In case you didn’t know, April 7 is National NO Housework Day. This means you can leave the mess when the day comes without any guilt, and if anyone notices, you can gladly tell them it’s an official day off!
How housework has changed
Housework might still be seen as drudgery, but once-upon-a-time it was way worse. Modern gadgets like vacuum cleaners, along with better living conditions and utilities such as power and running water, have made housework so much easier and quicker to do.
In previous generations, housework was a full-time job, and of course was also traditionally considered to be women’s work. This is slowly changing, however. There are plenty of stay-at-home parents of both sexes these days, not just women, and studies show that men are doing more of the share of housework as well.
For example, a 50-year study by the Centre for Time Use Research at Oxford University, indicates there is now greater gender equality (something NobleOak fully supports) when it comes to housework than in the past, in Australia and other countries. Nordic countries are leading the way in this, which may come down to their family-friendly policies.
On the other hand, an AIFS (Australian Institute of Family Studies) Fact Sheet states that new mothers in Australia are doing the ‘lion’s share’ of housework in many households – with the load increasing from 16 to 25 hours a week when they become mothers.
Is housework good for you?
Well yes and no. If having a clean house helps you relax and feel comfortable, then it probably is good for your mental health. A clean environment is also more hygienic than a dirty one.
However, a study at Bristol University, reported in the Daily Mail Australia, shows that in terms of heart health and fitness, there appears to be little benefit from doing housework, when compared to physical activities such as regular walking.
What should you do on April 7?
In a nutshell – zero housework! This means no laundry, dishes, dusting, vacuuming, bathroom cleaning, floor washing, or making beds. Of course you still have to eat, but then there’s always takeaway (which doesn’t necessarily have to be unhealthy), or going out for dinner. There’s also the option of disposable plates, or just leaving the dishes until tomorrow.
You might decide to spend the time you would normally spend doing housework doing something you really enjoy, such as meeting with friends, watching your favourite movie, playing with your kids or pets, or just simply doing nothing. The whole idea is to let the housework go for one day of the year, without any guilt.
Why not give it a go, and take note of how it makes you feel? You might even find that it could be a clever idea to have a regular ‘no housework day’ several times during the year!
And remember – Life insurance can be an important financial safety net for your family, whether you both work and share household duties, or one of you is a stay-at-home partner. After all, if you were forced to hire someone to help with the housework and childcare if something unexpected happened, it could be very expensive indeed.
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