4. Ignore the Crocodile Tears
If your Spring Cleaning list feels daunting because you’re the only one doing it, it’s time to take a stand and demand those that live with you do their fair share.
Despite the fact that over 50% of US Households are dual income and women make up 47% of the workforce, most women still end up doing the majority of the cleaning, regardless of the season. Even in households that claim to be more progressive, women are still made to be the project manager, taking on the mental load of figuring out every domestic task needed and then delegating it in tiny chunks to hapless spouses and roommates that demand careful instructions and gold stars of praise for even the smallest effort.
If you’ve been made the project manager of your home’s hygiene, it’s time to give your employees a promotion. One last time, create a list of Spring cleaning tasks and enter them into a spreadsheet which can be used for years going forward.
In the spreadsheet, add columns for tasks, due dates, and assignees, then print it out for everyone to fill in. Tasks may be outsourced, but make it clear that everyone needs to sign up and take responsibility for an equal amount of outsourced and DIY tasks (modify expectations based on age as needed).
If your roommates, spouse, or children blubber that they don’t know what they are doing, how to figure out who to hire, or are simply too busy, ignore the crocodile tears and remind them that ovaries are not pre-programmed with cleaning instructions and you figured it out just fine, so they can too. Youtube exists, use it.
Before you even ask, yes all of this applies even to households with a stay-at-home parent. Stay-at-home parents already put in a 96 hour workweek cooking, cleaning, providing childcare, chauffeuring services, shopping, bill paying, and more, which totals over $180,000 in salary value, so yes they’re entitled and need to delegate Spring cleaning tasks to the fellow members of the household that helped make the messes too.