Saving Money as a Homemaker

I was recently reading in a book how the author disliked the word “homemaker.”  It made her feel as if she was in a subservient role.  Maybe I’m old-fashioned but I tend to see this word in a different light.  In fact, I believe it is a time-honored tradition that can still work in today’s modern world. Any woman who has ever lost her job or has questioned joining the workforce just might find a great deal of satisfaction in being a homemaker.  I know, I know…this isn’t the 60’s and June Cleaver isn’t real. But perhaps we as a … Continue reading

Two Secrets to a Guest-Ready Home

I don’t have the cleanest home in the world, and not every area is neat and organized.  But it is almost always guest-ready.  So if I get a phone call that someone is dropping by, I usually don’t have to run around like a chicken with its head cut off to straighten things up. So what’s my secret?  I have a couple. Let me share the first one.  It is that I don’t make messes and I don’t allow for them. If there is a struggle you or someone in the home is having, when it comes to messes, then … Continue reading

Which Type of Housekeeper Are You?

I believe there are three different types of housekeepers. The first type’s house is in complete disarray. You walk in and you don’t know where to step. Nothing can ever be found and you don’t know if the clothing on the table is clean or dirty. The second type of housekeeper is the one whose house is neat as a pin. Everything looks pristine and clean. You can find exactly what you need. Even the spices in the kitchen cabinet are arranged alphabetically. Then there is the third type of housekeeper. When you walk into this person’s house it has … Continue reading

Hiring Help When You’re a Single Parent

My most recent blog post was really more of a vent about the frustrations that sometimes come with the territory of being a single parent, mainly because we are left to do most everything ourselves. I have recently been considering hiring someone to mow my yard for me. It’s a job that I really don’t enjoy, and also one that doesn’t get done nearly often enough due to my number one obligation: my children. There are a few chores you could hire someone to help with: yard work, housekeeping, and childcare. Yard Work: This could include gardening, mowing, shoveling, and … Continue reading

Have You Hugged Your Housekeeper Today?

What’s that saying: “Better late than never.” I just found out that this week is International Housekeepers Week, a seven-day celebration in honor of those who clean up after us (hey, I thought that was what Mother’s Day was for). In all seriousness, I am blogging about this special occasion in the “Travel” category because I feel hotel room attendants (who often go unnoticed and under-appreciated) deserve recognition this week. When was the last time you passed a hotel room attendant in the hall and said “thank you” or, perhaps, even left a tip in appreciation for their tidying efforts. … Continue reading

Hiring a Cleaning Service or Person

If you are planning to hire a professional cleaning service, or an individual to clean your home, there are some things you should know before you decide which service to hire. First, remember that you get what you pay for. This does not necessarily mean that you should hire the most expensive service or person you can find, but you probably shouldn’t hire the cheapest either. While you will likely pay more for a service than you would pay an individual, a professional cleaning service has a trained staff, usually has insurance, and may do background checks or have their … Continue reading