The difference between then and now is staggering!
We all know that household life in the 1950s was more arduous, with no gadgets such as washing machines or dishwashers to lighten the load.
However, we were shocked to discover that housework in the 1950s took a whopping 57 hours a week on average — divided into 42 hours of “general housework” plus 15 to 20 hours of “deep cleaning.”
And, according to Currys PC World, which commissioned the research, today we are doing 55 hours less, at just 1 to 2 hours per week, per household.
That figure sounds too low to us, but there’s no denying that advancements in technology have made a huge difference to our lives. Other positive changes have happened too — a third of households now split tasks equally between men and women, which was almost unheard of in the 1950s.
When it comes to which room we clean most, the kitchen (47%) and lounge (25%) came out on top, while only 4% of people said they cleaned the bedroom regularly — surprising since we spend so much time in there!
Social historian Seren Evans-Charrington says: “Modern day households are not under the same pressure that our parents’ generations were, where the idea of an immaculate household was a social status symbol.”
“Now, not only are the everyday tasks like washing dishes and laundry done in a fraction of the time, we also share more responsibilities and have generally reduced the amount of tasks we do to encompass only the very basic chores.”