Category: Home Economics

The saga of the broken office chair

I am writing this while sitting on an office chair with a hole in it. It's a Restoration Hardware dining chair that has been repurposed for my office, but it turns out that dining room chairs are perhaps not meant to be sat upon for 40 hours a week. Or else I sit in a particularly violent fashion. In any case, the seat ripped a few years ago. I solved this problem by put… read more »

Housekeeping vs. childcare: the utility of an extra hour

In a comment on my previous post, reader Jenny posed a question about how to best invest in making life easier during what another commenter recently called the "rush hour" years. These are the years when you are building your career, and raising a young family. Time and money are both limited resources, though time is more strictly limited. You can make mor… read more »

What to pick up when you drop the ball

Even as women make great strides in the workplace, many feel like they shoulder an unequal percentage of the work at home. And so, discussions on balancing work and life often turn to a lament on "how can I get my husband to do more?" Tiffany Dufu's new book, Drop the Ball, proposes another suggestion: you could try doing less. Lower your standards. Don't gate… read more »

OK, enough wrestling

I have spent many a winter Saturday morning at wrestling meets this year. This weekend was no different, except my 7-year-old had wrestling events on Saturday AND Sunday. It was a lot of wrestling. I think probably I have had enough wrestling for a while. But -- fortuitously! -- this wraps the season up, and the upside of tracking my time is that I know the weeken… read more »

Holiday time tips

Over the years, I have seen some pretty silly ideas for saving time during the holidays. For instance, once of my old Good Housekeeping magazines from the 1960s suggests giving children toys to keep them out of the kitchen while you're making cookies, as if cookies needed to be baked for their own sake, as opposed to being something fun you do with your childr… read more »