London - The smell of polished floors and fresh sheets… What could be better?
Well for most of us, very little.
A poll reveals that Britons would rather have a tidy home than go on holiday, socialise or even make love to their partner.
Some 36 percent of people said a tidy home is their greatest pleasure – compared to 34 percent who picked a holiday, 18 percent who chose sex and 11 percent who named a good night out.
And researchers found mess was more irritating than being stuck in a traffic jam, having to listen to telephone hold music or even dealing with parking wardens.
But while all the family enjoy the fruits of cleaning, putting in the hard graft still falls mostly to women. The study showed women spend an average of six hours more a week on household chores than men. Women put 17 hours a week – more than two full working days – into cleaning. But there is also a large gap between the effort couples actually make and how much they think they make.
Men underestimate their partner’s efforts by 12 hours, while 26 percent of women claim their men never lift a finger around the house. The results prove that women are the primary housekeepers in most British homes.
Cleaning out the fridge is still seen as a task for the woman of the house. Results show that 40 percent of women don’t think men should carry out the chore.
And the knock-on effect of all this scrubbing and scouring is that women are left with less free time than their male partners.
Women said that they have about 23 hours of free time a week, eight hours less than the average man.
But almost half of men said taking out the bins should be their responsibility. And with DIY, half of men and women polled agreed it was better suited to men.
George Mead of household appliance manufacturer Beko, which commissioned the survey, said: “The survey certainly shows there’s a discrepancy between the sexes when it comes to division of housework so appliances that save time can help families enjoy more quality time together.” - Daily Mail