One of my daily chores was tidying and wiping the coffee table in Bert's man cave. And every day, as I carried out this one-minute job, I'd find myself feeling a bit resentful. Thinking...
Bert never lifts as much as a spoon!
I'm always lifting and laying after him!
I bet if I stopped cleaning up after him he'd soon notice!
Then I thought,
I will just stop cleaning this table for a week and I'll document it every day and we'll just see how bad it gets.
So I did stop cleaning it and, much to my surprise, Bert did bring dishes to the kitchen and he even emptied ashtrays. The table stayed much the same throughout the week. Apart from Wednesday morning, the day after he had his mates around for a music session. That was the fourth picture along. He never even noticed that I wasn't clearing and wiping his table every day. I wiped it this morning and it was a little grubbier than usual but that meant it was more satisfying to wipe down.
So, there you go. A daily chore has become a weekly one and I don't have to be resentful any more. It's only a table in a man cave.