CLEANING LADIES: Gabby Dargel’s hard at work mopping the kitchen and proving women do more housework than men.
CLEANING LADIES: Gabby Dargel’s hard at work mopping the kitchen and proving women do more housework than men. Chris Ison Rokcwork

Rockhampton cleaning fairy says men need to raise standards

EVEN when she heads out on holidays, Gabby Dargel doesn't forget about the housework.

The long and detailed list she left for her partner when she went on holiday is a reminder of just how much women do around the house.

"When I go away I tell him what I want done because he doesn't see things the way I do and he doesn't see when things need to be picked up or cleaned," Gabby said.

She said she thought most men just had a different standard when it came to cleaning.

"Even if men are living alone they can be messy," she said.

So Gabby wasn't surprised by a survey that revealed more than 75% of women do the majority of the housework in their families. More than half of these women admitted to feeling resentful about the imbalance.

Gabby said her boyfriend mowed the lawn and cleaned the dishes, while she cleaned the rest of the house.

She said she didn't want to fall into the stereotype of women looking after men.

"Sometimes I feel like he doesn't care," Gabby said.

But, Gabby said she was grateful to have a place of her own to look after.

"I kind of like the independence and I like having my own place to clean, but I wish he would help out a bit more."

Around the house

68% of women argue with their partner about housework

38% of men spend less than an hour on housework each week

39% of women spend up to six hours on housework a week

7% of men clean the toilet

10% of men empty or stack the dishwasher



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