Husband and Housework: Getting Him to Help

6. Get mischievous
"I had a boyfriend once who kept throwing his dirty underwear on the floor. After asking him over and over again to put his things in the hamper, I would throw out anything he threw on the floor. Pretty soon he had no underwear! I think he learned." -- Harriet

7. Make ultimatums
"The biggest problem in my 20-year marriage is that my husband is a couch potato. However, out of desperation, I have told him that he is going to do his own laundry and ironing. He does it, but not very often. But it is something that I don't have to worry about -- if he doesn't have clean underwear it doesn't affect me in any way. These are things I just don't do at all. If I want him to pitch in I just say, 'This is your job, I'm not doing it anymore!'" -- R.Giefer

8. Butter him up
"I never moan. I just say, very sweetly and politely, 'Honey, I know you are busy' or 'Honey, I know it's your day off, but can you help me here? I really need a strong pair of arms like yours.' My grandmother said to all of us, 'You get more bees with honey than vinegar.' Boy, ain't that the truth!" -- Carmen

9. Accept and be merry
"If you married a slob or someone with low energy thinking that you can change him, it doesn't work that way. You are stuck. So enjoy those super-clean nesting days, and don't sweat the small stuff. Have you heard of the saying, 'Boring women live in spotless homes?'" -- twayes5

10. Find good help
"As a last resort, if you are both working and busy with careers and kids, hire someone to come in and do at least some of the work. I am now a working mother, and I would rather have someone come and clean my house twice a month than go out to every lunch. I need a clean house, and this is the best way I know how to do it on a limited budget and still keep my sanity." -- Fern

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