It is hard enough for some people to build up the motivation required to take care of cleaning the house. Many people have such an abiding hatred of housework, that they wait until there is no alternative but to start cleaning up. Cleaning the house can be made even harder by family members who feel that it is their right to make comments and suggestions. Often masked under a joking exterior, some comments can make life harder for the person who is taking the time to clean the house.
What to Avoid Saying to Someone While They Are Cleaning the House: You Missed a Spot!
It might seem very comical to tell your spouse or significant other that they have missed a spot, but for the one cleaning, this can be rather frustrating. After spending a long time working on a room by dusting, vacuuming and tidying up, the last thing anyone wants to hear is that they have missed a spot. This will only undermine the work that they have put in to make the room look clean and tidy.
What to Avoid Saying to Someone While They Are Cleaning the House: You’re Actually Cleaning?
Family members should avoid making this remark. It implies that the person who is cleaning is lazy and regularly shirks household chores in favor of other pursuits. While the person is cleaning, do not get under their feet and continue to joke about how they rarely touch the vacuum cleaner and how it has been months since they mopped the kitchen floor. The chances are that the person will feel very discouraged and just give up.
What to Avoid Saying to Someone While They Are Cleaning the House: While You’re at It, Can You Iron My Shirt?
If you notice that your spouse or significant other is otherwise engaged in the kitchen or the utility room, do not interrupt what they are doing and ask them to make a start on something new such as ironing a shirt for you. While some people are good at multi-tasking and do not mind taking on more chores, many others would rather accomplish what they are currently working on before they shift onto the next task before them.
When you notice that your spouse or significant other has made a start on some housework, resist the urge to make a joke out of what they are doing. If you want to be useful, roll up your sleeves and get stuck in. Two pairs of hands will get the household chores done a lot quicker!