Today, April 7, is No Housework Day. (Ironic, isn’t it, that April 8 is Equal Pay Day and we know there is a correlation between the housework gap and the wage gap. But more on that later.)
Women spend, on average, between 30 and 60 percent more time on housework and childcare than men do, regardless of who works and who doesn’t. How are we supposed to have it all, if we’re so busy doing it all?
So I urge you ladies, to put down the mop. This week, try lowering your standards, just a little, and see what happens. You don’t have to stop mopping (who mops anymore anyway?) But use the mop as your metaphor for something you can stop doing that doesn’t bring you joy, in order to make time for something that does.
Maybe, you can forgo making the beds. After all, if you’re lucky, you’re just going to climb back in at the end of the day anyway. So shut the bedroom door instead. Maybe, you can skip the flat iron. Let your curls free and stop aiming for a mass media manufactured beauty ideal. Maybe, you can say no to just one request. You don’t need to be on every committee you know.
What can you accomplish in the time it takes you to mop, metaphorically speaking? JK Rowling wrote Harry Potter instead of doing housework. That worked out well. Take a nap. Phone a friend. Update your resume. Ask for a raise. Read a book. Write a book. Work out. Call your legislator and tell them to support the Paycheck Fairness Act. Just this week ladies, give it a try. What can you do when you put down the mop?