If the back yard grows into a wild meadow before it gets mowed, I get foot rubs for all my hard work chopping it down.
If the bathtub doesn't get cleaned until it looks pink, I get backrubs for all the effort I put into it to make it white again.
If the dishes congeal in the sink until there are no clean glasses left, I get chocolate praises for making the dishes clean again.
What I've learned from all this? When I keep the house and yard spotless and up-to-date, no one notices. If I let it go to hell, then spend a week trying to get it back under control again, I get lots of rubbies, praises, and chocolate!
Hmm, wonder what I should do with this knowledge?