There’s nothing better than a two-for-one deal – but one working mom’s attempt to turn her babysitter into a stand-in housekeeper has sparked a wave of backlash after she revealed the very lengthy list of chores she left for her child carer.
In a now-viral TikTok, Katrina Ivan, explained that she works as a teacher and also has a small business on the side, leaving her with little time to clean up her messy house.
So, in an effort to kill two birds with one stone, Katrina made a lengthy list of the various chores that needed to be done around her home – attaching a payment offer ranging from $3 to $15 for each task – and offering her babysitter the opportunity to ‘earn some extra cash’ by completing anything she chose from the selection.
‘Little things have been let go for too long,’ the mom wrote in the caption. ‘If my sitter decides to do this, I’ll be forever grateful. If not, I’ll get to it later like I already had planned.’
In the clip, which was been viewed over 1.5 million times and was posted in mid-December, she then showed the offending areas of her home, including her dirty fridge, the messy toy corner, and disorganized silverware drawer.
Working mom Katrina Ivan (pictured) explained she works as a teacher and also has a small business on the side, and wanted some extra help around the house
In a note left for her babysitter, Katrina assured her that she was ‘welcome to hang out and watch TV all night’, but listed the optional list of chores with corresponding pay
‘I’m a working mom and some of the important things have been let go too long in the past weeks,’ she explained in a slide in the TikTok.
In a note left for her babysitter, Katrina assured her that she was ‘welcome to hang out and watch TV after the kids went to bed,’ but if she was interested in making some extra cash, ‘these jobs are up for grabs.’
Katrina then listed with chores with corresponding pay, ranging from $15 to $5, adding in a comment her baby-sitter makes $28.75 an hour, which came to $75 for that evening of sitting.
For an extra $15, the babysitter could scrub and clean the fridge, and reorganize it, for $10 she could organizing the island bench, organizing toys, clean the glass mirrors and windows, scrub and reorganize the silverware drawer, and sweep and mop the kitchen floor. For $3, she could vacuum the couch.
”Just let me know if you decide to do any of these and the grand total I owe you on top of the babysitting money. Thanks for being here,’ she finished off the note.
Although some loved the idea – and many ex-baby-sitters saying they wished they had this options when they baby-sat.
‘I think this is a great opportunity for your babysitter. You’re giving a choice, and I love that,’ a person enthused.
‘I’ve babysat since I was 12 I’m now 21 and I do half of those without being asked (wipe counters sweep floors clean up kid’s toys do dishes & tidy up the living room) I never get payed extra for it by,’ another wrote.
She then showed the offending areas, including the disorganized island bench and her dirty fridge
Katrina posted a follow-up TikTok, explaining she updated the pay for some of the chores after commenters feedback
The note she left for her babysitter was divisive, with some loving the idea while others thought she was underpaying her
‘I nannied for years as a teenager and I would’ve loved this! it gives the OPTION for extra money while helping you a little more too!’ another wrote enthusiastically.
Others were appalled by the prices the mom-proposed.
‘With how messy your house is you’d better double those amounts…’ a user commented.
‘Those are 1990 prices,’ agreed another.
‘I think $10 is too cheap for some of these tasks considering the amount of work/size of the mess,’ was someone else’s opinion.
In a follow-up clip, Katrina revealed she had updated the pay for some chores after commenter’s feedback.
She updated the price of vacuuming – which is now $10 – and even interviewed her baby sitter, saying she’s ‘loving the money, and crushing the jobs we leave for her.’