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Organizing 911: what to do if your significant other is a slob!

posted by Sarah on June 8, 2009 | print article | e-mail to a friend
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  • kat

    i’m the slob in the relationship 🙁 that’s why i need all the help i can get in getting organized! at least i can recognize that change is needed 🙂

  • Eva Wallace

    Good post! I’ll have to give # 2 and 3 a try.

  • Michael S

    Wow! I really like these tips. I’m generally the one in our house who is the cleaner. My wife does some stuff to clean up, and she’s sometimes the “tornado.” I appreciate the tip on dropping the martyr complex…in the words of an afternoon TV psychiatrist, that route hasn’t been “workin’ for me.” I think tip #3 is great! Every one has blind spots that need to be worked on in our lives. I think it’s a good practice, if both parties can agree.

    Thanks for the article!

  • Lauren

    Love this article! I can attest that #3 definitely works. My fiancé and I have come to a great arrangement- I do all cooking (when I have time) and he cleans up the kitchen & dishes. He loves when I cook, and I hate a messy kitchen, so we are both happy and living in a little less mess.

  • Ashleigh

    Hey Kathleen,

    I am the messy one in the house most times too. Dishes and laundry are the culprit on 99.9 percent of our arguments. However, we always say that if housework is the worst of our problems, then we are a pretty lucky couple!

    Here’s what has worked best for us- think of picking up as a respectful courtesy to your family. While it will never be “fun” for you (oddly, Brett finds cleaning theraputic and enjoyable- I will never feel that way while vacuuming) you have to approach it with the mindset that you are helping each other out.

    We have definitely found that the more we “Team Up” on projects and cleaning, the more productive, organized, and happy we are with our home and each other.

    Hope this helps!

  • Rebecca

    Cleaning, organization, de-cluttering, straightening up, going through boxes upon boxes of junk just are not in DH’s vocabulary. He honestly could care less. It makes it difficult to deal with at times. I’m not a neatnik, in fact I’m a clutterbug myself, but I do like to have a handle on things.

  • Christina W.

    I love the idea of Quid Pro Quo, but DH would invariably choose something I don’t want to change (like singing in the grocery store, which he finds terribly embarassing!)

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