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.
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When I approach our shelf of candy-coloured cleaning chemicals, or take the vacuum in my hand, something happens to my attention span. It collapses in on itself like an anemone.
As a cleaner, I exhibit all the worst characteristics in any worker – I’m inefficient, tardy, lacking in initiative and I can’t concentrate on one thing long enough to get it done properly.
So that’s me. As to the other cleaner within the family, I will table the last census as Exhibit A. The census landed like an incendiary device in our household. All thanks to that one little question, which asked Person 1 (me) to calculate the average weekly hours Person 2 (him) spent on domestic work.
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