You went from divvying up wedding duties, to now trying to figure out how to split house chores with your spouse. There are a few of us out there that may think the wife is required to do chores, and that may be true in some households. Depending on how your marriage dynamic is. Definitely okay if wife is not working, but even then, men should always pitch in and vice versa. This is mainly for those households where both wife and husband work. Here are some ideas to keep everything fair.
1. Decide who prefers to do what. One person would rather clean the bathroom over the kitchen, play to each other’s preferences. It will make this a lot easier.
2. Switch off every day. “Today is my day to clean the kitchen.” Keep track of it on a calendar that you both can see.
3. Can’t decide who is going to wash the dishes? Think about who made dinner, the other person should be responsible for clean-up. You could also try drawing out of a hat, or the old rock-paper-scissors.
4. If spouse had a horrible day, offer to do some extra chores. Remember to give each other a break once in a while.
5. Practice “if you see it, fix it.” Cleaning up throughout the day brings some of that stress off you and your spouse’s backs later on, after work. If you see that the trash is getting full in the bathroom, take it out, despite who’s “turn” it may be.
These are just some simple ways of dividing up those chores. There are probably 100 more things you can do. Marriage is all about team work, so remember that as you’re chasing away those dust bunnies.