We could all use an extra set of hands. Here are things you can take off your plate.
Remember how wonderful you feel on special days like Mother's Day or your birthday? For that day you're treated like a queen. Family members help out around the house and you get to spend time with loved ones -- or with yourself.
Imagine if you could carry that feeling throughout the rest of the year. Or better yet, clone yourself!
Hiring an extra set of hands to occasionally help out is easier than cloning or pleading with family to help. Endless chore to-do list? Done. Crazy, chaotic mornings? Organized.
Here are 21 ways you can use extra hands to make your life easier. Ask your regular housekeeper to help out with this list, see if your nanny or date night babysitter can pitch in or hire someone new.
And in the comment section below, tell us about the things you need help with. What would you love to check off your list or how could your hectic day be better?
Keep your home looking neat, clean and fresh, without spending hours scrubbing the floors.
Buried under mounds of dirty clothes? Ask your extra set of hands to sort, wash and fold that mess away.
Finally, everything in your pantry will have a place, label and use.
Personal Grocery Shopping
Need to fill that pantry? Have someone else do the shopping this week.
Let Fido release some of that energy mid-day with a long walk.
Date Night Babysitting
Bring the romance back into your life with an evening out (without the kids!). Pick one of these 101 Cheap Date Ideas and start making plans.
Do you spend hours badgering kids to do their homework every afternoon? Or do they need lots of assistance getting through their hardest subjects? From a tutor to an after-school babysitter, get someone who can do that for you. Learn more about How to Find Homework Help.
Meal Planning and Prep
Rid yourself of the stress of dinner planning. Someone else can plan and/or prepare healthy easy meals for you.
Are weeds overtaking your garden? Hire someone to clean it up or simply water your plants.
Can't shut the doors on your closet anymore? Petrified of those complicated closet systems? Hire an assistant to organize your wardrobe and store seasonal items.
Need a ride to the airport? Kids need a ride to after-school activities? Someone in your neighborhood can help.
Security systems can only catch so much. Have someone check on your house while you're out, pick up your mail, water your flowers, etc.
When was the last time you went shopping without the kids? Wasn't it wonderfully stress-free? Hire a sitter for an hour or two and enjoy some alone time.
Getting everyone up, dressed, fed and out the door on time is difficult. Find someone who can come to your house in the morning to help with the chaos and hustle everyone along.
Beach and Pool Safety
Kids tend to wander off at the beach or public pool. Hire an extra set of eyes to keep everyone safe around water. Look for someone with lifeguard training.
Holiday Card Help
Are you the type of person who starts writing out holidays cards in August? Yes, neither are we. Check one thing off your holiday to-do list with an assistant to address and send cards.
Everyone has a spot in their home where they store all of the things they may need "one day". Is it your basement, garage, attic, storage unit? Do you really need everything there? Hire someone to help go through the odds and ends, organize it and get rid of all the excess.
Garage Sale Assisting
Now that you've organized those areas, get rid of some of the things you found by planning a yard or garage sale. Hire someone to help set up and sell your unused items.
That grass grows fast! Hire someone to trim your lawn every week, while you manage bigger yard projects.
Music Library Organizing
Ever think of hiring someone to organize your tunes into manageable playlists and get rid of old music that takes up space on your device?
This person can be a life-saver when it comes to your four-year-old's birthday party. From writing out invitations to assembling goodie bags, you need help making sure no detail slips through the cracks.