LIFE & STYLE

Can Fixing A Messy House Help Relationships?

By Judi Light Hopson, Emma H. Hopson and Ted Hagen
Tribune News Service

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Can a good clean up freshen your relationship as well?  Judi, Emma, and Ted (our favorite wellness experts) suggest looking for five-minute chores you can do quickly and consistently. 

Tribune News Service

Are you upset about the toys, books, clothes and other stuff strewn about your house? Do neglected sinks, bathtubs, and floors give you a depressed feeling?

Most of us feel much better when our homes are clean, sparkling, and ready for guests to show up. If yours isn’t, don’t despair.

A busy lifestyle is forcing most of us to do less cleaning, stay on the computer a lot, and fight for a moment to relax or enjoy family time.

“I feel like a failure when my husband or kids can’t find clean socks or clean towels,” says a friend of ours we’ll call Mary Beth. “I work a lot, so I feel like the grime is building up. It’s affecting our happiness and our lifestyle. I’m drowning.”

She goes on to say that tubs of toys, a garage full of junk, piles of clothes all over the place, and books piled next to chairs are destroying her spirit. “I feel like I need a shovel to dig my way out of this avalanche!”

Keep in mind that almost every person and every family experiences this problem sooner or later. But, the solution is not that hard. Start looking for five-minute chores you can do quickly and consistently.

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