I never use the word chore in our house. My kids are not old enough to do them yet and when I think of the word it brings back teenage memories of me not wanting to take out the garbage! No matter what word I use, I clean all the same. I just do it and for the most part I don’t think I complain too much. (My girlfriends are probably reading this and thinking, ‘uh, you just griped the other day!’) Well I don’t remember, so there!
Do you divide your chores? We really do not in our house. I suppose you could say my husband does the ‘manly’ stuff like taking out the garbage and mowing the lawn. He’ll wipe up the toilets (thanks to the disposable wipes) and do the dishes if I ask. It does help having an open living room so he can see the television. He cooks and will iron his shirts (I am horrible at ironing). I guess he does do a lot more than I give him credit for and will do any task that I ask, and not nag, him to complete!
Scrubbing Bubbles completed their own research and found that women think they do it all! I know I sure do or did. The research also showed that men do help around the house but are not getting recognition for their efforts. They partnered with John Gray, who wrote ‘Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus’ to discuss with couples the roles of chores in the house. I included a paragraph of the survey results, which I found extremely interesting. You can view the full survey on the Scrubbing Bubbles Facebook page under Scrubby’s Solutions.
Cleaning for the 21st Century: A Balancing Act
The foundation of a family begins at home so managing home life – including cleaning – is essential to families’ happiness. How families deal with household chores either strengthens the partnership or creates a divide. Gray offers this advice for creating the best atmosphere at home:
1. Define the roles: It’s important to identify all the household chores and discuss who will have ownership of each.
2. Discuss expectations: The results showed that women don’t trust men to meet their standards of clean. Gray recommends that women actually show men how they want the house cleaned and that couples discuss what clean means to each of them.
3. Look for time-saving cleaning tools: Stock your home with cleaning products that are easy to use and efficient. For example, use Scrubbing Bubbles® Automatic Shower Cleaner and Scrubbing Bubbles® One Step Toilet Bowl Cleaner. These products make the tough tasks easier so anyone in the family can help clean.
4. Remember to say thank you: Whether or not the bathroom shines the way you want, don’t forget to say thank you for making the effort.
Scrubbing Bubbles is also excited to announce they are giving one lucky reader an assortment of products! Make sure you say thanks to the person you have use them!