The Barn Raising
In Pioneer times in the United States families would hold barn raising events. Barn raising was something that needed a lot of hands for a short period of time (and no it was not an Enigin Scam ). The family would put on a big fun filled event and their friends and family would come, raise the barn and then have a party.
Barn raising could be a brilliant model that we bring into modern times to help families survive in these tough economic times. These days when there are big jobs to do around the house, most families are likely to call in a professional at great expense. This could be for everything from painting to installing a new kitchen.
There is a bit of finesse to having a barn raising because you need the type of jobs that benefit from a lot of hands and don’t fall into the category of ’too many cooks spoil the broth’. Floor stripping and sanding is a good example. Floor refinishing can take a long time, but only one person can do it at a time. This is where the finesse of the host can come into play: making sure helpers are organized and possibly staggering their arrival.
Painting can be another good task, but it is important that the host displays excellent leadership. People need to have jobs that match their skills. To avoid any horrible misunderstandings, it is a good idea that you make quality issues very clear from the start. The last thing you want to do is end friendships because your best friend’s new boyfriend dripped paint on your carpeting!
If you are the first person in your group of friends to host a barn raising, set a good example. You should provide a lot of good food and drink and promote a fun and convivial atmosphere.
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