight into the state of Australian relationships.
2. Any cleaning task worth arguing about can be solved with a lined piece of paper and a marker pen - just make a list and divide it up.
3. Be honest about your capabilities and don’t be afraid to outsource.
Everything else is just background noise, designed to sell a product or two or aggravating waffle that’s used between songs on commercial radio. Take for example, the latest results from cleaning company Enjo that found one in five women still fight their partners over who does what in terms of housework.
Apparently, who does the vacuuming is the cause of most arguments in Australian households. And that a man will go to great lengths to give the impression he’s spent the afternoon cleaning, even placing strategic bottles of cleaning fluid around the house, when really he’s just been watching TV.
But to that I say, really? Because, at the risk of outing a handful of close friends, I can think of several domestic arrangements, where it’s the man who makes more of a consistent effort around the house.
Like, the friend who has been banned from vacuuming inside the house because of how badly she scratched the new floor boards - installed three months ago. Or the acquaintance whose partner will not let her anywhere near the kitchen for fear of the mess she makes by simply toasting bread. Or the girlfriend who was asked one recent night, “Why do you never cook, again?”
But the majority of couples I know have a shared cleaning routine. Either one person does the cooking, the other the washing up, or one person cleans the floors, while the other person does the bathrooms and/or folds the laundry.
Then there’s the inside versus outside argument. He does the car, the garbage, the laundry, the dog and cat feeding and cleaning. She does the cooking and vacuuming and re-arranging.
Or the people with children who fight each other to be the one to take their offspring to the park while the other spends an hour cleaning everything in sight.
And then there are the really, really smart people who decide from the outset to outsource everything and just get a cleaner.
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