Outsourcing our 'domestic demands'

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Registered: 10-02-2006
Outsourcing our 'domestic demands'
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Thu, 03-13-2008 - 10:55pm

About 10 yrs ago I was listening to a VP at my company (fortune 500) and realized that she had it all - the career/kids/husband (not in any particular order).

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iVillage Member
Registered: 10-24-2007
Mon, 03-17-2008 - 9:33am
I prefer to employ someone to sit on my sofa and lift THEIR feet for my cleaner, freeing my time for saving the world.
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Registered: 07-17-2007
Mon, 03-17-2008 - 9:36am

"I also wonder what message it gives to children when they see someone with a lower economic status than their family coming into their house to clean up after them. "

I used to think similarly, then I read Doris Janzen Longacre's book, "Living More with Less: A pattern for living with less and a wealth of practical suggestions from worldwide experiences of Mennonites". She is the grandmother of the simplicity movement in the US. In it she describes why the choice to hire someone to come in your house to clean can be made with an eye toward simplicity and she gives examples of how it adds to the community by employing someone (as long as you pay a living wage) and how those wages go far in helping another family attain economic independence.

I still go back to reread her book from time to time. It is chock full of suggestions that mostly have stood the test of time and seem eerily prescient with regard to climate change and leaving a smaller carbon footprint.

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Registered: 10-24-2007
Mon, 03-17-2008 - 9:44am

>>No not really. The extent i've thought about it is "god I wish i could afford that it woudl ROCK"

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Registered: 10-24-2007
Mon, 03-17-2008 - 9:47am

>>she describes why the choice to hire someone to come in your house to clean can be made with an eye toward simplicity and she gives examples of how it adds to the community by employing someone (as long as you pay a living wage) and how those wages go far in helping another family attain economic independence<<


I do completely understand that side of

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-09-2007
Mon, 03-17-2008 - 9:54am
If I could afford it I would outsource and have a housekeeper and a Gardner.
Jess


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Registered: 12-29-2004
Mon, 03-17-2008 - 10:00am

Your personal distaste is something I'm trying to understand, that's all; it's not that you have to justify it in any way.


Of course, doing without certain things doesn't preclude you from volunteering - that would be even more illogical, lol.

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Registered: 12-29-2004
Mon, 03-17-2008 - 10:01am
But first I want my tea!
iVillage Member
Registered: 10-24-2007
Mon, 03-17-2008 - 10:16am

>>Your personal distaste is something I'm trying to understand, that's all; it's not that you have to justify it in any way.<<


It's not complicated, really.

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Mon, 03-17-2008 - 10:24am

"(while we do what?

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Mon, 03-17-2008 - 10:25am
How many hours a week do you spend cleaning your home?

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