Work vs chores. Photo by Charles Deluvio on Unsplash

Separating work from home – David’s story

I currently live with my partner. We both work for the NHS as allied healthcare professionals. My partner’s job has remained relatively the same, with them going into a hospital at their usual shift times. Mine, however, has been quite different. I have had to bring a large amount of my work into the home which has brought specific challenges. The role is emotionally very demanding and it is much harder to get a sense of separation from work and the home. I have managed to create some distance by setting up an office in the spare bedroom.

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Balancing work – Angela’s story

I am a menopausal mother of 4 with only our youngest (18) still at home. I work at home as a hairdresser, though much less now as finances are in a healthier place than when we had a big mortgage and all the children to support, my husband works full time for TFL. Even back then when we had a lodger living in our living room to help make our incomes stretch, I have always had a cleaner, working from home meant the house always had to be clean and I hate cleaning, I would rather do an extra set of highlights and pay someone else to do housework.

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Balancing the burden of work – David’s story

I live with my wife who also works full time but at hours and at weekends and is quite physical that is not conducive to having time to do much housework and on her days off needs the rest. For those reasons I undertake most of the house work cleaning the bathroom and toilet, general dusting and hoovering, all cloths washing and other general tasks. We both shop and cook for ourselves and do our own ironing, although on the odd occasion she will iron my shirts. Then once every few months I will employ a cleaner for a more thorough clean.

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Hoovering - vacuum cleaner. Photo by The Creative Exchange on Unsplash.

Who Does the Hoovering? The Importance of Housework

I first started thinking about the importance of housework about two years ago at a conference whose theme was thinking about the future work – one of the keynote speakers discussed how technology was changing how we think about work and what it means and yet throughout his talk he never once mentioned housework – which seemed odd and yet also unsurprising considering how little we discuss looking after the house in the context of work.

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