Cleaning House: The Ugly Truth

David Deem

When it comes to housework, it’s not all fun and games. In fact, cleaning chores are a source of conflict for many Americans, according to recent research.

The results of a survey from TaskRabbit conducted in partnership with Wakefield Research revealed that 46 percent of Americans have gotten into an argument with a roommate, friend, family member or significant other over "the right way" to clean things - and a whopping 78 percent have had a fight about household chores in general.

The findings also highlighted that basic household chores are onerous for many Americans. Among the worst offenders? Laundry (31 percent), vacuuming (31 percent), and changing a light bulb (23 percent).

Most surprising, however, was how often we’re arguing about the best way to do things: 27 percent report heated debates about the right way to assemble furniture, and 23 percent are struggling over the best way to fold laundry.

Of course, frustrations also mount over getting everyone to do their fair share with 30 percent having argued about clearing the shower drain, and 41 percent bickering about clutter.

The most despised chore? Cleaning the bathroom, according to 63 percent of respondents Other pain points included a dislike of yard work (43 percent) and cleaning up after pets (42 percent).

Given these findings, it’s not surprising that an increasing number of respondents would be interested in outsourcing undesirable tasks, such as last-minute gift shopping (29 percent), untangling Christmas lights or jewelry (27 percent) and waiting in a long line, such as for a table at a popular restaurant (35 percent).



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