Busy mothers spend third of waking lives running around after children (and 1,790 hours of that is on ironing)

28th Nov

This article is in relation to the busy life of a mother and how many hours of their lives they spend multi-tasking, ironing, cooking etc


Busy mothers spend third of waking lives running around after children (and 1,790 hours of that is on ironing)

  • Hardworking mums devote one third of their waking lives to carrying out chores for their children
  • Researchers found the lady of the house can expect to put in around 27,250 hours in their lifetime shopping, cooking and carrying out chores.

 ‘Everyone knows that mums are the backbone of the family unit. But seeing just how long they spend running around after their families puts things in to perspective. If mums got some help with just the cooking, they would have nearly four additional hours a week to spend time having fun with their children. With most mums working as well it’s important that they have flexibility in their lives. Spending nearly half a year of your life just doing essential food shopping isn’t exactly fun.’

milk&more, Andrew Kendall


  • Only four out of ten mums said they get any help around the house despite the fact that most of those surveyed held down a full time or part time paid job as well.


Food shopping 4,155 hours 49 minutes

Cooking 3,603 hours 36 minutes

Tidying 2,620 hours 48 minutes

Washing 2,442 hours 57 minutes

Washing up 2,180 hours and 42 minutes

Ironing 1,787 hours 45 minutes

School run 1,740 hours 57 minutes

Helping with homework 1,544 24 minutes

Cleaning the bathroom 1,506 hours 57 minutes

Appointments 1,432 hours 4 minutes

Running kids to after-school clubs 1,301 hours 2 minutes

Paying bills and sorting repairs 1,240 hours 12 minutes



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