In the past two weeks, I have taken a major step toward domesticity: I now live in a house. Yes, it’s rented, but it has a yard! And its own recycling bin! And a garage! And a porch! I could own a dog. I could sunbathe nude in the backyard. I could have a cactus garden.
But … but. There is now a whole new galaxy of dull chores to attend to, and ways to not upset neighbors. And while some of those chores are great and make me feel like the Little Blogger Housewife on the Prairie (see: sweeping off my adorable porch) others are unspeakably drab. Like making sure to drag in the recycling bins in a timely way, since everyone else has them off the street by, like, 8:30 a.m. And watering. And weeding.
So. Since this is a new thing for me, a question for readers who have outdoor spaces/yards/etc. to look after: How does one become a responsible, um, yard-haver? Especially if you hate doing yardwork?