I'll Clean The Bathroom You Keep The Kitchen Clean

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Ivy Vine Investments


One of the greatest negotiations I've made in my life had absolutely nothing to do with buying a house.  Before I get into the details I want to put a disclaimer out.  This post is for all of the fellas who may have recently purchased a house with their wife or significant other. You both are excited and full of energy to turn that new house that you just purchased into a home.  You have the big yard and garage space that you always wanted and she has that amazing walk in closet and kitchen that she always wanted.  Both of your smiles are wide and as bright as a drive in movie screen.   Welcome to the neighborhood and fellas shortly you'll be getting welcomed to something you may not have expected.  The infamous HONEY DO LIST.



What Is A Honey Do List?



A honey do list is going to be filled with tasks that you will be expected to complete over a short period of time.  Don't ever get tricked into thinking that you have an infinite amount of time to complete this list.  Think back to the time when you were in school and only had a certain amount of time to complete that algebra test.  Now subtract 42 1/2 % from that and you'll have your time frame to get that list completed.


The list could have tasks such as: 

  • Mow the lawn
  • Scrape the popcorn off the ceilings and make them flat
  • Replace all of the knobs on the kitchen cabinets
  • Re-brick the fireplace
  • Wash the cars
  • Keep the kitchen clean
  • Clean the bathrooms


Let's focus in on those last two items on that list as I bring you back to the beginning of the post.  Recently I was in a situation where I had to decide if I wanted the weekly task of keeping the kitchen clean or the bathrooms.  In my mind it was a no brainer which one I would be selecting.  Without hesitating I chose to take bathroom duties.  That may not sound like the best choice but let me explain in case you are faced with making the same decision.



Kitchen Duty


dirty kitchen ivy vine investments chose not to clean


Without me typing another word the picture above alone should make your decision an easy one.  Let's go over some of the pro's and con's of the situation above and see if you agree fellas.



  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Dishes: At a minimum you and your mate will be eating 2 meals at home 5 days a week.  If both of you are going to work every day we can eliminate the lunch dishes from the equation.  Don't get too happy about that though because those weekend dishes are coming full steam ahead to take lunches place.


  • Double Everything: Get ready for double cups, forks, knives, spoons, plates and bowls for each meal.  And check this out.  I'm only writing this in the case of their only being two people in the household.  Imagine if you have kids or relatives living with you.  Imagine how that sink and countertop will look everyday.


  • It Take Pot's And Pans To Execute A Meal Plan: Self explanatory and more things to wash or throw in the dishwasher.



  • Dishwasher:  If you have a dishwasher then you can cut down on some of the cleaning you will have to do on a daily basis.  Load that bad boy up until you can't fit another item in it and you're good to go.


Bathroom Duty


bathroom to clean ivy vine investments


Bathroom duties are a piece of cake and let me explain why.  The pro's are simple and plain and not hard to explain.



  • One Sink/Countertop
  • One Toilet
  • One Tub/Shower

That's all you have to clean.  Fellas do you see how short that list is compared to the kitchen duty list?  Depending on the size of your bathroom, 10-15 minutes tops and you're done cleaning the bathroom.  Unlike keeping the kitchen clean, there should never be too many times where you have to clean up the bathroom multiple times in a day.  



  • You will have to clean the toilet.  That's not everyone's cup of tea I know but it shouldn't sway your decision.


Which Path Are You Choosing?


which path are you choosing? Bathroom duty or Kitchen duty Ivy Vine Investments


So which path will you be choosing if you're ever faced with making the same decision that I had to do?  Will it be bathroom chores or kitchen chores?  No matter what, those are just two of the honey do's on that long list that you will be given to complete.  To be fair and honest,  in the end as you knock off tasks on that list you will feel a sense of accomplishment.   Completing honey do lists is what turns a blank canvas house into a warm, vibrant and cozy home that everyone will enjoy!


I hope you enjoyed this weeks posts and until next time be safe, wash those hands and have a great week.  I'm Out.............


Chris Ivy


Comments (5)

Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Hmmm.... Interesting!

In my house, the person who does the cooking (usually but not always me) cleans some things along the way, but the person who doesn't cook usually does the cleaning.

And in the bathroom, double sinks help. As for the "john" everyone cleans their own "crap."

Feb 07, 2021 06:19 AM
Chris Ivy

Good morning Kat how are you?  Thanks for taking a few minutes to check out the post.  Also your last line still has me laughing.


As for the "john" everyone cleans their own "crap."

Feb 07, 2021 07:47 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


We share duties, and luckily we have a wonderful lady who comes to our home every other week and does  a thorough job.  A

Feb 07, 2021 09:25 AM
Chris Ivy

Hi Ron & Alexandra........


Thanks for taking a few minutes to check out the post.  Shared duties sound like a great plan to me!

Feb 07, 2021 01:41 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Chris Ivy - we always shared our duties but now my wife's disability means I must do them.  No problem and she wished she could help.

Feb 07, 2021 10:06 AM
Chris Ivy



Your wife is lucky to have a great husband like yourself who doesn't mind stepping in and having her back.  Great job!

Feb 07, 2021 01:43 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Chris.

Like you, I'll take the bath each time. It sure beats doing the dishes

Feb 07, 2021 01:14 PM
Chris Ivy

Hey James,


Thanks for checking out the post!  I'm glad to see that we think alike.

Feb 07, 2021 01:43 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Chris- Larry and I have "chores" and I'm happy  not to do his and vice versa!!!

Feb 07, 2021 06:18 PM
Chris Ivy

Hi Kathy.....how are you?  Your statement is too funny.  Thanks for taking a few minutes to check out the post.

Feb 07, 2021 09:20 PM

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