Know what caught my eye today?
A story about a Sydney barrister who spends $6,500 a week outsourcing professional and personal tasks. That money buys her a research assistant, an executive assistant, a live-in nanny, three cleaners and a gardener. It helps her “have it all”, by which I mean ‘have a job’ and ‘have children’.
According to Fairfax Media’s report, Bridie Nolan (that’s not her above, by the way, that’s me) lives with her husband, three kids and two step-kids, and this arrangement allows her to run her legal practice, get enough sleep and exercise, and make quality time for her family.
“I simply could not do it all, maintain a practice and be nearly human,” she explains.
No matter who you are or where you live, there are only 24 hours in a day. How you spend your time depends on a myriad of factors but when your time is worth money, like it is for barristers, being wise about how you allocate it is smart. Nolan says she would rather spend the ‘free time’ she has relaxing with her kids and husband rather than doing accounts, cleaning the house or shopping for groceries. All power to them, I say.
But the cold hard truth of the matter is that very very few households would have a spare $650, let alone $6500, to spend on outsourcing domestic tasks a week (or even a month). But should that stop us from DREAMING? I say no.
Which got me thinking about what, in an ideal world where money was in abundant supply, what I would happily outsource. It was delicious to contemplate.
If I ever win the lottery or receive a ginormous inheritance from a long lost relative in Africa, like those spam emails keep promising me, the first thing I will do is hire a full-time laundry consultant. I would happily hand over that role and I would never look back.
The washing, the soaking, the hanging out to dry, the folding, the putting away. The dealing with another load of washing that has turned blue or grey or pink AGAIN. I’d be delighted to part company with those tasks.
I’d like to say I’d outsource the ironing too, but that would imply it’s something I currently do. I don’t. BUT! If I had a laundry service everything would be ironed! It would open up a whole new part of my wardrobe….
It would be bliss. I can assure you that my life enjoyment would surge as fast as my laundry work decreased.
Do you ever wander into Kikki-K just to envisage bringing all of that glorious organised bliss into your own home? I do. Because it’s heaven to think about.