Friendly Free Trade: Swap a Job You Love for One You Need Help With

Friendly Free Trade: Swap a Job You Love for One You Need Help With

Abby Stone
May 9, 2012

When I painted my living room, my friend Rose pitched in to get the job done. When she needed help figuring out how to arrange a wall of pictures, she called me.

It wasn't the first time I swapped a job I'm able to do for a job I lack the skill set to perform well. When you live alone and far from family, it's not uncommon to rely on your friends to help you with your home tasks. I've helped friends buy lampshades, choose wall colors, find fabric for pillows. I've consulted on furniture arrangements, gone on shopping trips, planted gardens, stripped furniture, made curtains, sourced couches and stained a deck. And I've relied on friends to help me decide how high a light should hang, pick which shade of paint is best, help paint my bedroom and my living room, and for any job which requires knowing how to use a drill. Yes, I could learn how to use one myself, but until that happens, I ask my friends.

Do you rely on friends to help you out with certain household tasks or to help you make design decisions?

(Image: Marcia Prentice from Aubin & Florice's Curiousity Fueled Home)

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