(Last Updated On: November 7, 2022)


National No Housework Day directs us to put down the cleaning solution and toss aside the laundry. For one day each year on April 7th, the housework can wait. 

Take a break from the sweeping, dusting, and dishes. Dirty windows? They will wait one more day. The vacuum will remain banished to the closet. And mopping? Well, tomorrow it’s a date. 

While we don’t have to overlook the obvious necessary sanitary needs, we can leave a few dishes in the sink for the day. If the toys are scattered, leave them. Books cluttering the table? They can stay, too. Those chores you dread the most? Postponed for 24 hours. All general spring cleaning is delayed, too. Have closets been calling your name and begging, “Clean me!”? Ignore the voices. Do your cupboards need organizing? Hit the pause button on those, too. 

All regularly scheduled housework resumes on April 8th. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalNoHouseworkDay

  • Leave the housework.
  • Pick up a good book for the day.
  • Play board games with the kids.
  • Watch a good movie or two.
  • Binge-watch a television series you’ve been saving to see.
  • Play your favorite musical instrument.
  • Teach someone to paint.
  • Families, break out the Legos and give this Bingo Building Block game a try. Download and print the cards. You will need to cut them apart. There are 6 cards. You’ll need the bricks listed at the top of the card in red, yellow, green, and blue plus one Lego person per player plus a set for the caller. It should keep you away from housework for a while.
  • Share how you’re celebrating the day using #NationalNoHouseworkDay to post on social media.


Thomas and Ruth Roy at created National No Housework Day.

Housework FAQ

Q. If I don’t do housework today, will it still be there tomorrow?
A. Rarely does housework do itself. So, it is very likely that any incomplete housework will still be there for you to do tomorrow. That said, chances are if you do complete the housework today, there will still be more tomorrow.

Q. I live in an apartment. Is it still called housework?
A. Yes.


April 7th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History


President Franklin Roosevelt took the first step toward ending Prohibition and signed a law that allowed people to brew and sell beer, in the United States, as long as it remained below 4.0% alcohol by volume (ABV). Beer drinkers celebrated and were happy to be able to purchase beer again for the first time in thirteen years.


The United Nations establishes the World Health Organization.


The musical South Pacific opens on Broadway. Its critical success leads to 10 Tony Awards.

April 7th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

Walter Camp – 1859

Known as the “Father of American Football,” Walter Camp played an integral role in molding the sport into the game athletes play today. From the line of scrimmage to the creation of the quarterback, Camp played, coached, and developed rules valuable to establishing a lasting, competitive sport.

Billie Holiday – 1915

Born Eleanora Fagan, the American jazz singer rose to stardom in the 1930s singing with Duke Ellington and saxophonist Lester Young. The saxophonist would give her the nickname “Lady Day” which she would use in her autobiography Lady Sings the Blues.

Francis Ford Coppola – 1939

Award-winning director, writer, and producer, Francis Ford Coppola, brought memorable films to the big screen during the 1960s and 70s including The Godfather series, Patton and Apocolypse Now.

Jackie Chan – 1954

Born in Victoria Peak, Hong Kong as Chan Kong-sang, Jackie Chan began his career in the film industry as a child actor in a Bruce Lee film. Since then, the stuntman turned filmmaker brought his action-packed abilities to the U.S. with films like Rush Hour and The Karate Kid.

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