So, what do my wife and I fight about? The big things like sex, money, and the kids? Nah, that would be too easy, too typical. We fight about a clean house including the dog-hair, where the dishes go, the vacuuming, wiping off the counters, folding the laundry, and the kid’s messy rooms. Oh, and making the bed with ALL those pillows!
I was a 24/7 single dad to my two boys and two dogs for several years. During those years, I lapsed in the area of clean house. There were more pressing things to deal with, in my opinion. Dating again, for one thing. And, more seriously, the emotional fall-out to my boys because of their (biological) mom abandoning them.
We had a weekly housekeeper. She vacuumed, dusted, did the toilets, changed our sheets, laundered them, and more. We did laundry occasionally, when there was nothing left clean. And, we did use the dishwasher. But, surviving the emotional fall-out, for the three of us, made doing the cleaning chores low on our priority list plus, to be honest, we didn’t care all that much.
Enter my future wife. We had moved, after selling our big house due to the divorce, and we’d never unpacked all the boxes and the garage was completely full. My wife has been trying to civilize us ever since. Quite a task and, truly, the only thing we regularly argue about. We’re all boys/guys and we truly don’t give a hoot about it other than we care about how my wife feels so, we try. But, what do I know; I’m just a guy.