It is a well known fact that while men's participation in housework has been on the increase in recent years, women still spend many more hours on housework and with children, whether they also work for pay or not. My own husband and I share chores pretty evenly, with some differentiation – I do all the laundry and he does the hoovering for example, but I think that is more based on what we like more. We share the cooking, with him whipping up 4-5 dinners a week, he's actually the one who inspired me to learn to cook. All this sharing certainly makes the time we spend together more equitable, but I was heartened to hear it might also be a factor in keeping us together over the long haul. According to the article "DIY: the women are doing it for themselves" in The Times "After 19 years studying more than 50,000 adults in Canada, Rod Beaujot, of the University of Western Ontario, reveals that dividing chores often makes for happier relationships than those in which one person works more and another takes on the lion’s share of the home duties. He focused mostly on housework and childcare, rather than specifically DIY, but his theory is clear: if both parties knuckle down to boring household jobs, couples are less likely to fight over them". Could men hoovering lead to marital bliss? It wouldn't hurt to find out….