Women spend THREE HOURS every week redoing chores their men have done badly
18:47 GMT, 19 March 2012
If you want a job doing properly, do it yourself, goes the old adage.
And for millions of women across the UK, this familiar saying has an unwelcome ring of truth.
A new study has revealed that women spend three hours a week redoing chores they consider their partner hasn't done properly.
Inadequate Women complain their men only vacuum the middle of the carpet – and then walk over it in dirty shoes
Doing the laundry, vacuuming and washing up are the main tasks which men fail to complete to their wife or girlfriend's satisfaction, it emerged.
Not rearranging sofa cushions tidily enough, making the bed incorrectly and wiping down kitchen worktops are also areas where men fall short.
A spokesman for Sainsbury's, which carried out the study among 2,000 women, said: 'Modern day men do more household chores than ever before, and nearly half of all couples now share working and looking after the house together.
‘Although it’s impossible for women to do everything themselves, they still have high hopes for perfection – and if jobs aren’t done to the desired standard by their partner, often many feel they could do better themselves.’
The study found nearly half of the women polled claimed their partner often washes up, but doesn’t finish the job by wiping down the kitchen sides.
I should have done it myself! Women complain that their partners complete household chores shoddily, meaning they have to be done again
A third said their men leave sofa cushions in a mess while 32 per cent never bother to make the bed.
And 28 per cent said their man would happily cook an evening meal – but then leave the kitchen in a state with food splatters all over the oven.
But despite the findings, two thirds of women admit their partners do genuinely try to get things right, and four in 10 households now share the chores evenly.
The survey also revealed one fifth of men aren’t even aware of the fact they do the chores badly – and half of women say they don’t bother nagging them to do better.
Men are also more likely to throw
mess into drawers rather than sort things out properly, or put things
away in the wrong place so they are never found again.
laundry causes a multitude of problems – as men hang too many clothes
together on the rack so they don’t dry, rarely separate the darks from
the lights and don’t fold anything before putting away in the wardrobe.
it comes to washing up, most men prefer to precariously stack dishes in
a mountain on the draining board rather than drying up, or if they have
a dishwasher, they’ll over-pack it preventing everything from getting
Even the vacuuming leaves women fuming, as their partner only hoovers the middle of the room and then proceeds to walk around the house with shoes on afterwards.
The Sainsbury’s spokesman added: ‘Two thirds of women admit they find they’re pleased when their partners get involved with the cleaning, and are glad when he has recognised that these things don’t get done by themselves.
‘Yet they can’t help but be critical of his attempts, believing they’re not quite up to scratch.
‘Perhaps it is the case that men just don’t care as much and don’t realise how much work goes into having a clean and tidy home – and after a long day at work they are more concerned about putting their feet up than plumping pillows or pairing socks.’
And despite spending the equivalent of one whole week every year re-doing housework, over half of women reckon that if their partner could be bothered, they would actually do a better job than them of the chores because they would be more thorough.
TOP 20 JOBS MEN DO BADLY
1. Wiping worktops after washing up
2. Plumping cushions on the sofa
3. Straightening and flattening the duvet
4. Cleaning the oven
5. Failing to plump pillows on the bed
6. Straightening bottom bed sheet
7. Putting things into drawers tidily
8. Returning things to their rightful home
9. Spacing out wet clothes whilst hanging drying
10. Putting away wet dishes after washing up
11. Vacuuming – they do only the middle of the room and not the edges
12. Washing up – they ignore dirty mugs
13. Separating darks from the lights when washing clothes
14. Pairing socks after they've dried
15. Wearing shoes in the house after vacuuming
16. Leaving dirty washing on the floor next to the washing machine
17. Doesn’t shake clothes out when hanging them up
18. Folding clothes before putting them away
19. Decorating the bed with cushions when making it
20. Loading the dishwasher