How do you divvy up the housework?
After checking out that study on how couples that do more housework have more sex, I couldn't help but wonder about how households split up all those unpleasant, but necessary, chores.
The study found that women spent much more time cleaning house than men - 41.8 hours compared to 23.4 - but those stats also showed that the men were spending more time in the office (33.8 to 19.7).
What about the couples who spend an equal, or at least similar, amount of time doing paid work? And how did the wives and husbands in this study split up the household work?
At Casa Speedy, keeping up with the chores (along with completing all the necessary renovation, maintenance and decorating projects) can certainly be a real challenge.
We try to split things up, but most often the jobs fall to the person who cares the most. For example, I'm picky about having my clean clothes folded just so (a girl's gotta keep her closet organized), so the laundry generally falls to me. Mr. Speedy has developed a very precise system for handling our trash and recycling, so I happily keep my hands off that task.
Along the same lines, I generally am the one responsible for cooking supper, while Mr. Speedy handles breakfast and caffeine for me, the resident sleepyhead. We share the dishes, and take turns tidying, sweeping, and scrubbing, based mostly on who's free, bored, or most bothered by the state of the place.
How do you keep up with the household chores? Do you try to split things 50-50 or does one person in your household do the heavy lifting?