Help with housework

  1. I am just wondering how much your husband helps with housework? I do everthing now but I have decided to delegate some responsibilities to him.
    A friend told me her husband is responsible for the kitchen floor each week.
    Any suggestions to lessen my load besides hiring a maid?
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  2. 17 Comments

  3. by   Flynurse
    Sorry, but I'm afraid this is an ongoing battle throughout the world between man and woman.
    We "argue" about who did what all of the time. Nonetheless, it all gets done any way you put it.
  4. by   RNonsense
    This little sign hangs in my kitchen...has been useless so far. This dispute is as old as time itself I'm sure!
  5. by   KaroSnowQueen
    My husband does NADA.
    Grown son does very little.
    Grown daughter does very little.
    Therefore I do whatever I'm in the mood for. Someday they will all either move out or die. THEN I can have a clean house.
  6. by   NRSKarenRN
    I have a wonderful husband of 27 years who shines and polishes my house. He'd take two weeks vacation every year before Christmas to get ready for the holidays. Just wish Christmas occured monthly.

    He used to work 7-3PM; I work 9-5:30, rarely home before 6:30PM. This work pattern started at 19 years of marriage. He now will start dinner prep of preplaned meals as by 7 PM his stomach is rummbling when waiting me to cook from scratch.
    Gave him the job of checkbook last year after 20+ years due to complaints of receiving calls re late payments---decided his turn to decide what to delay as he went on spree to fast food places with boys 3-4 x week and not enough in checkbook. He does the grocery shopping from my prepared list--I computerized it so just print out as he had hard time reading my nurses type abbreviations.

    In exchange, I am now the major breadwinner since his company closed last year after 26 years employment and he's unable to find equal employment. I assist in chauffering, cook major meals on weekends and make sure kids get to events, doctor visits etc. and spend some time watching shows he loves (but I secretly hate). We've been able to keep the family together. My iron is now seen pressing shirts and pants after years of dormancy.

    Some of the best advice my mother-in-law gave me after birth of my sons was to have them participate in running of the home. I've taught them how to cook, clean, do laundry, and have time with my dad to learn how to repair things (he has apartment building). They understand that FAMILY helps run the home just not one person. When they leave our home over the next few years, they should be able to manage themselves and their apartment/home.
  7. by   Mattigan
    Nobody does a damn thing to help in my house... oh wait...I am the only person who lives there.
  8. by   NurseShell
    well...except for this weekend ...I only get a little help. I do the majority of cleaning...I get help with "straightening" and there is a HUGE difference between the two. Hubby cleans the garage and the yard...the house is mostly my resp. The kids have "chores" but they don't CLEAN - I do that...and it sucks sometimes. We tried a maid about a year ago and she didn't work out...too much money, not that great of a job done...sigh...so here I am...
  9. by   Mkue
    My husband does 80% more than what he used to... after all these years.. he actually loaded our dishwasher the other day, bless his heart , it's just taken him many years to come around:chuckle
  10. by   CountrifiedRN
    I ask and ask for help with the housework. I have two teens and a husband that are capable of helping, but usually only pitch in when 1) they want something and are trying to soften me up, or 2) I finally lose it temporarily and throw a fit. Then they all scramble to get it done, I guess because they wonder who would do the grocery shopping and make food for them if I actually did go off the deep end.

    I have been "on strike" for the past few weeks, my house looks like a tornado went through it, and guess who this bothers? No one but me. So this week, during my spring break, I will be spring cleaning, because I give up. It's SO not fair!

  11. by   MelRN13
    My hunny is currently receiving unemployment (got laid off before Xmas) so he does everything.......except the laundry, because he folds clothes inside out and hangs up t-shirts...
  12. by   Rapheal
    Oh how I hate it when my family "helps". They try, they really, really try. But in no way, in no form should they be allowed to attempt any household chore.
    There has been mass destruction, furniture has been bruised and battered. China sets have suffered collaterol damage. Clothes have turned up missing! I have met the helping enemy, and it is them.
  13. by   RNsweetie
    Originally posted by Mattigan
    Nobody does a damn thing to help in my house... oh wait...I am the only person who lives there.
    Too funny :roll
  14. by   NurseShell
    Originally posted by TeleNurse_02
    My hunny is currently receiving unemployment (got laid off before Xmas) so he does everything.......except the laundry, because he folds clothes inside out and hangs up t-shirts...
    I have decided that it is DELIBERATE!! they CAN do it, they just choose not to do it!!! I remember when we were first together hubby pitch a holy h*ll fit cuz I folded his dang jeans wrong...so I learned his way. HOWEVER, that man cannot/will not fold my things the way I want them folded!!! Pizzes me off!!! how hard is this?!?!? Duh!

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