Make Love, Not To-Do Lists: It's National "No Housework Day"
April 7th is National No Housework Day. A 2008 study conducted at the University of Michigan found that the average American woman cleans her house at least 17 hours a week. When I read this I thought - Who are these women? Do they have children? Do they have jobs? Do they have sex? Seriously, 17 hours a week? That's a lot of time devoted to housecleaning.
There's no way I spend that much time cleaning. Then I started to mentally tally up the minutes I spend loading and unloading the dishwasher, emptying hampers, sorting and folding laundry, wiping out the sinks. Not to mention the occasional pile of dog vomit. I realized I probably spend more than 17 hours cleaning. That's depressing. Because cleaning isn't like climbing a mountain or running a marathon. Cleaning is like running on a treadmill. You don't really get anywhere. You just have to do it all over again tomorrow. It's like working for the U.S. Postal Service. Hence the term "going postal."
I feel that it is our duty to ourselves, our families and our country to take time off from housework. But a day isn't enough. Let's make it National No Housework Week. I know, I know. "But the laundry will pile up, and the dishes will pile up and it will get crazy!" OK, the dishes need to be done because you need to eat. But here's my suggestion. Take those 17 hours that you would spend doing housework, and make a list of things you'd really like to do instead.
Now take 5 hours of those 17 and devote them to sex. Now tell your husband/boyfriend/significant other that you'd like to take part in this No Housework Week and devote 5 hours of the week to sex, but the dirty dishes are preventing you from doing so. I'm thinking the dishes are going to to get done. And what's a better aphrodisiac than seeing your partner loading the dishwasher?
Happy National No Housework Week! Now go get your groove on!