What would you rather be doing than housework?
The statistic that the majority of women spend 17 hours a week on basic housework and still do significantly more hours than men, is not a surprise to most women.
We could have told you that for nothing.
In fact, it would amuse me that it’s still making headlines in 2017, if there wasn’t such a serious problem behind these statistics.
The problem is, that by doing more housework, women have less time for all the other brilliant things they could be doing. Like starting companies, being Non-Execs, creating great art or being astronauts.
Whilst doing housework, we are not earning money, learning new skills, we are not developing our professional networks or paying into our pensions.
I have to admit that, at the heart of the issue, is I have a personal hatred of all housework. Especially ironing. Doing all types of housework makes me actually angry. There, I’ve said it outloud.
Before my husband leaves me, I have to give him credit for all the housework he does. Which is a lot. Please don't leave me.
Maybe you are one of those amazing women who love housework. Hats off to you. That’s the whole point of this feminist stuff, you get to choose to do what makes you most happy.
Personally, on my (very long and detailed) list of things I want to do with my life, housework comes very low on the list.
Sadly, the sheer fact remains that housework must be done. I’ve tried not doing it and it doesn’t end well.
If you are like me and have a lot of exciting, interesting ideas you’d like to be working on rather than housework.
What can we do about it?
I am quite serious. What can we do about it?
I don’t have all the answers but I’ve been trying a few things. One of them is getting rid of a lot of clutter.
This year, I’ve been Marie Kondoing the heck out of our home. It doesn’t sadly look like a minimalist Japanese house just yet but the local Cancer Research shop is having a bumper year.
I’m thinking that the less stuff I have, the less stuff I have to clean and tidy up on a daily basis. I think it’s working. I’ve definitely got less cluttered cupboards!
Maybe we can get our own hashtag - #LessHouseworkMoreMoney
Probably needs more thought.
I have a lot of ideas of things we could try but I’d love to know, is this a problem you’d like to solve? What have you tried? What worked and what didn’t?