A working woman asks people on social media whether outsourcing tasks is appropriate or out of line.
"Embracing the mess" might be the mantra for modern households. In today's world, the professional front for almost every individual has become so chaotic and busy that taking care of the house has shot down way below the priority list. Nobody understands it better than Katrina Ivan—who goes by @kivankc on TikTok—whose house had become almost a dumpster because she and her husband could not focus on it. Both of them worked and had busy schedules but had a leave coming up soon. Even though she could have stayed back to clean it all up, she also wanted a break from work to enjoy a "date night." Seeing the circumstances, she concocted a plan and revealed it on TikTok to get people's opinion. Her method of "outsourcing" definitely raised a lot of eyebrows.
Ivan explained herself in the caption, "I am a teacher and I have a small business that is in the busy season. Little things have been let go for too long. If my sitter decides to do this, I'll be forever grateful. If not, I'll get to it later like I had already planned." The mother has a babysitter coming to look after her kid and plans to offer the babysitter extra money to do chores around the house that she can not get to due to her busy schedule. The mother left a note for the babysitter, in which she wrote, "You are more than welcome to hang out and watch TV all night, but if you want to make some extra $, these jobs are up for grabs."
The woman has priced tasks like cleaning the bathroom, scrubbing and reorganizing the silverware drawer, sweeping the kitchen floor, organizing the island and toys at $10 each. She set the cost of vacuuming the couch at $3. For cleaning out the refrigerator, she offered $15. The mother finished the note with, "Just let me know if you decide to do any of these and the grand total I owe you on top of babysitting money. Thanks for being here." She is basically "outsourcing" her domestic tasks. The reason to put the list out on TikTok is to know whether it was a good "compromise" or if she was stepping out of line.
The comment section loved the idea but did find some scope for improvement. @somo.mama felt that this was a great chance of earning for the babysitter and wrote, "I think this is a great opportunity for your babysitter. You're giving me a choice and I love that." @lriuzck commented that some prices were too low, "I think $10 is too cheap for some of these tasks considering the amount of work/size of the mess."
In the follow-up video, Ivan gave an update on how things went. The babysitter did take her up on the offer and did the tasks when the kid was sleeping. As per the suggestion, the price of vacuuming was upped to $10 and the babysitter ended up with $115. The woman shared the babysitter's reaction, "She loved this idea. Within ten minutes of being gone, I saw my ring doorbell go off and she was outside cleaning the windows." It turned out to be a sweet deal for both parties.