savannah (onsafari) wrote,

Division of Labor

The smartest thing I've done lately is decide that it's ok to pay someone else to help with stuff round the house. I finally realized that I don't live on a pioneer farm and thus have access to people who are experts in their fields around things like yardwork, cleaning, plumbing, etc. I still don't think I'm over the guilt of hiring someone to do something I could do myself, but watching the landscaper working in the yard and accomplishing in 2 days what I tried to do all last summer and failed at is making a huge dent. There will still be more to do once the men are done, but the progress is just - well, it's astonishing.

The Puritan in me is still fighting this idea, even though my inner economist says that from a strict cost perspective this is the most efficient way to work. I'm fighting this inner battle on yardwork and housecleaning, but had no problem hiring a plumber or house painters. Somehow, there's still a little bit of SuperWife involved in those tasks.

At least I can content myself with the fact that the work will be done, I can do the pruning myself to make the plants fit the configurations I want and we're getting work done on the interior of the house at the same time.

It's really a good division of labor. My husband is currently fitting flooring on the stairwell. I'm taking a bit of a break as I've just finished chopping up meat for the cats food and started a load of laundry. I'd be working on cutting the stair noses to make them square except that I've already broken 2 bits on the sabre saw this morning and we really need to go buy a new one so I don't break any more.
Tags: house renovations
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