Women Spend Three Hours Per Week Re-doing Partners’ Chores

Libby Kane

In the latest boys-versus-girls news, a survey out of the United Kingdom found that women spend an average of three hours per week re-doing the chores already done by their significant others.

The Huffington Post reports that “two-thirds of the women did say they thought their partners were trying to do their chores correctly. They didn’t think the men’s shortcomings were due to lack of trying.”

Aw, how sweet these respondents are! And by sweet, we mean condescending.

In their book ”What She’s Not Telling You: Why Women Hide the Whole Truth and What Marketers Can Do About It,” authors Mary Lou Quinlan, Jen Drexler and Tracy Chapman write about martyrdom—the tendency women have to sacrifice their own leisure for their family, unable to delegate tasks or trust that someone else will do it the way it should be done. Consequently, when surveyed, many of these women report their lack of free time and family-induced stress with a certain pride. They’re doing everything, and they’re doing it right.

This new data only solidifies that theory: The Post points out that household chores are increasingly being split more evenly between partners and that men’s true talent lies not in avoiding chores, but in sectioning off dedicated leisure time to relax.

We’re all about living your richest life, and valuing your time is crucial to that. So what can we learn from this survey? The next time someone helps you, let them … whether it was actually helpful or not.

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  • Sjdemo

    i used to be one of these women, but last year i started traveling for work and am now home only three days a week. at first it was awful. i came home to see hub had done everything wrong or not at all. i was miserable and never got to have any fun at home because i was fixing what he’d done and then trying to do everything for the coming week so he would have less to mess up.

    then over the summer i started working further away and was able to come home only every other weekend. i realized i was the one who’d gotten it all wrong. he wasn’t messing up. he was doing things his way — which may not be my way, but isn’t wrong. i learned to let him have some control over his own house, and i quit trying to take everything on myself. we found a way to help each other, so neither of us is overburdened. i handle the bills online, scour the local websites for activities we can do as a family when i’m home, and check out recipes and sales so we have meal plans for the weekend. hub handles weekday meals and school activities. he also does a lot of the maintenance cleaning and laundry so nothing is out of control when i get home. we email daily to make sure we are on the same page with things that need to be done, and we don’t sweat how it’s done anymore.