Have you ever thought what would happen if moms around the world decided to stop doing all the chores?
Generally speaking, it’s the moms in the house who still take on the housework. I know that we’ve come a LONG way with gender stereotypes and expectations; however, they’re still out there.
After a long day at work, women come home to pull off ‘the double shift’ at home. If you’re a mom, you know this well. Although you say you split the homework with your partner, it’s YOU taking care of the entire house.
I know it, you know it, and ALL THE MOMS out there know it.
This mom decided to stop doing all the chores
Twitter user @MissPotkin revealed that she’s had enough of cleaning for her entire family in a long, and very popular Twitter thread.
After years of making all the meals and being expected to clean up everyone’s dirty dishes, this woman decided to see how her family would fare without the burden falling on her.
“Who will blink first?” she wrote alongside a snap of a cluttered kitchen counter on March 17. “Not me.”
Apparently, her family has not handled this change very well.
In a serious of follow-up tweets, Potkin showed that the dishes only continued to pile and the kitchen mess actually worsened. But this mother and wife is firm in her resolve not to come to the rescue this time.
Instead, she’s decided to share all the new developments, or lack thereof, with Twitter commenters, and they definitely have a lot to say..
The waiting game was one long process.
Refusing to budge an inch, this woman watched as the trash bin went a shocking “965 days” before being emptied.
While this sort of seemed like progress, apparently her husband decided to make his tea with the baby’s weaning spoon in a last resort cup rather than just washing a proper cup and spoon.
It wasn’t just the kitchen that was abandoned by this fed-up mom — Potkin also stopped doing the laundry.
“Let me know when you want to talk about the fact that I stopped doing the laundry too. It’s getting a bit post apocalyptic. The piles are everywhere.”, she wrote online.
She also shared tweets explaining that she wouldn’t be changing any empty toiler paper rolls, no matter how dire the situation.
Same goes for leftovers that haven’t yet reached the fridge, even if that sausage that’s been in the pan for two days has turned, as she explained, “the color of the man that washes up in Cast Away.”
When this wife and mother said that she wasn’t taking care of everything anymore, she meant it.
Eventually her hard work, or rather lack thereof, began to pay off.
After a lot of seemingly unnecessary struggling, the man in her life finally started to clean. It would be an understatement to say that this wife was excited.
She even shared an update to the toilet paper situation and revealed someone had not only magically changed the empty roll themselves, but also stacked a few spare rolls beside the toilet, too!
In the middle of Potkin’s days-long social experiment, her Twitter thread went viral.
Potkin has received several thousand likes on her journey to not be the sole cleaner of the home, but she’s also gotten quite a bit of judgement, too.
Some users said that she shouldn’t blame her family for not cleaning up after themselves when she’s the one who raised her children. Others believe she should clearly communicate her frustrations rather than staying silent and doing nothing else.
Potkin later responded to these people who felt she wasn’t handling the situation properly.
In that tweet, she addressed the haters and their suggestions:
“I see that judgey f***ing Twitter has woken up so let me say this once and be clear – We do not ‘live like this’. This is a lesson in wanting to be heard and respected and not having to repeat yourself when things slip. We’re navigating the day-today in extraordinary times and for me, the past two days have been funnier than anything else.”
Thankfully, the majority of comments have been positive as people understand she was proving a point in an amusing way.