I know I'm probably not alone on this one. Every wife has heard some version.
Clean out the litter box.
"Don't worry, I will."
I thought you said you did the dishes. There is still old food in tupperware on the counter.
"They wouldn't fit in the dishwasher. I will do it."
There's cat puke upstairs.
"I'll clean it up when I go up there."
Ah... the "I will" promise. This is how women got the reputation of nagging, I'm convinced. It isn't out of impatience, it is out of necessity. The empty "I will" assurance doesn't go very far. The claim to do it is made and that is as far as it gets (usually, but not always.. but most of the time) without a gentle reminder (also known as the nagging).
My mother has a theory--a good, yet depressing one. We refer to it as "The Domestication Theory." However long a man was single, it takes him that long of being married before he becomes domesticated. So, my husband was single for 29 years. We've been married for 1 1/2 years. He will be domesticated in.. ugh.. 27 1/2 years.
Now, domestication (as I understand) includes things like:
-picking up dirty socks
-consistently putting toilet seat down
-cleaning things without being asked
-not eating over the trash/sink/etc.
-seeing certain things that are now invisible to the undomesticated eye (cat puke on floor, dog hair on chair, crumbs on counter, dust on railing, a full trash can, and so on)
My husband has mastered a couple domestication skills already, including the second example, but still has that 27 1/2 years of practice (and nagging) before he is fully domesticated, according to the theory. I guess I will have to wait until 2038 to find out if the theory holds up in our house.