I received a question via the BOBW Patreon this morning that made me think: why haven’t I outsourced organizing/decluttering our home?
I also have been thinking about outsourcing in general, because over winter break we didn’t really outsource anything. Our nanny got a lovely and well-deserved 17 day break, and therefore Josh and I were the only ones doing household tasks including cooking, straightening up, and laundry. I guess we did have the lawn service come once, but that was it.
I was able to reflect on the fact that I do in fact MISS doing some of these things on any given regular day. Okay FINE — not the laundry (though hey – we do about 1/6 the laundry of the other blogging Sarah — other Sarah, you are a laundry CHAMPION GRAND MASTER). But I actually do like cooking a lot (I do it on Sundays, but not often during the week) and generally being in charge of our space. That said, I *do not* have the time to do much of this with my current work schedule <– that applies to both my clinical work and my creative work, which together comprise a full time job without question.
And right now, I don’t want to make that trade off to cook more and work less; I’d RATHER spend my time doing these other things and it makes more sense financially as well, both long- and short-term.
ALL THAT SAID. . . I don’t really want to outsource decluttering my home. Part of it is that I don’t want to pay for it — yes, we COULD if we save less or take fewer trips. Truthfully though, money is finite (at least in most households, including ours!) and this is just not something I want to spend out on right now. But part of my hesitation is not entirely financially motivated because when I do the mental experiment of “but what if it were free?” I’m still not chomping at the bit to have others do this. I don’t think this is the patriarchy talking. I also don’t think it’s a “should” sort of thing. I just really REALLY want to touch every single item in our home and decide a) if it warrants placement in our home; b) where it should go if a = yes. (I recognize that for other people’s stuff, I can’t actually do this. But this IS my now-not-very-secret desire. Ha.)
The problem is that I am struggling to find the time (and energy) to actually spend time organizing and decluttering on a regular basis. It was thrilling (yes, that is the right word!) do go through the kids’ clothes and have A’s room entirely sorted through and organized. But that was possible because I wasn’t working (or driving kids to late-afternoon and evening activities). MAYBE my new year energy will stick around for months, making 2024 different? Only time will tell.
I did create my own room-by-room checklist to perhaps help me pace myself BUT since we did A’s room I’m feeling very pulled to do the other kids’ rooms too (for symmetry? fairness? who knows).
Have you ever outsourced organizing?
What do you NOT DO regularly that you maybe miss?