November 27, 2023


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How to stop fighting about household chores & get s#%t done!

Are you tired of arguing with your partner over household chores? Do you find yourself stuck in a never-ending cycle of frustration and resentment? According to Yelp, 80% of surveyed adults living with a partner have disagreements about housework. Surprised? You shouldn’t be. If you've ever found yourselves in a standoff over whose turn it is to vacuum or why the laundry is still not folded, you're not alone.


What may seem like a spat about a dirty dish is often a conversation filled with loaded messages.

Fighting about household chores are rarely just about the chores themselves. Experts suggest that disputes around chores often communicate underlying dynamics like how much you think your partner cares about you, expectations around gender roles, and a desire for recognition. Reflect on your relationship. Are there unequal power balances at play or emotional dissatisfaction in other areas of your relationship?


If you’re stuck in a cycle where fights about chores seem to be a repeating theme, PAUSE.

Dr. Heather Z. Lyons, a licensed couples counselor at the Baltimore Therapy Group, advises taking a 'cool-down' period to identify what's triggering you. Are you feeling unappreciated or unsupported? Recognizing the underlying emotions can help guide a more productive and empathetic conversation with your partner.

The crucial next step is opening the lines of communication. How you approach this can make all the difference. Experts recommend approaching the conversation calmly and with openness. Be willing to hear your partner's side and seek to understand their perspective, no matter how frustrated you may be feeling. It's not about 'winning' but about acknowledging each other’s feelings and arriving at a solution that works for you both as a team.

Some tactical approaches to GET S#%t DONE:


Organizational experts like Sasha Mogensen suggest the idea of a chore chart. Sit down together and list out the tasks that need doing, assigning them fairly. Having a physical list that both can see takes away the guesswork and sets clear expectations.


Meaghan Dawson recommends using a 'code word' like "same team" to instantly defuse tensions and refocus on your common goals. Couples can also set a 'group reward,' like a special date night, as an incentive for completing the week's chores together.


Simple gratitude can go a long way. Thank your partner for their efforts, even if you think they missed a spot. This not only acknowledges their work but also fosters a culture of appreciation rather than criticism.


Here at Maia, we understand that relationships take work. Our app is designed to serve as a mediator, helping to facilitate these conversations in a non-confrontational manner. Whether it’s suggesting a date planner to reward chore completion or providing conversation starters to delve into deeper issues, we've got tools to help. Imagine an AI-generated chore chart that adapts to both partners' schedules, or group messages that can serve as a platform for resolving disagreements. Navigating the household task list may never be entirely free of hiccups, but with the right strategies and tools, it can certainly become a less rocky road.

Remember, it’s not just about keeping a clean house; it’s about maintaining a healthy relationship. In the grand scheme of things, the chores are just the backdrop. The real work lies in understanding and appreciating each other, day in and day out.


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