Return of the Homemaker: Can Going Back To The Kitchen Sink Help Our Careers?
Can 21st century home-making be the answer to the current career stalemate that we, as a demographic, are stuck in - forever to earn only three quarters of a man's salary and denied the top jobs?
'Tis the season to organize or so deems Walmart whose 'seasonal isle' is dedicated to storage bins of every conceivable species. It is also the season of snow days where our children destroy our house, the season of 'where's the other one' as we frantically search the house for the other glove even though, just yesterday, I surgically attached them to the sleeves of their coat and the season for epic devastating ice storms that brought my neighbourhood's power infrastructure to its knees for a full five days.
Infrastructure is key in our 21st century lives from the power that flows to the outlets to the water that flows to faucet and when it fails we can find ourselves living a minor nightmare.
On a smaller scale, we also need family infrastructure, otherwise known as home-making, methods to managing the madness that is a modern family. Once a subject worthy of its own schools of 'domestic science', it is now little more than the controversial protagonist in the argument of 'should you do it or should he' and, while I dream of a house with a 'self-clean' button, isn't it time that we change our attitude? Can 21st century home-making be the answer to the current career stalemate that we, as a demographic, are stuck in - forever to earn only three quarters of a man's salary and denied the top jobs?
Imagine we made a massive primary investment in building family infrastructure giving us the structure we need to live proactively. Whether it be a weekly meal plan, a laundry schedule or a predictable morning routine - it could be the counter-intuitive key to breaking through the last layers of the glass-ceiling giving us the time, space and organization to simply get more done in a more effective way.
As a busy mom myself, I am living proof that the time I spend on home-making actually pays back two or three fold, for example, instead of daily visits to the supermarket to find something for dinner I'm a once a week kinda gal with a time and money saving spreadsheet of a shopping list. Focusing on home-making gives me time and headspace to, for example blog, alongside my numerous full times jobs (no joke).
Many businesses have started to realize that a lack of personal infrastructure affects our work performance. Some even provide elements like onsite daycare or a concierge service. Alongside that house-self-clean button I also secretly dream of working for a company like this.
Let's be clear, I'm not advancing a mass full-time return to the kitchen sink forever to scrub the toilets while our husband's march into the office. In fact, in my home we are pretty close to 50/50 on the housework front. I am saying, that we need to re-cast home-making from the villain to something that actually helps us to achieve in all areas of our lives - to coin a phrase 'having it all'.
After all, homes don't happen, homes are made and a home is something that every single one of us wants to return to at the end of the day.