How 70% of women say they LIKE doing housework
By Paul Bentley
Last updated at 12:27 AM on 13th November 2010
It may be hard to tell as they dust, scrub and vacuum, but apparently most women actually enjoy doing housework. A study found that as many as 70 per cent admit they gain satisfaction from doing the laundry and mopping floors.
This is particularly prevalent among older people, with pensioners saying they find sentimental value in taking the time to look after their treasured possessions.
The results, from a national survey of 25,000 adults, suggest the 21st century housewife has far more in common with her 1950s counterpart than she might have thought. Household chores: A study found that as many as 70 per cent of women admit they gain satisfaction from doing the laundry and mopping floors.
With many more women now working full-time as their family’s sole breadwinner, a shift in gender roles might have been expected. But according to researchers, in the majority of British households it is still the women who do the chores, regardless of their working status.
Many younger respondents said the ‘deep clean’ was not a feasible option with work and family commitments taking precedence over chores. Forty-seven per cent said they are reduced to cleaning up as they go along, and one in five admitted leaving chores until the weekend.
Miss Strutton said: ‘Younger people care far less about the cleanliness or tidiness of their home and don’t achieve as much sense of satisfaction from keeping a neat and tidy home.
‘If you are retired you can take time to clean and polish your furniture and dust your ornaments, mementoes and keepsakes.
'It is more pleasurable than needing to wipe crayon and pet hairs off the dining room table before your family can eat a meal.’