Clean together to stay together

Cleaning up is about more than cleaning house, as it turns out. According to multiple studies, couples who share the load when it comes to housework are more likely to stay together. On top of that, they report having happier relationships overall than couples who don’t split the housework evenly.

The authors of “Fast-Forward Family – Home, Work, and Relationships in Middle-Class America” found that “couples with more equitable division of labor are less likely to divorce than couples in which one partner is the breadwinner, and the other manages housework.”

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Additionally, they found that shared cleaning responsibilities was in the top three highest-ranking issues associated with a successful marriage, and that “ambiguity in division of household responsibilities between working couples often results in ongoing negotiations, resentment, and tension between them.”

The logic behind this is pretty simple, as explained by the authors of “Research on Household Labour: Modeling and Measuring the Social Embeddedness of Routine Family Work.”

“More balanced divisions of housework are associated with women perceiving fairness, experiencing less depression,
and enjoying higher marital satisfaction.”

A fair division of chores leaves less opportunity for resentment and anger to build. In other words, couples are
happiest when everyone is pulling their weight.

To learn more, view the studies for yourself:
Fast-Forward Family – Home, Work, and Relationships in Middle-Class America
Research on Household Labour: Modeling and Measuring the Social Embeddedness of Routine Family Work
As Marriage and Parenthood Drift Apart, Public Is Concerned about Social Impact