Survey: Majority of working moms feel guilty about their homes’ cleanliness

It’s time for spring cleaning, and guess who will take on the guilt about all that dust build-up?


(Courtesy of Andrea Kaplan PR)

The Working Mother magazine survey, published in the April/May issue, found that 68 percent of those asked consider cleaning a source of guilt — despite the fact that other research shows this same population is spending more time working and on child-care duties.

“What it means to be a responsible parent, spouse and worker has ratcheted up to an impossible level,” said Jennifer Glass, a sociology professor at the University of Texas, in an accompanying commentary.

“The women I talk to never think of themselves as doing a good job as a parent or spouse by bringing home money.”

About half of those surveyed said their husbands help (which is a departure from a Real Simple magazine survey published in that magazine’s April issue that said in general women avoid asking for help in organizing the home).

Still, most of those working mothers polled said they felt keeping a home clean fell under their own portfolio: Fifty-six percent said they agreed that “a good mother keeps her house clean.”

Another interesting quirk in the findings: The top reason cited for wanting a clean home? To establish a “sense of calm.”

But how can we establish a sense of calm when we have so much to do?

How do you feel about the cleanliness of your house? Is it a source of guilt?

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