Monday, July 11, 2011

Who's Chore is it, anyway?

Chores
Chores
Chores

In every household, there is an endless list of mundane chores...
…washing, cleaning, repairing, scheduling...etc, etc.
And in every couple, there is the endless question: Who’s chore is it, anyway?

For many…the decision is not cut and dry.
But for one…the decision is cut, dry, and pasted.

My bro-in-law has created a division of labor for couples that works…for him.
He uses an animal classification system...bulls and squirrels.

Bull work vs. Squirrel work
Bull work…is done by the man of the house.
It includes big physical work...such as heavy lifting, lawn mowing, cutting down trees, shoveling snow.

Squirrel work...is done by the woman of the house.
It includes small, detail wok….such as scheduling appointments, cooking dinner, washing dishes, vacuuming the floor, dusting the furniture, cleaning toilets. (Need I list more.)


And seeing PaulA has the same genetic make-up as his brother, PaulA has jumped on board with this
Bull work/Squirrel work division of labor.

So when it comes to laundry...
that chore would be all mine.
After all, washing, folding, and putting away laundry has “squirrel work” written all over it.
BUT should the washing machine need to be moved (so I could clean behind it)…
that’s Bull work.

Squirrel work is ironing the clothes and neatly hanging them in the closet.
Bull work is building a neat new closet. Getting the picture?

A very interesting thing about Bull work is that sometimes it requires more than one bull.
That’s when other bulls congregate, pick up a case (just in case they get thirsty)…
and talk about how the Bull work should be done.


Anywhooooooooo………


As I see it...

With this division of labor...the portion of the dividend is not evenly divisible by the divisor...
hence the squirrels have the remainder of the work.

This Kat is not buying this Bull work/Squirrel work concept...
it has Bull written all over it.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

cute

Chelsea said...

haha! mom you are clever!!
i like it, and yes bull work is not for me. its for the BULLS!!! :)

The Suburb Experiment said...

Wow. That's an interesting breakdown of chores. I have to agree with you about the bull being written all over it. I like how the guy just has to get out a piece of machinery once a week or so for an hour or two and then congratulate themselves for the rest of the week for lifting something heavy or whatever. While the woman has a never-ending list of stuff to accomplish. :) Maybe your sister doesn't work outside the home? That's the only way that would fly in this house. Hee hee!

Jenn

Torrie said...

Per my pal Jenns's comment (above)- I *don't work outside the home, and that STILL doesn't fly!!!!!!

no siree. ;)

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