5 "Man Chores" That Will Get Him To Do Housework

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Advice on how to divide housework. First tip? Get him to do man chores!

In today's piece "13 Male Habits The World Could Do Without," number 13 includes "pleaning," defined as "cleaning something so poorly we're prompted to say, 'Man, this was a piss-poor cleaning.'"

Love Buzz is quite familiar with this phenomenon: man says he'll clean his mess in the kitchen. Man spends some time with Windex and paper towels and proclaims said room spotless. When you go in five minutes later to retrieve the hummus from the fridge you find grease on the stove, crumbs on the floor, and pieces of… something, stuck the counter. When questioned, man says, "It looks clean to me!"

According to Simon Oaks, author of Will Marry for Food, Sex and Laundry, men aren't wired for certain chores. He cites the (made-up) proverb: "Give a man a clean kitchen and he'll make a mess of the place after one meal. Teach a man to clean a kitchen and you'll probably have to clean up after him anyway." Read "Chores for Two: Why Men Don't Pitch In"

So how do you handle housework when one of you is a repeat pleaning offender? Oaks devotes a whole chapter of his book to this; here are a few highlights.

1. Ask him do "man chores." These include things that are dangerous (climbing a ladder to clean the gutters), require tools (pruning the bushes with a chain saw) or have obvious results (putting up shelves. Bonus here, since he can use a power drill.) If he does some heavy lifting (literally and metaphorically) you might feel better about doing the more detail-oriented tasks. Read "Advice on Divvying up Household Chores"

2. Trick him into helping out. You've split the tasks and still find yourself doing more? Turn regular old housework into a man chore. Let him choose a replacement for your new vacuum—one that has three speeds and detachable parts. Or ask him to clean the bathroom using dangerous chemicals.