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.

Reclaiming Your Home

Everywhere you look are ghosts. They are memories best not remembered, at least now, while they are still raw. They hit you when you are least expecting them, taking your breath away. It is time to reclaim your home. After any emotional trauma you need to make peace with yourself, …

Love Spring Cleaning At Last

Every post-holiday brings with it a desire to clear the decks and start fresh. They generate so much clutter. The front hall is piled in bags of old wrapping paper and suitcases, the living room is half consumed by decorations and the dust is piling up, and the laundry is …

5 1/2 Step Meal Planning Guide

Make dinner a family affair – share the work or even outsource some of it. Meal planning, grocery shopping and recipe guide and printables.

Managing Your Household Checklists

Household checklists are they single best tool for keeping control of a busy home. Household management binders, folders, or something similar will save your sanity especially when life is changing fastest. If you are considering outsourcing any of your house work, they become even more critical Create Household Checklist Binders …

Dig Yourself Out of That Pile

Laundry is daunting and overwhelming, and it never ends! As soon as you get the basket empty, someone comes along to fill it again. If you want to control it, first you need to make it manageable. Figure out your laundry style. Don’t know your style? Find out here: Get …

Get That Load Off Your Back

Of all the chores in my house; laundry has always been my weakness. Only when I couldn’t do it, did I finally master it. Nothing to Wear When I was young, I had to call in sick to work twice because I had no clean clothes. More than once I …

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 …