WANT to skive off household chores? Do these just-about-tolerable ones to show you’re doing your bit while your partner gets stuck with properly shit tasks.
Do the cooking, but leave the washing up
Cooking really is not that bad, particularly when you can dirty as many pans, bowls and utensils as you like, safe in the knowledge that it will be your partner doing the washing up. That’s far more of a pain in the arse, but you’ve cooked a ‘lovely’ meal so they can’t touch you.
Wash the outside of the car. Ignore the inside
On a sunny day, it’s almost enjoyable to get outside and give the car a good wash while humming away tunelessly. However the inside means getting the hoover and extension lead out and struggling to clean hard-to-reach areas where the kids have dropped all sorts of disgusting gunk. Leave that to your loved one.
Hoover the carpeted rooms, then mention the tiled floors
Scooting around a carpeted room with a hoover need only take a few minutes. But mention that the kitchen floor and bathroom still need to be done, requiring someone to scrub away at a grubby, sticky surface with a mop or get on their knees and wipe the floor. How fortunate that you have already done your bit.
Wipe the surfaces, avoid the fridge and oven
Hell would have to freeze over before you’d scrub the grime-coated oven clean, or go through the ordeal of emptying out the fridge to clean the shelves and sides. Make sure to wipe the more accessible kitchen surfaces before sitting down looking exhausted and asking your partner: ‘Is it just me, or is the fridge a bit smelly?’
Put the washing machine on, then ask if the wash might have finished
Dumping an overfilled washing basket into the machine is relatively easy. But make a big fuss about it, then as you hear the cycle end, ask your partner if they think it’s finished yet. When they go to check, your trap is sprung and you won’t be the one faffing around with the clothes horse and trying to cram five jumpers onto a couple of radiators.