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Cleaning Chores for the Reluctant Hubby

A 2008 Gallup poll found that women are still overwhelmingly more likely than men to handle much of the household chores.

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No one likes to clean, but in most married households, it's still the wife who does more of the cleaning chores -- and feels the guiltiest if they don't get done. To be sure, husbands have stepped up their game in the housework department in the past half century, but before you dismiss the reluctant hubby as a cultural relic best left to ladies' magazines from the 1950s, consider this: A 2008 Gallup poll found that women are still overwhelmingly more likely than men to handle laundry, cleaning, cooking, childcare, grocery shopping, dishwashing and bill paying, while men more often handle yard work and car maintenance.

If that list sounds as unbalanced to you as it does to us, it may be time to work with your partner to come up with a plan that breaks cleaning tasks into manageable chunks that make housekeeping tolerable (nobody said fun!) for both of you. We can't promise any miracles, but we do have some ideas for five cleaning chores to help you get your reluctant spouse on board.

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