Wife for Hire

Kay Morrison put a price tag on women's work--the old-fashioned, domestic kind--and turned it into a thriving business helping super-busy people get organized.

by Jennifer Margulis
Photograph: Photo: Misty Keasler

Her own house in the Fontainebleau neighborhood is as organized and well twirled as any client’s. Baskets of ferns hang from the porch ceiling, and a vase of long-stemmed pink roses in the living room complements the retro decor. It does get cluttered, she says, but everything has a place, and these days she has time to put it all back together. In the entrance hall, a black-and-white portrait of her mother shows an attractive woman of the 1950s who could have passed for June Cleaver. “She taught me to manage my time,” Morrison says. “She would have been a powerhouse today.”

Jennifer Margulis is a travel and culture writer who lives in Ashland, Oregon.

Originally published in the May 2010 issue of More.

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Melissa Gans05.11.2011

I had looked forward to reading an article about a successful businesswoman, but instead this piece reads like a cautionary tale. Kay Morrison trades a lucrative job to start a business with a modest nest egg of $35,000. By the end of the article, she's recouped and reinvested the $35,000, "paying herself about $2,000 a month." Uh, wait a minute. Is this a misprint? Never mind the Jag and the Coach bag, how does she support her family or even contribute in a meaningful way on $24,000 a year? It's ironic and fitting that the name of the business happens to be the Occasional Wife. Indeed.

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