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My Husband Thinks I'm a Slob

Samantha Rodman PhD | Posted 08.18.2015 | Weddings
Samantha Rodman PhD

Often, when people complain about mess, they have come from one of two possible upbringings: one where cleanliness was highly prioritized, or one which was embarrassingly messy (or even hoarded). Generally, people who very upset by messes are those who tend toward anxiety.

For Father's Day, I Will Talk Mulch to You

Alexandra Rosas | Posted 06.16.2015 | Parents
Alexandra Rosas

Beauty is always in the eye of the beholder, and found in the places where others overlook. And when you are on this side of life, as my husband and I are, you grapple with mortality. You question purpose and use of your time on earth. Or you find your answers in mulch.

5 Reasons Doing Dishes, Laundry and Cleaning Could Be Ruining Your Creative Flow

Sky Mandala Marcano | Posted 05.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Sky Mandala Marcano

I admire all the mothers and fathers who nurture and respect the home by cleaning and organizing. But some of us may benefit from letting go of a few tasks, to then benefit from being creative in other ways.

They Won't Remember the Clean Towels

Stephanie Ortiz | Posted 06.16.2015 | Parents
Stephanie Ortiz

The kids were gone for a few hours, and when they finally returned, their smiles were bright, and their cheeks were glowing... from both the sun and the massive ice cream cones they'd eaten. And I'd missed it.

A Wardrobe Malfunction

Sheila Blanchette | Posted 12.12.2014 | Fifty
Sheila Blanchette

I am not much of a housekeeper. I often tell the story of the time my mother-in-law and my mother got to talking about my housekeeping skills. I don't remember exactly how it came up but their discussion ended with my mother saying, "Well she didn't get that from me."

"A Chore Thing"

Jerry Zezima | Posted 12.01.2014 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

By Jerry Zezima The late, great humorist Erma Bombeck once said, "Housework, if you do it right, can kill you." Since I am still alive, thanks to my...

I'm a Domestic Disaster: Does That Make Me a Bad Woman?

Nikki Gloudeman | Posted 10.25.2014 | Women
Nikki Gloudeman

I think I'm a pretty fun girl to have around. Yet on some level, despite my progressive ideals, I've always feared that my domestic inadequacies will prevent any man from wanting a real future with me -- when there are, presumably, Martha Stewart minions just waiting in the wings.

What Lurks Behind the Word 'Wife'?

TueNight | Posted 10.13.2014 | Women
TueNight

I surprised myself with the revelation that there has always been something about the word "wife" that bothered me deep down. It felt unequal.

Cleaning Lady Detox: How and Why I Conquered My Addiction

Lillian Duggan | Posted 10.05.2014 | Parents
Lillian Duggan

I came home from work, opened the front door, took in the near-perfect lack of dust, inhaled crisp lemony Pine Sol and thought to myself, This must be like smoking crack.

Bounty Ad Is Super Offensive to Moms

Dana Mark | Posted 05.31.2014 | Parents
Dana Mark

Ads like this one try to shame us into thinking that everything we do should be a breeze if it makes our kids happy.

17 Adorably Helpful Pets Who Double As Household Appliances

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 03.14.2014 | Green

Do you even need a vacuum, really?

One Genius Way To Stop Having The Same Old Fight

Melinda Blau | Posted 04.20.2014 | Parents
Melinda Blau

Once you see how capable, organized, thoughtful and careful your child is when you're not in charge, it might be easier to let him step out of his (and your) comfort zone at home.

The Question I Don't Want To Be Asked As A Stay-At-Home Parent

Annabel Monaghan | Posted 04.12.2014 | Parents
Annabel Monaghan

When he leaves in the morning, I'm in my pajamas and the kitchen's a mess. When he comes home at night, I'm in my pajamas and the kitchen's a mess. How can I explain to him that, though the pajamas are the same, the mess is a totally new, fresh mess?

Here's All The Proof That You Need That There's Nothing Sexier Than A Man Who Cleans

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 01.23.2014 | HuffPost Home

Gone are the days when all women were expected to be bustling domestic goddesses, while men were expected to bring home the proverbial bacon. Today, w...

10 New Year's Resolutions for Working Mothers

Liz O'Donnell | Posted 03.01.2014 | Women
Liz O'Donnell

In 2014, why not focus on the best of working motherhood? Here are 10 New Year's Resolutions to help you do just that. Don't try to tackle them all (see resolution number 10); just choose a few. Because, while we can have it all, we can't do it all.

Why I've Always Loved Doing Housework

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 02.13.2014 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

For me, the intimacy of organizing my children's closets, folding their socks, making their meals -- it was as integral to my life as their mother as watching them play sports or helping them with their homework. By performing these day-to-day tasks, I was able to gain an insight into their lives in a way that my husband couldn't.

Been There, Done That

Laverne H. Bardy | Posted 01.25.2014 | Fifty
Laverne H. Bardy

I was only married a short while when I realized something was wrong with me. It happened when I heard myself mumbling obscenities as I pushed the vacuum, powered entirely by resentment.

10 Chores That Can Help You Lose Weight

2013-02-21-grandparentslogo.jpg | Ellen Breslau | Posted 11.17.2013 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Grandparents.com Hate the idea of going to the gym or lifting weights? Then consider the chores you do every day. Do enough vacuuming,...

Two Reality Shows That Practically Clean My House for Me

Angela Jamene | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Angela Jamene

There are two shows I can turn on any time and I will start cleaning my house without even realizing I'm doing it. It may begin with wiping down a counter, but if it turns out to be a marathon, my whole kitchen will be spotless by the third episode.

6 Tools For Sharing Chores and Childcare With Your Partner

Kristin Maschka | Posted 11.24.2013 | Women
Kristin Maschka

If you would like to work more as a team with your partner, these six tools can help you get out of the rut of managing family tasks yourself so you can reap the benefits of sharing responsibility.

What's Missing From the Opt-Out Discussion

Liz O'Donnell | Posted 10.09.2013 | Women
Liz O'Donnell

All of the workplace flexibility in the world isn't going to be enough to keep talented women thriving at work, if these women don't get some more flexibility at home too.

Why Work Is 'Never Done' For Many Women

The Huffington Post | Posted 07.24.2013 | Women

More women in Europe have taken on full-time jobs in recent years, but they haven't taken any work off of their plates at home, according to new data ...

You Are Stupid if You Do Your Own Laundry

Emma Johnson | Posted 07.13.2013 | New York
Emma Johnson

I refuse to do laundry. That's a bit of an overstatement, but I really, really hate to do the wash, and I really, really hate the fold.

Work-Life Balance Does Exist, But It's Not What You Think It is

Liz O'Donnell | Posted 06.15.2013 | Parents
Liz O'Donnell

My life, like the lives of so many of the 23 million working mothers in this country, is a constant series of choices -- weighing the pros and cons of every decision I make.

Why Spouses Shouldn't Split Housework Equally

www.theatlantic.com | Posted 03.19.2013 | Weddings

Marriages should be equal, and that has to mean equal housework too. Laundry, cleaning, child care, scheduling playdates, and buying groceries—it sh...