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The Sky is Falling! Women Spending Less Time on Housework.


The sky is falling, the sky is falling!! Women are spending less time on housework and this is BAD!!!

No, no. Let’s be real. If the amount of time women spends doing housework has fallen it probably means we have better appliances and products, helping husbands or help in general. Its a good thing, not the negative thing she makes it out to be.  Its like whoever does more cleaning is more holier. It does not mean we have lower standards. If women are spending less time and still getting the task done, this is good.

In fact, here is the real hoot, just a few days ago Lori said this and contradicts herself:

She admits just days ago that appliances make our lives easier and makes cleaning not take long at all and now today she is on about how keeping a house tidy is a full time job! Complains that women taking half the time to do housework must mean women are lazy and that our standards have fallen when again a few days ago she acts as if its a great thing that it doesn’t take a ton of energy and therefore less time to keep a home tidy. This is classic Lori. The story is always changing based on her message or agenda for the day.

Lori doesn’t say where her statistics are from, so I found this:


-From 2003 to 2015, the share of women doing housework on an average day decreased
from 54 percent to 50 percent. The average time per day women spent doing housework
declined from 58 minutes in 2003 to 52 minutes in 2015. (See table 1.)

and this

Women between the ages of 18 and 64 spent 18 fewer hours on housework each week in 2005 than they did in 1900. However, men aged 18-to-64 took up much of the slack, spending about 13 more hours on housework in 2005 than in 1900.

Surprisingly, while electricity, running water, and washing machines probably increased household output and reduced the drudgery of household tasks, they had little impact on the time spent on housework before 1965. After 1965, however, time spent by housewives fell by another seven hours, and virtually none of the additional decline could be explained by changes in household composition.

This second link actually contradicts Lori’s uncited studies. It suggests overall that times spent homemaking as a whole hasn’t much changed at all over 100 years. Rather instead of time spent cleaning we spend that time doing other fruitful things around the house such as home repair projects (maybe because husband is too busy and we youtube it up to figure it out) homeschooling, pinterest crafts. Also for the time decrease women spent, the time men spent increased, netting it all out in the end.   In other words, it doesn’t mean the “doom and gloom” women are all lazy with unhygienic homes these days.


3 thoughts on “The Sky is Falling! Women Spending Less Time on Housework.

  1. To add: If the amount of time women are spending on housework has remained the same over 100 years, I would suggest that time has shifted from real work (like scrubbing clothes on washboards and cooking with a wood/coal burning stove) to “make work” like pinterest projects to “beautify” them home, not because its work that needs done for survival. Examples are like these from facebook comments:

    “I’m always thinking of some kind of project. Like replacing my bathroom door with a sliding barn door. But I love home improvement type projects. Last year I completely redid the kitchen by myself. It feels good to have a new kitchen and know that I did it.”

    Replacing what was probably a fine practical working door for a sliding barn door is luxury work. Is the sliding barn door needed for survival? No.

    “I’m gonna be making curtains next and probably rearranging our bedroom and living room!”

    Now does rearranging furniture really need done from a practical/survival standpoint? No.


  2. Well, bear in mind that we own a lot more stuff nowadays.

    Here’s are some 1930s home photographs:




    The homes themselves look extremely difficult to keep clean (because of the type of surfaces and all the soot and ash and multiple family members walking in and out with dirty bare feet) BUT these people own virtually nothing. I’m typing this in my master bedroom, and looking around, I’m positive that this one room contains far more individual items than these people’s entire homes.

    I bet you could tidy up one of those sharecropper cabins in 5 minutes flat.

    Also, without good electric light, a lot of dirt would go unnoticed. (I remember hearing an anecdote–I’m not sure how well-sourced–that the first result of electrification in a particular town was all of the women going up on step ladders to tackle the cobwebs that they’d never had enough light to see before.)


  3. Also, houses are much larger than they used to be.

    So a 2017 family with a 2400 sq. ft. home with and 2 kids might nonetheless not have substantially less cleaning work than a 1957 family with a 1200 sq. ft. home and 3 kids.

    I’m going to white knight for the barn door project–it’s just a variation on the old-fashioned pocket door, which has many practical advantages. (My grandparents’ house has a number of pocket doors near the entry and kitchen and I’ve always liked them.)



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