Hiring vs. DIY Cleaning: What's Your Free Time Worth?

May 5, 2016

 
 
 
By the numbers

On an average day, 83 percent of women and 65 percent of men spend time doing household chores like cleaning, cooking or lawn care, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 2014 American Time Use Survey.

 

On days they did household activities, women reported spending an average of 2.6 hours on chores, while men spent 2.1 hours. That’s on top of the 7.8 hours the average employed person spends at work most days, according to the survey.

 

For most people, time spent on house cleaning is not exactly considered quality time.

Meg Roberts, president of nationwide house cleaning company Molly Maid, said a2014 company survey of 2,000 households revealed how homeowners really feel about housekeeping.

 

A whopping 93 percent of respondents said they would literally prefer to do anything else besides cleaning. To drive the point home, 30 percent of respondents said they’d rather ride in a car with their in-laws for six hours than clean, while 10 percent said they’d rather eat dog food.

 

The most despised chore was cleaning the bathroom, with 63 percent agreeing they hate cleaning the bathroom more than any other room.

 

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