Can I be paid for this job?
Sundays are Chore-days.
Like many of you already know, I am not the one who frets about chores. Not that I am very efficient or meticulous but I don’t let the household chores take my mind space. Be it cleaning, organizing, so on and so forth.
So, yesterday as I folded the laundry one after the other while watching TV, I thought why don’t I get paid for this chore. It takes my valuable time that I can put to better use. The sorting and putting back in wardrobe again demands time and I can read or write during those precious hours. I do this every week so this is not one-off.
So shouldn’t I get paid?
Has such a thought crossed your mind? What would be your advice to me?
While you are thinking of what will you tell me, I have some stats to share. According to 2016 Report from Bureau of Labor Statistics, and looking at employed people over 25 years of age:
- On an average day, 85 percent of women and 69 percent of men spend some time doing household activities. These include housework, cooking, lawn care, or financial and other household management.
- Women spend an average of 2.6 hours on these activities, while men spend 2.0 hours on the days they do housework.
- On an average day, 21% of men do housework such as cleaning or laundry compared with 50% of women.
- 45% of men do food preparation or cleanup, compared with 70% of women.
Over the last 13 years, the contribution of men has increased and the time that women invest in household work has gone down. There is a long way to go before the stats match but there is progress. Progress over perfection is what really matters.