According to Oxfam, the economic value of the unpaid housework done by women globally in 2019 was $10.9 trillion. This is more than the combined 2018 revenue of the world’s 50 largest companies. Or, put another way, bigger than the GDP of every country in the world except the US, China and India. That makes women’s unpaid work the fourth largest economy in the world. That is obviously significant at… Read More »Women’s unpaid housework is the fourth largest economy in the world – it’s time we valued it
About a year ago I bought a robot vacuum. It may just be the single best thing I have ever bought. Because I feel literal joy every time I hear it switch itself on automatically to clean my house, or come home (pre-coronavirus) to find it’s cleaned while I’ve been out. Actual Joy. This struck me as a pretty extreme emotional reaction to a household appliance, so I’ve been thinking… Read More »The Joy Of Not Doing Housework (But Knowing It’s Still Being Done)
Do you feel like you’re doing too much of the housework? You’re not alone! Have you tried talking to you partner about it and it’s quickly turned into a fight? They say they do half, but you know that’s not true? These arguments turn emotional fast, but in this post we explain why these fights happen, and how to change the conversation. Why does my partner think they’re doing half… Read More »Are you doing too much of the housework, but your partner doesn’t agree? Here’s why.
The Standards Challenge (Part Three) Talking about standards for housework can be a significant source of conflict at home. But how do you talk about it without starting a fight? The first post in this three part series examines why standards might differ between household members. If you missed Part One, read The Standards Challenge: Are they Half-Assing Housework To Get Out Of It? (Part One) about why standards might… Read More »How To Talk About Housework Standards Without Starting A Fight
The Standards Challenge (Part Two) It’s more common than you’d think for two people to fight about whether household tasks have been ‘done’. Or if everyone is doing their fair share of the work. Why is this? Often it’s because we have different understandings of the ‘Definition of done’ for housework tasks. The first post in this three part series examines why standards might differ between household members. If you… Read More »Agree A Housework ‘Definition of Done’ To Stop Fights
The Challenge of Different Standards (Part One) Do you and your partner have different standards for housework, or different ideas of what a task being done properly means? This common problem is called the Standards Challenge. In this three part series we explore why it happens, and how to fix it. This introductory post looks at why the standards challenge occurs and where your partner might be coming from. Part… Read More »Are They Just Trying To Get Out Of Doing Housework?