Ask Sherry: Why I won’t pay for household help
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Hi Sherry – has there ever been anything you have outsourced for a fee that you could have done yourself but didn’t want to expend the mental or physical energy (i.e. cleaning, cooking, driving, caretaker responsibilities, etc.)? If not, is there something you would consider in the future?
Hmm. Yes. Daycare and preschool.
I pay to put Little Bun in a place to get taken care of so I can go to work. I absolutely pay for that 100%.
I have not paid for any outside cleaning yet. It is a step, and a luxury I cannot quite get to because I don’t feel comfortable with someone else touching our things, and I don’t feel like I deserve it. My apartment is 1200 square feet, and it is not THAT arduous to clean. I would just need a day a month and it would be fine.
My partner also helps out and vacuums on occasion but as he cooks 100% and does everything else to manage the home and household, I cannot ask him to do anything, cleaning is my responsibility.
As for.. well eating, no.
No catered help, no chef anything.. thus far, no unless you count restaurants. I pay for restaurants once in a while.
Driving, again no.. I still think taking cabs is a luxury.
I don’t ever call a cab. I feel so strange if I have two legs. The metro costs $2.25 and any cab ride is at least $10… I just can’t get over it. I mean $10.. when I could just spend $2.25…
Is it something I’ll consider in a future? …… Maybe cabs. Maybe.
Maybe cleaning if I get really old and creaky like in my 70s and am unable to do cleaning with any kind of energy.
What width and depth are your tables in the living room and the one in the office/bedroom? (the ones that you work at) Thanks.
They’re the IKEA INGO tables.
- Length: 47 1/4 “
- Width: 29 1/2 “
- Height: 28 3/4 “
- Length: 120 cm
- Width: 75 cm
- Height: 73 cm