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Ask Amy: Spouses air (but don’t wash) dirty laundry

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

Dear Amy: For as long as I have known my wife (20 years), she has been reluctant to do the laundry.

I politely ask her to do it, and she tells me that she will.

However, two days later, dirty clothes are still piling up.

To be fair, she follows through about 20 percent of the time.

She works part-time outside the home, and I work full time from home.

She has plenty of time in her day to do the laundry. Instead, she chooses to watch videos on her phone for hours on end.


I used to think it was just a personality quirk. But after two decades, I feel she is taking advantage of me.

The root of this issue is not laundry, of course. It is trust, which has been shaken to the point that it threatens the integrity of our relationship.

How can we move forward?

– Wits End in Wisconsin


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