A study from the University of Michigan claims having a husband creates an extra 7 hours of housework per week. And having a wife saves men one hour of housework per week. I’ve been saying this for years, but I really wish I had a wife.
I love my husband. I do. And he helps out a ton around the house. But the reality is he works a crazy job with really long hours and I happen to be the one that’s home more often. So yeah, I do more housework than him. And I hate it. Sometimes I feel like all I do is clean. The minute I finish cleaning one area, the room next to it has exploded with toys and banana peels and unidentifiable nastiness. It’s Never. Ending. And then there’s the laundry. Don’t get me started on the laundry …
The study found that single women did the least amount of housework, clocking in at 12 hours per week. Really? Single men are doing more than that? So what happens? Men just stop washing the dishes and start throwing their dirty socks on the floor when they say, “I do”? The study said women in their 60s and 70s did about 24 hours a week and mamas with more than three kids did the most—a whopping 28 hours. No surprise there. In fact, I’d love to see a study on how much housework having KIDS adds. I’m going to guess about 4 billion hours. At least that’s what it feels like.
But men aren’t total slackers. They’re doing twice as much housework as they did 20 years ago. And in general women are doing less than they used to. In 1976, women did an average of 26 hours of housework a week, while men only did six (jerks). Times have changed and while things might not be totally equal in a lot of families, things are getting better. My husband chips in when he’s home. He does just as much as I do when he’s around. When. He’s. Around. But the dirty truth is most of it falls on me.
So let’s discuss—who does the bulk of the housework in your family? And don’t forget to subscribe to my blog for funny videos and posts!