Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Chore Wars

To avoid the chore wars in your home, try the following:

1) Assign appropriate chores. Each partner should be assigned a task they enjoy doing, or are good at. This can greatly reduce the “resentment factor.”

2) Consider compliments. Nagging never works! Compliment your partner when he/she does something you appreciate. This increases the chances that they’ll do it again.

3) Start small — couples can be overwhelmed by the large amount of chores that need to be done in the home. So break it down. Do a little bit at a time. It all adds up.

4) Enlist the troops … make it a family affair. Get everyone to help out and then reward yourselves with something fun!

5) Don’t keep a scoreboard about who does the most. Try to balance the list and keep things fair.

6) Clean and burn calories. Turn up the music and make it an aerobic activity.

And finally, every so often you have to:

7) Just do it. As you know, sometimes cleaning won’t be fun, but it is a necessary part of life. A clean home has a better chance at being a happy home … so clean away and make your home sparkle and shine!

This article originally appeared on care.com.

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