House & Home

Maintaining a home is a lot of work. Get house maintenance checklists and calendars. Make the day-to-day of your home easier with meal planners and family dinner ideas, laundry shortcuts and decluttering checklists.

A wealth of knowledge

feature, working mom, sticky post, upside down homeI have been cooking and cleaning for my family since I was 12. The daughter of a career woman and a military man, we all had to help out. I cleaned houses and airplanes to support a gap year. I know how much work it is and how it feels to be on that end of the relationship.

Then I learned the other side. I have been paying others to do the cleaning and other services since I started my career. For 20 years I have been engaging companies and individuals for everything from cleaning and cooking to research and personal care.

I have amassed a wealth of templates, tools and guides that have helped me navigate over the years. Here, I will share them and my experience with you.

Necessity Demands Innovation

clutter organizationWhen I was a child, my doctor warned me that most housecleaning would be too hard on my hips and back. It took me 10 years of it to realize he was right and to make other arrangements A decade later, I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis when my husband and I were painting the walls of our first house. I was warned not to spend too much time on my feet.

I had to learn another way. In the last 10 years, our family got bigger and so did the house. I wouldn’t have survived without learning how to engage others and use household help.

You will learn what I learned, to outsource your chores without feeling guilty. Find out how to have helpers in your home without being uncomfortable. Leverage instruction guides that will walk others through chores to be done on your behalf, so that you don’t have to organize them yourself.

Affordable Options

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Later, when I was bedridden, I engaged help with things others have never considered. My creativity and organization enabled us to leverage all sorts of resources in ways no one ever imagined. Learn how to do the same to gain more time for the better things in life, without breaking the bank.

We are not rich, nor poor. Like you, we are somewhere in between. We make a decent living, but it is never enough for everything we want, and, like all parents, we worry about having enough for the future. I have some suggestions that might help.

And when you’ve learned all of this, you will get the greatest gift.

Time and Peace of Mind

House and home. Practical guides to avoid and reduce housework and keep your home organized.

From Chaos to Organized in One Day

Home Organization has always been like a myth, something I hope is true, but can’t quite believe in, until recently. I just organized my whole house in half a day! You probably think I am making this up or exaggerating, but I’m not; even I am surprised. If you aren’t …

10 Tips to Stop Fast Food Guilt

Stop feeling guilty about takeout and delivery As a working parent, nutrition is always a priority both personally and parentally (is that a word?) and we all worry about getting a healthy meal on the table. But let’s face it, that’s easier said than done. You leave work as early …

10 Best Recipe Sites for Working Moms

Meal Planning… You’ve done your meal planning for the week and now you want to get your recipes organized and ready to go. Or Meal Panicking? It’s 4 o’clock on Saturday afternoon. You just got home with the groceries and dinner tonight is chicken thighs (they were on sale) or …

Firing Your House Cleaner

You’ve read Improving Your House Cleaning and you’re sure It’s Not You, It’s Them. It happens; like everything else in life, there are good matches and bad matches.  Let me tell you a few stories about bad matches: The cleaner who was always in such a hurry that she banged and …

Expanding Your House Cleaning

If your routine house cleaning is going well, it won’t be long before you want to expand it. In my experience this can be met with mixed reviews by your house cleaner. If you are working with a service, they may not provide custom services AKA “we don’t do windows”. …

Improving Your Relationship With Your House Cleaner

You tried a cleaner, but it is not working out?  Before you do anything, lets review some possible problems: Have you communicated your needs and wants sufficiently? Are your expectations are too high? Have you given them enough time to adjust? Do they have enough time and are they there …

Find Your Ideal House Cleaner

Finding A House Cleaner Now that you know what you want (see: What Are Your House Cleaning Needs?), you need to hire somebody. Your first step is to find them. Depending on your area there are some ways: Recommendation from a friend Google Maps (usually services only) Kijiji or Craigslist Local …

What Are Your House Cleaning Needs?

So, you are convinced that outsourcing some of your housework makes sense. Let’s start with a simple one: house cleaning. There are a few ways to approach this and each have their pros and cons. But before you contact anybody, you need to know your own requirements. Here are some …

What You Should Consider Outsourcing At Home

Hopefully after reading my earlier posts on Why to outsource, you are ready to start considering What you could outsource. Let me give you a few examples of jobs I have had help for and you can see if anything applies to you: I have had the obvious; a cleaning company …