Thanksgiving is a lovely time of year to not only see distant family and beloved friends, but also dredge up decades-old resentments. A famous familial bugaboo is who helps clear the table/wash plates/Saran Wrap the leftovers and who sits on their ass, pretending to be paralyzed by a food coma. (Of course, food coma person perks right up when the pecan pie comes out. I’m on to you, Christian.) I am fortunate that I grew up with a father who has always shared 50/50 of chores equally with my mother, including on holidays. The fact that my parents’ kitchen is clogged with women doing cleanup has more to do with the fact they have four daughters than anything else. Keep reading »
Couples who divvy up washing dishes, cleaning the laundry, and other house chores are more likely to get divorced than couples where the woman does the homemaking by herself, according to a Norwegian study of thousands of couples called Equality in the Home.
In the study, which looked at 2007-08 data, researchers found that the 25 percent of married couples that shared housework were more likely to get divorced, compared to the 71 percent of households where the woman was in charge of doing all the chores. Interestingly, having men do the majority of the housework didn’t bode well either. Keep reading »
And lo, the Lord did create the men and women who populated the earth. The manifold men did go to the office and get good jobs in middle management and take the trash out on Thursdays while lady helpmates did joyously stay home and wear aprons and make dinner and vacuum and mop and scrub the toilets and make the beds and raise the children and dust the bookshelves and manage the home accounts and do the grocery shopping and mend the clothing and take the children to appointments and preside over the laundry apparatus, which the Lord, in all his wisdom, saw fit to make too difficult for men to comprehend.
This was called the division of labor, and behold, it was fucked up. Keep reading »
One of my favorite perks of being an adult is that no one yells at me to make my bed every day. Now, thanks to a Spanish furniture company’s new invention, I can yell at my bed to make itself. It’s called the Smart Bed, and at the touch of a button, it smooths the sheets, adjust the duvet, and repositions the pillows. Check out the demo video and tell us: would you ever want to own a Smart Bed? [Buzzfeed]
As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a slob. Cleaning is one of my least favorite activities in the world, and I get the urge to tidy up about as often as I get the urge to, oh, I don’t know, relive middle school. But over the course of the last year I’ve made a dedicated effort to get better at it, and slowly but surely, I’ve become a fairly consistent doer of chores. If you’re not naturally prone to neatness, you know how tough it can be to put away the dishes or pick up a duster. To help you out, here are five tips, tricks, and strategies that have helped me tackle that terrible, awful job called cleaning the house… Keep reading »
Last week we asked you to share your least favorite household chore in exchange for a chance to win a Rowenta Pressure Iron and Steamer. You reminded us of every household duty we hate, but there can only be one winner. Click through to see which commenter won this week’s prize. Keep reading »
Ironing clothes is not one of our strong suits, and we avoid this task at all costs. Our problem stems from two issues: We were never properly taught how to get wrinkles out in the first place, and the iron we’re using to attempt this feat is pretty crappy. Rowenta to the rescue! Not only do designers like Christian Siriano and Zac Posen put Rowenta’s irons and steamers to use during New York Fashion Week, but Rowenta’s StyleLab offers video tutorials for us dummies. Now there’s no excuse for showing up to work in rumpled clothes. [$169.99, ShopRowenta.com]
We’re giving away a Rowenta Pressure Iron and Steamer, but you have to work if you want it. In the comments, tell us your least favorite household chore and why you hate it so much by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, May 20. We’ll pick our favorite response and announce the winner Friday, May 21. You must live in the U.S. or Canada to win (Official Rules). Good luck! This contest is now closed.
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Cue a sarcastic “We’ve come along way, baby!” joke: A recent study by the children’s magazine Highlights found girls are assigned more chores at home than boys. The survey polled 845 kids between the ages of 5 and 12 and found 73 percent of girls do chores, while 65 percent of boys do. Eight percent may not sound like much; however, these findings are consistent with a 2006 study by the University of Michigan. Researchers polled 3,000 10- to 17-year-olds and discovered girls spend seven hours a week doing housework, while boys only spend five hours a week. Possibly explains why some grown-up dudes aren’t so proactive with the Clorox, doesn’t it? Was this your experience growing up? Did you do more chores than your brothers did? [NY Times] Keep reading »
What attracts you to a man the most — a sense of humor, a great smile, a hot bod, keen intelligence? Apparently, a lot of women get weak in the knees for men who do housework. A recent study from Oxford University examined “marriage and cohabitation rates” across 13 countries and “compared them to attitudes towards the roles of men and women at home.” After questioning “13,500 men and women aged between 20 and 45 from each country about gender, housework and childcare responsibilities,” researchers discovered that women are hottest for men “they believe they will help out with household chores and make an equal contribution towards childcare.” In countries where men are less likely to pull their weight at home, women are between 20-50% less likely to shack up with them. Dr Almudena Seville-Sanz, of the university’s Centre for Time Use Research, said: This study shows that in egalitarian countries there is less social stigma attached to men doing what was traditionally women’s work.’” After the jump see how the 13 countries included in the study rank on the “egalitarian index.” Keep reading »