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Around our house, we share the chores.

Some days it's equally shared.  Some days, it isn't.

He has his list of things that he does and I have my list that I do.  If one isn't around to do the chore, we try to have the other pick up the slack, but sometimes that easier said than done.

What are his chores?

Watering the lawn
Weeding the beds
Triming all shrubs & trees
Kitty Litter box (currently)
Cleaning the cars
Keeping the garage clean

What are my chores?

Laundry - doing & folding
The rest of the bathroom
Picking up the dog poop
Feeding the William & giving him his meds
Emptying the diaper genies
Mopping the floors
Washing the rugs

What are the shared chores?

Taking care of Toby
Taking out the trash (on trash day)
Taking out the recycling (from counter to bin in the garage)
Putting gas in the cars
Grocery shopping
Making the beds

We've tried to have chore lists, where we check mark things throughout the week to see that they are being done.  We've tried to just log when things are done, weekly, to see that one of us is doing something to keep the house together and we've tried to just have one cleaning day where we both are cleaning at the same time and cranking it out.

Whatever method we use, it always seems that something changes in our schedules and we aren't able to keep the same routine for more than a week.  Maybe that's my fault.  Maybe it's his fault.  Maybe it's no one's fault.  Maybe we need a cleaning lady.  Maybe we don't.  Who knows.

Either way, chores are a chore around these parts and I hate it.

I have to continually tell myself, that these things will get done when we have time.  And that the quote above is how I should live.  I can't dwell on what isn't being done.

How do the chores work in your house?


abkdesign said…
We share chores too (although I'm not much help right now). I feel lucky because my husband is a huge help and since we both work we have to both do them. I once had a cleaning lady and LOVED her- now that we have moved and our house is a tad bigger I know she will charge me more and I think to myself... I rather spend that money on something in my home or doing something with the family- so for now we will share the chores.
Sassytimes said…
I'm a complete clean freak, even more so since having kids, especially in the winter (ewww..germs!), but we just do what we can with what time we have on hand. With that, we share chores. My husband handles everything car related and everything outside. I handle most things inside the house, but he is very willing to help whenever I need anything done. I cook most nights, he cleans up. We just share the load and help each other out...chores are awful and the more we both help, the quicker things get done and the cleaner the house stays. ;)

He keeps suggesting we get a cleaning lady after baby #3 to save us some time, but I can't imagine a stranger cleaning my house the way I like it cleaned. ...or maybe I just can't imagine a stranger wandering through my home. Either way, I don't see myself jumping on that train anytime soon. If the house is a mess for a little while until we adjust, than so be it.
Lyndz said…
I stay home so I do inside chores, aside from cooking dinner ( I hate to cook he loves to cook) He does the outdoor chores! We share care of pets and baby!
trish said…
I work. A lot. And so does my husband. We do what we can BUT clutter is always around. We are in a small house with many kids so I could spend my time cleaning all the time but instead, we don't sweat it. Kids come first. Spur of the moment picnics. Ice cream store trips. A game of Chutes and Ladders. etc. I don't worry about it as much as I used to - we have just learned to do our best, make the kids pitch in and ask for help when we need it.

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