Woman stops doing housework for two days and the results are eye-opening

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Do the men in your house do the dishes?

Does your family share the chores?

Does everyone do their bit?

If the answer to those questions was no, you will want to take a look at this Twitter thread that has gone viral in recent days.

On Wednesday, Twitter user @MissPotkin posted that enough was enough when it came to the housework in her house.

She wrote: ‘Two days ago, I decided to stop doing the dishes. I make all the dinners and I am tired of having to do all the cleaning too. SINCE THEN this pile has appeared and at some point they are going to run out of spoons and cups and plates. Who will blink first? Not me.’

Two days ago, I decided to stop doing the dishes. I make all the dinners and I am tired of having to do all the cleaning too. SINCE THEN this pile has appeared and at some point they are going to run out of spoons and cups and plates.

Who will blink first? Not me. pic.twitter.com/IZkOwP3a6B

— Miss Potkin (@MissPotkin) March 17, 2021

Following on from the initial tweet, Miss Potkin decided to document the journey of her family and the chores.

‘They’ve used the last of the big bowls and they’ve run out of spoons,’ she tweeted on day three. ‘No one is saying anything about the big pile but I can hear their brains ticking. No family, I will not be loading the dishwasher today.’

She enjoyed a small win when the bins were taken out.

Unfortunately, the joy was momentary. Miss Potkin told her followers that one of her family members, ‘Irish’, was using the baby’s weaning spoon to make tea.

Things soon went from bad to worse.

Miss Potkin shared images of the laundry piling up in various areas around the house.

Let me know when you want to talk about the fact that I stopped doing the laundry too. It’s getting a bit post apocalyptic. The piles are everywhere. pic.twitter.com/9NEUIVExwE

— Miss Potkin (@MissPotkin) March 18, 2021

Yet the most distressing scene described is the lone sausage left sitting in the pan.

‘There is a pan on the cooker with a single sausage in it,’ she wrote. ‘It’s been there for two days. I can’t look at it because it’s turned the colour of the man that washes up in Cast Away.’

Thankfully, yesterday there was movement and Miss Potkin shared the news that the dishwasher was being loaded but in the end, it wasn’t turned on.

She also shared a video of the seemingly clean kitchen, however, the dishes were simply soaking in the kitchen sink.

Eventually, the dishwasher was turned on and house cleaned after three days.

The thread currently has over 150,000 likes and 38,000 retweets since being posted and the reaction has been colossal.

One user commented: ‘I have not gone full revolt but I have stopped killing myself to keep it all running and in order. It was suggested last night that we need to do a purge because it’s feeling so cluttered. I suggested maybe others help more.’

Another wrote: ‘I absolutely love what you’ve done and shared. I can’t tell you how exhausted I am of all this. I tried the not doing it once but couldn’t cope. However, most of our plates and cutlery are now resident in my daughter’s bedroom.’

In response to the reaction, Miss Potkin shared the reason why she stopped cleaning in the first place.

She wrote: ‘We do not “live like this”. This is a lesson in wanting to be heard and respected and not having to repeat yourself when things slip.’

Miss Potkin admitted that she found the experiment mostly hilarious and added: ‘We keep our homes tidy because love. We cook food and set tables and fill the air with scents of roses and fresh laundry because love. Love is patient but love is also f***ing tired because she works 14 hour days.’

The entire thread is not only enjoyable but highly relatable, showing how the burden of housework is still felt unfairly by women. Sadly, data also confirms how true this is.

In recent research from The Harmonised European Time Use Survey statistics (HETUS) data shows that women are, on average, more involved in household and care activities than men. With the participation rate of women between 77 % and 91 % on average across countries.

While in 2016, the Office for National Statistics found women did almost 60% more of the housework, on average, than men.

The best chore to do to keep harmony in the home? Washing the dishes.

A study carried out in 2006 investigated how various tasks affected people’s satisfaction with their relationship. 

For women, the shared task that mattered most for their satisfaction with their partner was dishwashing.

Women who found themselves the majority of the dishwashing reported significantly more relationship discord, lower relationship satisfaction, and less sexual satisfaction than women who shared the task with their other half.  

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