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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.

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I am disabled, and it took me a LONG time and living in complete chaos to admit I needed help. With three kids, living in chaos isn't a good thing.

I hired a housekeeper a year ago, best thing that ever happened to me. Hired yard guys last week. Huge chunk out of my budget, but you know what? I needed it.

You go!

I had similar misgivings, hiring people to do something I could do myself. Then I watched them do it (my recent lj about the terrace work) and realized that if 3 guys who did this everyday and had all the right tools were having a tough time I'd be dieing. Suddenly it was like a reward for being smart and practical. Situational ethics, as the MythAdventures books would say. Be puritanical about work when it's in your interest, but puritanical about hiring help when it's not.

Hiring professionals means having some one to blame and come back to fix it if they fucked it up. You're paying to get the job done faster than you could, perhaps better than you could, and certainly with the insurance that you can call them to fix the job and do it right if they didn't in the first place. We don't have a lot of money, but we also don't have a lot of time and /or construction/landscaping skills.

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