Chores: who does what in the modern family home?

We asked non-working mothers about the distribution of tasks in their household. Take a look at the full results of the survey, below.

 

Who does the following chores/tasks in your household?

Cleaning

Answer options Shared equally You do (all/most of the time) Partner does (all/most of the time)
Weekly/regular clean  22%   74%   5% 
Daily clean  22%   74%   4%
Vacuuming  21%   63%   16%
General cleaning of kitchen/bathrooms  19%   76%   5% 
Heavy duty kitchen cleaning (eg oven/fridge)  20%   69%   11% 
Tidying up   30%   65%   5% 
Putting bins out   22%   20%   58% 
Sorting recycling/putting recycling out   36%   33%   30% 
Washing clothes   15%   80%   5% 
Washing bedding   11%   85%   4% 
Changing sheets   19%   75%   5% 
Ironing   20%   59%   21% 
Changing lightbulbs   24%   19%   57% 
Looking after/caring for pets  37%   42%   21% 
Pest control   25%   34%   40% 
General gardening   25%   32%   44% 
DIY   20%   12%  67% 

Household finances and admin

Answer options Shared equally You do (all/most of the time) Partner does (all/most of the time)
Managing the family budget  34%   48%   17% 
Organising car insurance   26%   40%  35% 
Organising home insurance   15%   50%  35% 
Organising rent/mortgage payments  21%   41%   38% 
Organising MOT   25%   32%   43% 
Organising road tax   29%   38%   33% 
Organising payment of bills for utilities etc  19%   49%   33% 

Managing children's lives

Answer options Shared equally You do (all/most of the time) Partner does (all/most of the time)
Liaising with school/nursery over everyday issues   15%  83%   3%
Liaising with school/nursery over trips   10%  87%  3%
Being the first person called if there’s a problem   14%  82%  4%
Attending parents evenings   60%  39%  1%
Attending school plays   54%  45%  1%
Packing school bags   11%  86%  3%
Doing/supervising homework   26%  71%  2%
Arranging childcare  15%  84%  1%
Arranging applications for primary/secondary school  16%  83%  2%
Arranging play dates/ sessions where your child plays with another child   6%  92%  2%
Taking child(ren) to clubs   25%  69%  6%
Organising birthday parties   14%  85%  1%
Buying clothes   12%  87%  0%
Organising Christmas   20%  79%  0%
Buying family presents/cards   17%  83%  1%
Managing routine health appointments (doctor, dentist, optician etc)   9%  90%  1%

Family-related chores

Answer options Shared equally You do (all/most of the time) Partner does (all/most of the time)
Looking after children outside of work/school hours (evenings/weekends)  52%  46%  2%
Preparing activities/making arrangements for your OH to look after the children (evenings/weekends)  35%  61%  5%
Reading bedtime stories  50%  36%  14%
Bathing children   39%  44%  17%
Looking after elderly relatives   45%  49%  6%
Looking after poorly children   32%  66%  2%
Taking time off work to look after poorly children  32%  63%  5%
Settling children that wake in the night  36%  57%  7%
Organising birthday presents for family members  21%  79%  1%
Organising/booking holidays  37%  55%  8%

 

 

Would you like your partner to do more of any of the following?

Answer options Yes No
Chores around the house  47%  54%
Feeding the family  33%  68%
Household finances/admin  18%  82%
Managing the children's lives  33%  67%
Looking after the family  29%  71%

 

If your partner did more around the house or with the children, would you feel able to...

Answer options Yes No Don't know
Commit more to your (paid) work  41%  45%  15%
Spend more time enjoying family life  72%  17%  12%
Do more jobs around the house/garden  53%  31%  16%
Have more free time to pursue other interests  73%  16%  11%
Have more/better sex  41%  28%  31%
Have more time for each other/feel more appreciated  74%  15%  11%

Survey of 1,351 Mumsnet users, all had a partner and at least one child at home.

 

 

 

Last updated: almost 2 years ago