H o u s e w o r k H e l p
You may be dealing with an entirely new reality at home and housework has become a new maze to figure out. Below are some ideas to help:
Help comes to you from a fun website that declares you just "start where you are."
Flylady.com has a proven system for organizing getting housework done, dinner made and even taking care of yourself. (Note: Receiving the e-mails can be overwhelming for those grieving. The system works best by using the "Launch Pad" and following the Flybabies tips to start.) There's even a FlyKids Daily Challenge that we were amazed to see our kids love to read and do. Miracles can happen!
If you can afford it, hiring help may be appropriate at this time until things settle down. You may find it frees you to do other things you would rather be doing with your time and eases your emotions.
Valpak.com can help you find savings for housekeeping help in your area. Ask for referrals from friends or family who have or know of housekeeping help.
Ask For Help
If you find yourself overwhelmed and frustrated, step out of your comfort zone and ask for help. Sometimes we are reluctant as adults to reach out to one another. It can feel uncomfortable at first, but try it and give others this gift -- the chance to express their love for you and your loved ones by helping where they're needed. Many people want to do something to ease your burden, but don't know how to help. Ask and give them the opportunity to give.
Housework Co-Op is teaming up with a friend or family member to clean each other's homes. One week you both deep clean your home together, the next week you both deep clean theirs. Two can tackle the job better than one, and it's a time to connect and still check things off your to-do list. Is there anyone who can use your help too?
A girlfriend turned us on to Amazon's Prime's 2-day free shipping and it changed our life. Ever drive to four stores and still not find what you were looking for? We have! This has been the best time-saving gift ever!
Our friend uses it for ordering food items that are difficult to find, buying gifts for the many children's birthday parties her kid gets invited to (Prime means she gets it shipped in just two days), buys the book for her son's book report he needs to start reading, finds solutions to her household problems -- Anyone know where I can find book holders that are tall? -- and does almost all her Christmas shopping.
We've included a link so you can try it out yourself for free or to buy it as a gift for a loved one or friend. We haven't tried out the movies and books that come with it too, but hear it's a nice bonus. Maybe we'll have time to sit down and watch a non-animated movie sometime soon. We'll let you know!