The 1950s and '60s were the glory days of home appliances and timesaving gadgets - for the first time, labor saving devices made it easy for the average person to cook and clean. Refrigerators and freezers, dish-washers and electric can-openers, electric blenders and vacuums, and yes, even the washing machine, made household chores less of an all-day activity and liberated women to take on extra work outside of the home. Nevertheless, as we know too well, these household chores still took time.
Today, we have all of these appliances and more, but time is more precious than it's ever been. Because of technological advances - including mobile phones and wireless internet - we can do more, so we do do more, though it's not all self-imposed. Clients, friends, and our jobs demand more of us. In households of two people, it is increasingly necessary for both parties to work to maintain quality of life, and parents hardly have a moment to themselves - not exactly time they want toRead More »from Hate Housework? Get it Done Quicker