Vintage half apron from SuzAnna's Antiques
A recent study revealed that couples who share housework equally, have a significantly higher divorce rate than those where the woman does the majority of the housework. In addition, women who did more of the housework did so of their own choosing and were just as happy as couples who took a more modern approach to household chores. In our own home, we take a very traditional approach to homecaring tasks. My husband handles the outside work. And, I (along with my Mother) take care of the inside.
Inside of our home, I take care of the cooking (including meal planning, shopping, baking, canning), daily cleaning tasks, most of the dishwasher loading/unloading (my Mother also helps with this), pet care, maintaining the calendar and appointments, taking care of clothing needs for the children, decorating and making things pretty around the house! My Mother does the great majority of the laundry, sewing and all of the ironing because when she moved in with us, she made it known that her way was the only and best way! So, I just make sure she has all the laundry supplies she needs :) Outside of the home, my husband handles lawn care, car maintenance, gutters, garbage and home repairs (doing them himself or hiring out). He also handles the finances and bill paying, discipline of the children and has the final say on major family decisions. Oh, and squashing bugs and reaching things that have been placed on the top shelf and pushed all the way to the back! There are a few areas where roles are crossed. The garden is outside and that's primarily my little hobby. My husband is much better at organizing. So, he usually organizes the pantry, closets, the kids' toys, even the refrigerator. And, he prefers to make his own lunch. Which is usually a combination of leftovers from dinner and his own creations. Child rearing, of course, is something we both actively take part in!
Even though I work outside of the home, our approach to homecaring has never struck me as being unfair. I grew up watching my own Mother work and maintain a home. It just felt natural to me to take on the bulk of the housework when I became a wife. Call me old-fashioned, but it works for us!
How is housework handled in your home?