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The half dirty home...

So Hubby believes due to someone telling him at some point that it is the woman’s job to cook, clean, and take care of the kids and if he feels like it he can pitch in. I was raised on a very different note where both equally clean, cook, and take care of the kids. I would say that IF one person is not working then it is more their job to do those things but IF both parties are working it is 50-50. While I would never claim to really always do my 50 I try my best.

I tend to understand a simple concept known as the band-aid clean. This is the idea that you get things clean enough to be presentable without killing yourself in the process until such time you are able to do more. This is very important since I work full time and commute and hour each way to work. By the time I get home I am exhausted from being up and have zero energy for anything. So I band-aid clean at times to get by. I do dishes regularly and do the laundry mainly for the kiddos and myself. I let hubs get his own because I get this kids. I cook when I am able and do sandwiches sometimes. I expect Hubby to take out the trash and do the lawn. I expect everyone to pick up their own trash around the house and get dishes to the sink. I am pretty good at getting my own and kiddos stuff on most days. Hubby is a fan of the mountain of cans.

I swear he tries to see how high he can get it before it annoys me to the point I pick it up. The same with dishes. He knows that at some point I will get annoyed and pick it up. It really bothers me to no end. So I feel like I am picking up his trash, cans, dishes, and socks from random places around the house. I like a clean home but man! I am not a maid when I work a full time job as well that is not how it works.

Hubby is not devoid of cleaning ability but he likes a thorough clean. And I mean THOROUGH! We are talking hours on small rooms. Hubby spent three hours in my little artist man's room and got it looking excellent! He did a wonderful job. But then my three year old made a toothpaste floor wash as seen in "The Artist Burst Forth". A band-aid job would have worked but he was thorough.

Thoroughness in my book keeps me from having a cleaner house because if you spend too much tie in one room you don't get to the others so what is the use of only having one clean room in the house when you could have several pretty clean rooms. So as the woman I am expected to do the rest and to that I say well cleaning is 50-50 and if only one room gets clean and I am busy picking up dishes, doing dishes, doing the kids laundry, putting together the cloth dipes for the little girl, then I guess the house if 50% dirty because I am more than a full time worker and a maid and I will take time to relax when I am home.


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