Well, it's officially Spring time again. The time when you look around your house and think about cleaning, purging & organizing. The time when you look around your yard and discuss shrubbery, weeding & mulch. It's also the time when the man in your life realizes that his "chores" for the year are about to begin since oftentimes, he's been slumbering and hibernating all winter as you continued to mop floors, clean toilets and wipe whiskers out of the sink.
It's the age old debate of who does more household chores and is the division of labor evenly balanced. Everyone always thinks that they do more. The interesting thing is that men's chores (yes, I'm generalizing here) are seemingly seasonal - they last for about 4-5 months. They seem to begin when the grass needs to be mowed and outdoor stuff needs to get done and then, they seem to end in order to allow for 7-8 months of rest. You know, a reward for all their hard work during the summer months (minus the occasional shoveling of snow).
If you were to give it some thought, you might wonder why women do the "indoor chores" which are seemingly 365 days a year and men do the "outdoor chores" which are intermittent and seasonally dictated.
I'll admit that most of my household chores fall into stereotypical male/female buckets. My hubby does the bulk of our outdoor maintenance and I do the bulk of the indoor maintenance. That's not to say that we don't cross over into each others area sometimes - but honestly these are rare times and do not necessarily balance the scale (of course this is just my opinion!).
- I've seen my hubby stop at the grocery store to buy a few necessary items (God forbid we are without his something he likes to snack on!)
- I've heard my hubby start the dishwasher maybe once or twice
- I've watched my hubby pull out the Clorox Clean-Up to wipe the kitchen counters (this was, of course, after much nagging - or 'reminding' as I mentioned in one of my other columns)
And, while I don't necessarily mow the lawn, I've been sighted mulching flower beds, scrubbing patio furniture and cleaning & organizing the garage.
I suppose, based on male mathematical reasoning, each chore is weighted based on the physical exertion required to complete the task. This would account for a woman's inability to recognize and properly calculate this fine tuned balancing act……..
Mowing the lawn is work, and tiring - it's probably worth 5 pts
Edging flower beds is even more work, and is exhausting - it's probably worth 7 pts
Starting the dishwasher is easy - you just push a button - it's probably worth 1/2 pt
Doing the laundry (while annoying) is not physically grueling - it's probably worth 1.5 pts
So, you can see by this math, a man obviously would need to rest during half of the year as a woman catches up and earns enough points to keep the division of labor balanced!!!!
Perhaps if women had a male to female chore conversion chart there would be far less nagging!