Should Real men do housework?

Written by Richmond Acheampong


SHOULD REAL MEN DO HOUSEWORK? By Richmond Acheampong Though we live inrepparttar new millennium, studies show that women continue to do a majority ofrepparttar 142656 household chores. Sincerepparttar 142657 1950s,repparttar 142658 mainstream of thinking has not shifted significantly from women being responsible for housework. One reason for this lack of change can be attributed to male stereotypes inrepparttar 142659 media. It is not masculine to clean; have you ever seenrepparttar 142660 Terminator washing dishes or James Bond clean floors? Inrepparttar 142661 movies; masculine men blow things up, drive fast cars, userepparttar 142662 latest gadgets and have women fawning all over them. These images run through your manís head, when heís asked to throw outrepparttar 142663 trash. Itís true real men are capable of doing housework, but inrepparttar 142664 real world they chose not to. Letís look at some ofrepparttar 142665 reasons why?

HIS ARGUMENT: ∑When I buy groceries, she always claims that I buyrepparttar 142666 wrong brands. ∑When I forget to put dirty dishes away, she sees it as a personal attack against her ∑When I clean up, itís not good enough. Thereís no pleasing her, so why bother. ∑Why canít she understand that I need to unwind before I do housework?

HER ARGUMENT: ∑Iím tired of doing allrepparttar 142667 work around here and picking up after everybody ∑Itís emotionally and physically draining because I have to be responsible for things he should take care of. ∑For once, Iíd like him to show initiative and do things without having to be asked ∑How come, he can changerepparttar 142668 oil in his car but doesnít know how to turn onrepparttar 142669 washing machine?

Though both arguments have validity, there can be no clear winner without compromise. Suggestions for endingrepparttar 142670 stalemate:

What Two Words Will Double the Space in Your Home?

Written by Karen Fritscher-Porter


Just two words and a bit of explanation about them will help you to double, maybe even triple,repparttar space in your home now. Those two words are "Go vertical."

FUNCTION FIRST, LOOKS SECOND That means that when you buy bookcases or other types of furnishing with shelves, make sure these items have five or six shelves. Two or three shelves per item are just wasted space. When it comes to home organization, you want to buy furnishings based onrepparttar 142638 criteria of function first and then looks second.

So if two items are both of acceptable appearance to you, always purchaserepparttar 142639 one that is most functional. If one item is slightly prettier thanrepparttar 142640 other butrepparttar 142641 other item has more vertical shelving, cubby holes and nooks, choose that second item. The peace-of-mind you'll get from having a more organized home will be much more valuable to you inrepparttar 142642 long-run.

DON'T FOLLOW YOUR EMOTIONS Always remember that stores want to sell to you based on your emotions. That's a fact. Most marketing research agrees with that statement. Ifrepparttar 142643 seller can hook your emotions, they're closer to a sale. For example, you see a pie safe cabinet that's outrageously priced but beautiful. So you say to your spouse who's shopping with you: "Oh, look at that pie safe cabinet. It's gorgeous. Look at that blue color. It's a little a high priced but maybe we can get it on credit..."

Stop right there!

As a smart shopper (and a smart home organizer), you want to buy based on what your brain tells you. So for example, now you look at that same pie safe cabinet and say: "Oh, look at that pie safe cabinet. It's gorgeous. What a pretty blue color. But we need something a bit more functional. That cabinet only has four shelves andrepparttar 142644 one next to it has six shelves and is cheaper. The second one is maple stained, not blue. But that's okay. It's still a handsome piece of furniture and it's more functional. We'll get more space to use in our home and more product for our money."

Use your head, not your heart, to make decisions about furnishing items for your home. Then you'll have functional home furnishings that double your home storage space. Think like a home organizer versus a home decorator. Think function first.

ANALYZE FURNISHINGS IN YOUR HOME NOW Look around your rooms. Do you have a two shelf horizontal bookcase? Do you have a tiny three shelf freestanding pantry inrepparttar 142645 kitchen? Do you have a little three drawer jewelry or lingerie armoire inrepparttar 142646 bedroom? Go room-to-room and make a list of any type shelving unit like these or others (e.g. microwave cart, television cart/stand, etc.)

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