Hashtag #ChoreBarter?

Heather Davies makes a case for trading chores:

I absolutely adore cooking. Ever since I was a little girl, I would visit my grandmother in Bayside and she would teach me how to cook. At the time, I didn’t know how valuable the skill of cooking was; it was all just fun to me.

I would help shape meatballs, bread chicken and eggplant slices, and bake cakes and cookies. My grandmother would always have me make extra, and deliver a Tupperware container of food to her neighbor Suzanne.

I loved everything about it, and today I cherish the time in my own kitchen, creating meals and sweet treats in the same ways I was shown so many years ago.

I certainly don’t embrace all chores with the same gusto. For instance, I am not a huge fan of gardening. I do love the end result, but I find the work completely tedious and incredibly unpleasant. I do not like getting dirty and I hate bugs, worms, and have a mild phobia of birds. This means being outside more than required isn’t something I ever have enjoyed.

I am very lucky, as I have a husband who hates cooking and loves gardening, so we balance each other in the chores we are happy to take on in a pretty wonderful way. I know not everyone is as lucky, and that has me thinking: with social media being the giant that it is, how hard would it be to set up a local group where people can chore-share?

There are already countless community pages, buy and sell pages, and all manner of fan pages that get absolutely tons of fans and daily comments. Why wouldn’t it be feasible for groups to exist whereby chores are exchanged? Wouldn’t it be nice if you could have your neighbour help with cutting your grass once a week in exchange for washing their car, cooking them a meal, or walking their dog on the day they work a double shift?

Aside from those who simply don’t like a particular chore, there are a lot of people who are not fortunate enough to be physically able to complete all the chores that make independent living possible.

I go to town each week to do some shopping. Would it not make sense for me to offer my mobility impaired neighbor a ride, or pick up something that they need, and in exchange maybe they can sign for a parcel I will have delivered while I am at work?

Social media and the internet is a wonderful tool, and it is used for a lot of good. Imagine how much more good can be achieved if we use it to connect to our local populous in a meaningful way?

I, for one, will be starting a local chore-share group. I would love to think others will invest just a little time to do the same, and would be so excited to see something like this trend in areas all over the country.

Wanting to try to start a chore-share up? I want to hear all about it! Leave a comment, drop me a line. Let’s use the internet for it’s best purpose, and share what works the best and make this a very real, and very reliable, thing.

Heather Davies is a New Yorker by birth and by definition. Her passion for her city and the people in it drive her to work towards creating stronger and more closely knit communities.

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