The question of how household tasks are divided up was asked in one of my Fet groups, so I thought I'd address it here. It is some thing people wonder about whether it is different for a Master and his slave than another couple that lives together.
Things like making medical appointments and handling the phone calls, repairmen calls, insurance companies, etc. are ordered and decided by my Master. He makes the decision on when and what is going to be done, but gives me the tasks of actually doing them. These sorts of things are often on my daily "to do" list that he gives me.
Taxes and paperwork, and bills - and anything else associated with financial keeping/investments- Master almost always does this himself, although sometimes he will delegate phone calls or trips to the bank to me. He keeps all our financial records and does the taxes himself.
I do the grocery shopping, meal planning and deciding what food to buy.
Master is a vet, so he takes care of the medical care for our animals. I do any daily treatments that are needed- giving pills, worming, applying tick medicine and heartworm pills, as well as all the grooming, nail trimming, training, letting out, exercising, feeding of dogs, cleaning up poop from outside or other messes they make, fence repair, taking care of the sheep, hoofing trimming, shearing (when I have some wool sheep) and every thing else the animals need. Sometimes it takes both of us, like for castrating sheep or pulling porcupine quills from dog noses.
Master tells me when daily life
appointments are needed, such as haircuts, and I make the calls.
Generic shopping- clothes and things for the house- I do most of it. If it is something a little more expensive, like a new set of sheets or a carpet, I wait until he gives me the approval to buy them.
An aside: Yay! I just got some new pretty sheets today because he told me to get some!
For home repair shopping sometimes he'll go or he'll just tell me what to buy and send me.
Car maintenance? Getting gas?
changing tires or the oil? Renewing the triple A card. We don't have a Triple A card. He makes all the car maintenance decisions. We take them to a shop to have all this done, including oil changes.
I get gas for my car on my own as needed.
Cooking dinner, doing dishes, clearing off
the table, sweeping the kitchen floors... digging the quarters out of
I do all the house keeping, laundry and most of the cooking. Now and then he'll cook, and he's good at it. He just prefers that I do it.
Child care: This is split pretty evenly when he's home at night. He reads with the kids, puts them to bed, and tells them to have their baths as much as I do. He plays video games with them too, which I don't, except for very rarely.
Shoveling snow, or scraping ice off the car window: We both shovel snow and scrape ice. This is job that takes everyone, even the kids, because our driveway is long and Master doesn't want to get a plow or snow blower. If a big snowstorm leaves us blocked in, Master will approve the calling of a pro to plow for us.
What about pulling weeds and fixing fences?
I do a lot of this, but we both work in the garden, we both haul wood for the fire, move bales of hay, mow grass, whack the weeds and do fence repairs.
He does a lot of the repairs and maintenance on the house and outbuildings, such as fixing the barn door, busting up concrete etc. I help by holding ladders or fetching things for him. Almost everything that involves going up on a ladder he does- gutters, dusk to dawn lightbulb changing, high painting etc.
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