Here’s a great relationship hack that emphasises partnership and thoughtfulness (cornerstones of a lasting relationship) — and also helps get those pesky chores done. The Parent Hacks blog suggests busy couples work off the same to-do list.
One of the spouses gets to choose which task to take:
When you find yourself about to begin a new item from the to-do list, ask your spouse which of the two tasks he/she would prefer to do. “You want to stay down here and clean up the dishes, or get the kids started on their baths?”
This in itself is a gesture of generosity and love. The shared tasks list means you’re both working on your shared family life and things are getting done twice as fast.
An alternative method is to divvy up chores using a checklist like the one in the image above (from thenest.com), use a group or family to-do manager, make a Google calendar or other schedule, etc. The key, of course, is to just communicate and not letting resentment about chores silently creep into your lives.
Relationship hack: Work off the same to-do list [Parent hacks]