Category: Home Economics

Chores: A little a day or a lot at once?

Some aspects of housekeeping are fun. If I’m by myself, grocery shopping is prime me time. I also like trying new recipes (again, when there’s no one pulling on my leg). This beet, tomato, and radish salad was an experiment riffing on a recent recipe in Runner’s World. However, as my household is currently operating without a cleaning service, I’ve b… read more »

“And then there were the wife bonuses”

If one party in a relationship earns a paycheck, and the other doesn’t, how should financial decisions be made? When should either party need to consult the other, and when is that not necessary? There are answers in the real world, and then there are answers, according to a recent essay in the New York Times, in the rarefied world of the Upper East Side of Manh… read more »

Faulty work/life narrative 3: It’s all on mom

Like many people, I’ve been shocked by the news of Dave Goldberg’s death late last week. It was an utterly senseless accident, and regardless of who the people in question were, the idea of a happy couple going off on vacation and the wife coming back as a widow with two young kids is just heart wrenching. Most readers of this blog know what we do of Goldberg fr… read more »

Reader question: Pay off debt or keep the cleaning service?

Today’s reader question has to do with both money and time. The reader, who works full-time and has two young daughters, explains the situation like this: “The woman who used to clean our house has moved on to a new job and now we are without. We are also in the process of paying off our debt, which was scheduled to be paid off in 18 months. I was thinking that per… read more »

The life-changing magic of not tidying up

Here are some interesting things to know about Marie Kondo. When this young Japanese “cleaning consultant” comes home from work, “I greet the waist-high potted plant by the window and stroke its leaves,” she says. Having fondled the foliage, “My next task is to empty the contents of my handbag on the rug and put each item away in its place.” Not ev… read more »