Give Gift Of Clean Valentines Day
February 14 is supposed to be about celebrating your love for the special someone in your life. However, the relationship strain associated with household chores may leave many couples glaring at each other rather than casting starry-eyed glances.
While we wouldn’t necessarily recommend forgoing any flowers or chocolates, a break from the household chores could make excellent Valentine’s Day gifts for couples. Learn about the impact cleaning house can have on your love life, then take a look at how a little bit of help could go a long way.
Household Chores As Part-Time Lovers
Many people come home from work and dive straight into cooking dinner, paying bills or ticking boxes off their daily cleaning schedules.
Well, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics American Time Use Survey
Excessive Amounts of Chores Leave Love on the Rocks
At some point, you may have vocalized the thought that all the cooking, cleaning and organizing you have to do has led to discord within your partnership. A working paper from Harvard Business School
In fact, the HBS working paper referenced a study of new divorces that found 30% of respondents “cited ‘disagreements about housework’ as the number one reason for their divorce.” Additional research indicated that agreement over household chores was the third most important factor in a successful marriage.
If that’s not convincing enough, a quick internet search will immediately yield myriad results indicating that seething about your significant other watching TV while you’re stuck scrubbing toilet bowls
Bring Back the Sunshine with Housekeeping Help
Here’s the good news: That same HBS working paper hypothesizes that couples who spend money on time-saving purchases — such as cleaning services — are happier and share more quality time together.
And guess what? The results of their studies so far show that is indeed the case! Time-saving purchases like housekeeping services are proving to increase both the satisfaction in the couples studied while also allowing them to spend more quality time with each other.
So while it may not seem like one of the most romantic Valentine’s Day gifts for couples, a healthy dose of housekeeping help could lead to lots of love and happiness. In addition, we’re willing to bet your partner might appreciate the gesture even more if you explained the logic behind your gift. All in all, it’s a win-win!