Split Up Chores, Keep Marriage Together

Too bad my husband’s got asthma and I have to deal with more chores because his nose can’t handle cleaning products. Husband: make breakfast, wash clothes and dishes, vacuum. Me: make lunch and dinner, iron clothes, wash dishes, clean bedroom, living room, bathrooms, and kitchen, fold and put away clothes, throw out trash, sort and throw out recycles, do all the driving, translate from Japanese, and clean the kitty litter. I love my husband, but I don’t love all the thankless work I do every day.

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What’s your least favorite household chore? Cleaning the toilet? Folding the laundry? Who does the house cleaning in your relationship? Studies show that couples who share household chores equally are happier, especially if both partners carry their fair share of the work agreeably. PsychCentral says divvying up household chores equitably and agreeably can be difficult for two-career couples, but it’s important to discuss and agree how to get the housework done.

All Things Equal

A University of Illinois study found that equal sharing of housework means a better chance for marital happiness. The study examined 220 heterosexual newly married couples and their beliefs, behaviors and marital quality. University of Illinois professor of human development and family studies Brian G. Ogolsky says it’s important for couples to work out their expectations for sharing chores in the first few years of their marriage because the patterns that get established persist and affect…

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