So, the final Bank Holiday weekend is nearly upon us. Call it the end of summer, or the start of the countdown to Christmas, either way it makes the summer feel very short and the winter loom on the horizon in a most unwelcome fashion.
So, how do you plan to spend this long weekend?
Will you be squeezing in a last camping trip, cramming in as many barbecues as is humanly possible or will you be utilising the time to work your way through your “blue jobs”? We cautiously checked the Urban Dictionary on this and can confirm that our definition is “A task which is always done by the man in a relationship” and we should further reiterate that there is no sexism intended, it’s not that women can’t do these jobs, it’s generally that they really don’t want to!
Are you a household that has blue jobs and pink jobs, or does this very ethos strike fear into your politically correct heart? We thought we’d investigate further to see how people feel about the categories..
There’s a train of thought that says blue jobs tend to be more along the lines of practical, outdoor, strength reliant or courageous and pink jobs are household, social, family and dare we say it, domestic. As an example, we have the following lists:-
- Putting up shelves.
- Re-silicone the bath.
- Going to the tip or ordering a skip.
- Mowing the lawn and strimming the edges.
- Getting things out of the loft / shed / garage.
- Unblocking the toilet.
- Changing lightbulbs.
- Clearing leaves and generally tidying the garden.
- Burning rubbish.
- Cleaning windows and gutters.
- Putting out the bins
- Dealing with practical car matters – oil / screen wash / tyre pressures.
- Fixing bike punctures.
- Polishing shoes.
- Assembling any form of flat pack furniture or toys that have many parts.
- Fixing broken toys and general household items.
- Investigating strange noises in the night.
- Getting a spider out of the bath.
- Removing lids from jars.
- Carving the roast.
- Making the dinner and packed lunches.
- Food shopping and keeping the fridge and freezer in order (binning mouldy, out of date items).
- Laundry – washing, hanging out, bringing in and dividing between the family.
- Changing bed linen.
- Replacing the toilet roll when it runs out.
- Remembering family and friends birthdays and buying cards and presents.
- Organising the social life and keeping the calendar updated.
- Booking the babysitters and organising daytime childcare (ensuring the children are where they’re supposed to be, when they’re supposed to be there).
- Changing nappies, wiping bottoms, wiping noses, issuing medicine and clearing sick.
- Baking cakes for events, occasions and parties.
- Dusting (or organising a cleaner).
- Cleaning the oven.
- Unloading the dishwasher.
There does seem to be some jobs that are open to negotiation in a lot of households (are these purple jobs?). If these are different in your house, we’d love to hear your “bargaining jobs”! On our list of “negotiables” we have:-
Washing up (or stacking the dishwasher) – this appears to be a job that gets designated to the person that DOESN’T cook, in a division of work manner, so that the person that cooks doesn’t also have to clean up afterwards.
Hoovering – in an attempt to get men more involved in household chores, it seems that men will happily take on the hoovering mantle as it’s quite a physical job, potentially with an outbreak of sweating!
Reading this back, it appears that sexism is alive and kicking but in all honesty regardless of the advances in feminism and regardless of age, upbringing and social class, for some reason many households and couples do naturally fall into the pattern of this division of labour. It can’t even be called an allocation of tasks, as more often than not it’s unspoken – no-one decides that one person is going to perform a certain task, it just happens that way!
Whether for a blue job or a pink job, if you have any requirements for fencing, sleepers, decking or general timber, then Forestrall are here to help. Call us on 01474 444150 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org