Not all of our spouses or partners are well-trained when it comes to cleaning up after themselves. There are ways, however, that our loved ones can be encouraged to embrace cleanliness. 

One way that our spouse or partner can slip into bad habits is because they have taken it for granted that someone else will clean up after them. If not tackled early enough the problem can reach epidemic proportions!

Shock therapy is one way of getting your spouse or partner to be clean around the home. By taking a firm stance, and refusing to clean up after them, it will leave them with no option but to clean up all on their own. Not being so tidy yourself for a day or two can also help them to realise what it’s like when the boot’s on the other foot. If they’re not in the habit of dealing with a coffee stain on the carpet, then you could grin and bear it and take a similar disdainful approach. If you’ve always been a particularly house-proud person then the shock impact will be all the greater.

Evidence of a lack of cleanliness can also be shown to friends of your spouse or partner. It should be done in a light-hearted way, but it may be enough to spur them into action – and then never look back.

A more gentle approach may only be necessary with the less severe type of cleanliness avoider. This approach may result in your spouse or partner performing their tasks without complaint. When they’ve actually managed to clean up without the need to even be told they should be praised. Like a dog that has improved his or her behaviour, after regularly misbehaving, your partner or spouse will appreciate a pat on the head and a “well done”.

To bring about a full conversion to cleanliness is always a notable achievement and may bring you some personal kudos. You could receive admiration from your friends or family regarding the improvement in your spouse or partner’s sudden aversion to even a speck of dirt in the house!