I have made peace with the fact that I do 99.9% of the housework around here. Truth be told, I have a house cleaner that comes once a week so I can complain too much. The ONE thing I ask Mr. Mint to do is take out the trash. He does a lot of things really well, but remembering to take out the trash is not one of them. Somehow he is not bothered by an overflowing, smelly trash can in our kitchen. If he needs to throw something away, he just shoves it in. At the end of the evening, after the kids are in bed and I've cleaned the kitchen, I often ask him to take the trash out. Inevitably he says the same thing, "I'll take it out on my way out the door in the morning." Inevitably, he forgets. I wake up the next morning, I am tired and I've probably already broken up a couple of sibling squabbles. I haven't had my coffee and there are three hungry kids asking for their breakfast. When I can't even fit a banana peel or an eggshell in the trash, this is when I really lose it. Seriously Mr. Mint, would it kill you to take it out once in a while?!?!
Don't even get me started on taking the trash to the curb on trash day. We have a pretty long driveway, and it can be a pain to drag our trash can down to the end along with the two recycling cans. If he's not out of town, he'll say to himself, "oh I'll just take the cans to the end of the driveway before I go to work in the morning." I'll be lying in my bed on trash day and hear the garbage truck and think to myself, "I really hope he remembered to take the cans to end of the driveway because I am the one that will have to deal with two weeks worth of trash if he didn't." Nine times out of the ten, he forgets.
I must come to terms with the fact that I am the one who is motivated to get the trash out of the house since I am the one who is here all day, everyday. It has gotten to the point where he doesn't even jump off the couch and offer to help if he sees me taking the trash out. Yes, I'm angry. But what can I do? At least now Gloppy is big enough to help carry the trash cans back up the driveway.
If I teach my son anything, it will be to always help his wife out with the trash and say thank you when she washes, folds and puts away your laundry. Or better yet, offer to wash, fold and put away her laundry!