This Mother's Day, if you’re stocking up on flowers and Hallmark cards but aren’t familiar with cleaning accountability, I can assure you that you are letting your mom down again, even though she loves you too much to say it. Real love is about caring for and respecting the person, not just the countless things they do for you.
For Mother's Day this year, let's shift the focus from the services moms provide to the incredible women they are beneath those deeds of devotion. I'm Melissa Homer, a cleaning expert, and a mom, and today I'm inviting you to join me in giving the most thoughtful and transformative gift of all: cleaning accountability.
For far too long, women have shouldered the bulk of domestic duties, even in a modern world where most households are dual-income, and women comprise half of the workforce. Taking cleaning accountability means recognizing that cleaning isn’t "mom's job," with her acting as project manager while everyone else acts like clueless interns. It's about admitting that every person who lives in a space contributes to the mess and has a responsibility to clean up after themselves. It’s time for everyone to accept a long-overdue promotion.
This Mother's Day, I challenge you to offer a gift that truly matters: the gift of cleaning accountability. Commit to doing your part because it’s yours, not because you expect brownie points for doing Mom a favor.
Remember, it only feels like a favor because you believe you are relieving her of a burden that belongs to her. Accountability means admitting that the burden was always yours, and you're finally taking it back, which feels far less gold star worthy. Don’t feel too guilty, though, as you’re not alone, and I’m here to help you take your cleaning burden back and do it right!