Janice Miller and Merle Coe admit it -- in unison: "We both hate housework."

So one of the first things they did after marrying in January was to hire a housekeeper to do the heavy housework twice a month in their Northwest D.C. townhouse.

"The big chores we allocated immediately," says Miller, 35, president of Women in Information Processing, a national network for women in the computer field. "The small things just evolved."

She keeps the household books, makes the bed and does the laundry. He takes out the trash, takes clothes to the cleaners and prepares weekend brunches and barbecues.

Whomever gets home first starts dinner. The person who didn't cook cleans up.

"We work late about three times a week," says Coe, 37, vice president of Computer Data Systems, Inc. in Bethesda. "So we eat dinner out about 50 percent of the time."

The second marriage for both: "We were aware of the nitpicky things that can drive you crazy," says Miller. "In my first marriage I was the dutiful housewife, because I thought that's what I was supposed to do.

"But, like many couples today, we feel it's both people's responsibility to keep the house running."

"We go by who is good at something and wants to do it," says Coe. "We've worked it out pretty comfortably, considering we're learning to live with two fast-paced jobs. But if everything went too smoothly it'd be boring."