Chilling the Chore Wars

OMAHA, NEBRASKA | Thursday, October 20, 2005

The Experts at Merry Maids Offer Tips on Peaceful Cleaning Collaboration

It's the spick and spans versus the feet-draggers. Spouses, children and roommates, as dear as they are, are often sources of frustration when it comes to who does what and how much around the house. Whether you work hard around the house or work hard at avoiding it, the experts at Merry Maids offer the following tips on saving your steam. Divide and Conquer. Agree on the front end who will do which chores. Divide according to which chores suit each person the best. Don't ever do the other's part, or they will learn that you will eventually pick up their slack. Don't take the other for granted. Pace Yourselves. Set aside time cleaning just like you would do for an important meeting, and keep the appointment. Don't try to do it all in one day. It can be very overwhelming if you do, and sometimes that will make you not even want to start. Arm the Kids for Battle. Make cleaning fun for children and have them help out. Create a game such as "sock wars" where you spray a gentle cleaner like Murphy Oil Soap´┐Ż on socks to wear on their hands as they attack base boards, lower cabinets or furniture. Requiring them to complete their chores doesn't just ease the burden - they're learning responsibility in order to reach their full potential. Hire a Professional. If all else fails, professional home cleaning services, a.k.a. relationship savers, can clean up the disorder without all the headache. To contact your local Merry Maids provider, visit

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