Advice to Those Living With Others

If you live with others, whether it be your parents, your spouse, room mates….doesn’t matter WHO….here’s a few bits of advice for you to chew on:

  1. If you see the toilet is getting yellow, at the very least, grab the scrub brush and swish it around a little. If you really want to be a helpful human being, use some kind of cleaner in the toilet, even if it’s just vinegar. Don’t brag about what you have done to help.
  2. If you see the kitchen floor in need of a good sweep, it won’t kill you to grab the broom and dust pan and give it a good once over. Takes but a few minutes. Don’t brag about what you have done to help.
  3. If the carpets are in need of vacuuming, it isn’t going to kill you to vacuum. Doesn’t take long to clean up and make the room presentable again. Don’t brag about what you have done to help.
  4. If dishes need to be washed or put away, do it. It won’t kill you. Just be sure to use dish soap and get the damn things clean. Don’t brag about what you have done to help.
  5. If the living room or your bedroom or the office, etc., are in need of a bit of tidying, then tidy-up, you slob. It won’t kill you to help. Don’t brag about what you have done to help. 
  6. If you fix yourself something to eat, clean up after yourself. By that, I do NOT mean push the crumbs off onto the floor or toss the dishes in the sink. I mean, WIPE the counter clean with a cloth, wash your little dab of dishes or put them in the dishwasher. Don’t brag about what you have done to help.
  7. Don’t wait for someone else to be doing the chore and then ask, “Do you want me to do that?” or “Do you want me to help with something?” And whatever you do, don’t proclaim, “I was going to do that!” because seriously, if you were going to do it you would have done it already! You’re not fooling anyone!
  8. Oh and did I mention, Do not brag about what you have done to help!? You can pitch in and do your share because you live there too! Your mom, sister, daughter, brother, friend, etc., were NOT put on this earth to clean up after you. Do your share! You live there too! Period!

I guess all I’m trying to say here is, get off your butt and do your part in maintaining a house, a home, that you share with others. You can work all day and be tired when you get home, but just a few minutes to at least try to help out at the end of the day will mean a lot to the others you share a space with. Your days off can be for goofing around, going to the gym, playing video games, taking the dogs to the park, etc., but it won’t hurt YOU to do a little to help tidy-up the space you share with others. It’s not fair to expect one person to do it all when all of you share in making the messes.

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