Pretending You Cleaned the House

Pine-Solved my marital discord.

Pine-Solved my marital discord.

If you work from home or are a housewife, and your husband works an outside job, there are inevitably going to be times when your husband is not so happy you are working from home and he is out “slaving away”.

After all, he is:

*Working a real job

*Bringing home money and therefore “contributing” to the family

*Doing “everything”

*Not just sitting on his butt

*Tired because he doesn’t get it easy and stay home with the kids all day

In addition to being such a saint for working his butt off, he could:

*Keep this house cleaner with almost no effort

*Put together a decent meal every night

*Find time to please his spouse (He’d never be too tired, because staying home is easy. Duh!)

*Spend a lot less on groceries

*Straighten these kids out

*Even train the dog better

Wow! Isn’t he amazing?

Needless to say, our husbands can be fairly clueless when it comes to realizing what we actually do to keep a household running. Since many of us “crabby housewives” also work from home, either babysitting or doing other jobs, that means even less time to do the tasks hubbies think should be at the top of our list.

In my almost twenty years of marriage, I have found that life is more pleasant when my husband at least “thinks” that I have cleaned the house. What better way to “prove” it than to make it smell clean? About fifteen to twenty minutes before he walks in the door, simply pour a bit of Pine-Sol (I like lemon best, but pine works well too) on a sponge and place it in the kitchen sink. You may also want to dab just a tiny bit around the frame of the door he walks through.

If you are swamped with work, kids activities and just don’t have time to do much that day, you can easily get by with a dash and stash and this Pine-Sol trick. Just don’t get into the habit of only pretending you cleaned the house and never really cleaning it or his statement about being able to “keep this house cleaner” will come true.

If you work from home or are a housewife, and your husband works an outside job, there are inevitably going to be times when you

r husband is not so happy you are working from home and he is out “slaving away”.

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Crabby Housewife

Crabby Housewife

Lori is a full-time housewife and writer, living in the Midwest with her husband of 27 years - they have two daughters. They have a house full of pets and her house is never quite perfect.