(Closed) How much time do you spend on housework?

posted 5 years ago in Home
  • poll: How much time do you spend on cooking/cleaning/laundry etc. in an average week
    0 - 2 hours : (8 votes)
    9 %
    2 - 4 hours : (25 votes)
    27 %
    4-6 hours : (23 votes)
    25 %
    6- 8 hours : (19 votes)
    20 %
    8 - 10 hours : (10 votes)
    11 %
    10 - 12 hours : (2 votes)
    2 %
    12 -14 hours : (4 votes)
    4 %
    more than 14 hours : (2 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 3
    3943 posts
    Honey bee

    Just on cleaning/laundry I typically spend about 3-4 hours per week. I try to keep up with laundry throughout the week, but it still manages to pile up on the weekends. The longest part for me is the floors-vaccum, sweeping, mopping, etc.


    Cooking and food shopping can take several hours a week.


    Post # 4
    9682 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    Not much :- We have a cleaning lady, so we only do the basics (i.e. loading the dishwasher, laundry, tidying up). We do that on a daily basis though, so maybe 1/2 hour a day max.

    Post # 5
    2966 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    We go grocery shopping once a week, usually Saturdays although we went yesterday for this week because we didn’t have time during the w/e. That takes up about an hour and a half. 

    I cook mon-thrsday, and friday we go to Future In-Laws for takeout & movie. So about 45 mins a day for four days worth of cooking, and maybe the occasional weekend snack, I’d say 4 or so hours for cooking in general. 

    During the weekend I also deep clean the house – so that means going beyond dusting and mopping, to scrubbing bathrooms/tub and windows (alternating some things). That usually takes a few hours, maybe 3-4. 

    Laundy gets done once a week too, usually first thing saturday morning, and aside from putting the load in, folding is the only thing that takes maybe an hour tops. While the machines are working I do some of the things mentioned above. 

    There’s also the pool cleaning, landscaping and plant watering…FH mostly does that but I help him out sometimes as well. 

    So I would round it up to 12 hours a week? 


    Post # 6
    3830 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999


    1hr grocery shopping

    1-2 hr laundry

    2hr vaccumming,bathroom dusting

    so about 4-6ish

    Post # 7
    2565 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    1 – 1.5 shopping

    laundry, general mopping/cat boxes, etc. 3-4 hours?

    Post # 8
    5423 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 2012

    More than I’d like.  When I’m home I can keep up on everything but I travel for work and the long trips are brutal on the house since DH doesnt help out. For the usual stuff probably around 5 hours.  

    This weekend I vaccummed, cleaned and polished the floors in the whole house and that alone took 4 hours.  Granted I dont do that every week.

    Post # 10
    1465 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I have a pretty good routine going that I’ve been using for a while. 

    Every day after work I spend 1 hour doing a quick clean up. I unload the dishwasher, do one load of laundry, tidy up the bedroom, and sweep/vacuum as needed. 

    I find that by just taking one hour right when I get home from work, saves me from spending my weekends doing housework all day,

    Post # 11
    724 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    Cooking probably takes the most of my time, I enjoy it and do it often. We have a housekeeper.

    Post # 12
    1785 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @gingerbreadgirl:  I totally agree with you. If I was paid for all the household chores and cooking/cleaning and taking care of our wonderful pets – I would be banking the money. On top of that I have been doing a HUGE painting project (the house, main garage, and little back garage) for 2 weeks – and if I got paint what a professional painter makes $23/hour I would have already made $966.00 in 10 days or about $100 a day – and those hours don’t include the cooking and cleaning – and a cleaning lady makes around $20/hour so I guess my check would be about $1,136 in 10 days (I can only dream) – or my dear fiance could just put in a brand new tub and new counter tops and I would take that over the pay – something I need to talk him into Innocent

    Post # 13
    7311 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

    Cleaning (nightly clean-up + weekend deeper cleaning) takes about 4-5 hours a week

    Laundry (actual active time of sorting putting in, taking out, folding, putting away) takes another 2-3 hours

    Meal stuff (meal planning, list making, shopping, and actual cooking) takes another 9-10 hours

    Gardening/weeding/other yard work takes another 5 hours (at least, often more)

    TOTAL 20-23 hours at minimum

    Post # 14
    796 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2015 - Backyard Forest

    I probably spend about 6-8 hours. 

    I’d say 5-6ish for cooking and 1-2 hours cleaning 

    I’d say I spend about 15-20 minutes a day tidying/cleaning, and then spend about 1-2 hours cleaning every week/every other week. Probably should be more… I’d feel a lot less guilty about dust bunnies and messy closets.

    Post # 15
    3378 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    Let’s see…


    Grocery shopping – 1-1.5 hours

    Cooking – probably average 1 hour, 5-6 nights per week

    Taking care of cats – Probably adds up to 30 min

    Laundry – 2 hours?

    General cleaning (vacuuming, dusting, bathroom, kitchen, picking up) – 3-4 hours


    So at least 12 hours per week?  Yikes….that’s kind of depressing…Time to have another talk with Darling Husband about pulling his weight with the housework…

    Post # 16
    2269 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I voted 4-6 hours.

    Our house id pretty small, so cleaning it doesn’t take long and we do laundry twice a week-ish. Dinner takes about 1/2 an hour each night.

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