Let’s face it, house cleaning is a chore that most women end up doing and most men end up shirking. Show me a man who regularly helps to clean up and I’ll show you a woman with a gun to his head. Getting your man to clean is a difficult task but not insurmountable. Here are 7 ways to get your man to participate in regular house cleaning.
1. Ask Him Nicely to Clean up
It may seem like an obvious tip but have you actually ever asked him nicely to clean up? Chances are, you’ve been seeing so much of his junk lying around that by the time you finally see his face, this splurge of irritation comes forth in the form of yelling and nagging. Before you begin any more serious attempts to get him to do some house cleaning, try asking him nicely to help. It just might work.
2. Offer Something in Exchange for Cleaning up
It is a well-known fact that men are motivated by three things – sex, food and entertainment, although the order varies with the man. So maybe next time he leaves his shoes lying around and his clothes strewn around tell him that if he cleans up, you will make him his favorite pot roast. Even better ask him to clean up while dangling your latest Victoria’s Secret purchase in front of him.
3. Threaten to Withhold Something He Really Likes
If the bartering doesn’t work, maybe it’s time to threaten him. If he’s a regular golfer, tell him you’ve got a plan with the girls and need him to watch the kids on his golf day. As he begs and pleads for you to reschedule, slip in a ‘clean up’ condition. He’ll probably be so desperate to catch his round he’ll do anything.
4. Make the Threat a Reality
For the truly stubborn man, sometimes you have to make the threat a reality. Only you know your man and his motivations best so decide which of the three – sex, food or entertainment – he would absolutely hate to go without. Then don’t give it to him. It could result in a cold war between the two of you, but hold your ground.
5. Stop Cleaning up after Him
Ultimately no man likes to come home to a messy house. They like their women keeping their living areas neat and tidy. So just stop doing it. Let the junk accumulate and when it reaches its peak, invite his boss over for a meal. That should get him scurrying to clean up.
6. Hold a Yard Sale and Sell His Beloved Junk
For the truly frustrated woman, resorting to the almost unthinkable can be the only solution. Pick up all the junk he constantly leaves around and hold a yard sale. When he comes home and finds his favorite things gone, he will learn a lesson for a lifetime.
7. Appreciate Him when He Helps out
Last but not least, appreciate your man when he does participate in house cleaning. It’s easy to feel like he should be doing it so why should he be appreciated. That is true but you really will catch more bees with honey so show a little sugar and you’ll probably get a lot more out of him.
Getting your man to clean up is a delicate combination of subtle manipulation and hardcore mental warfare. Hold your ground and keep at it. Soon you will have a converted man and a happier relationship.
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