Several weeks ago I read an article by Laura Vanderkam (who was a guest speaker in on of my classes last semester) about subscribing to laundry service — having somebody come pick up your dirty laundry and return it to you clean. She writes about doing household chores yourself versus outsourcing them so that you can spend more quality time with your family. I was a little bit surprised at some of the responses the initial source, Sarah, got from her friends. Almost as if they think she were cheating on her household duties by not doing the laundry.
I’ve been thinking about what household chores I would outsource if I did have more discretionary income or I could find someone to do it for me. I don’t mind doing laundry, even though I have to go to a laundromat to do it. I don’t love gathering quarters and sorting the clothes, but I do enjoy the relatively laid-back time spent folding the clothes while watching some tv on the internet and Simon naps, so it balances out for me. (I imagine this will change when Simon no longer naps as much.) What I really wouldn’t mind, however, is for someone to plan meals for me. Meal planning takes up too much of my Monday mornings. I can make the list in a few minutes once I’ve decided what I’m going to make for the week and I love making the meal each night, but it is torturous for me to figure out what it’s going to be. I just want someone to tell me what to make and I will gladly make it. Honestly. Get me a meal planner and I will do everything else around the house myself.
What responsibility would you turn over to somebody else if you could?