It’s still two months away but it’s enough to give me nightmares at night. What is this awful thing that I’ve been dreading and has been the stuff of my nightmares?
It’s the day my house helper goes on a one-month vacation.
It was not always this way. When we rented our first apartment I had to do all the chores. I didn’t enjoy them but I had absolutely no help and somehow I managed. Sure we sometimes we had to eat burnt rice, undercooked meat, and unidentified dishes (because my cooking turned out different from the recipe I was following) but at least we survived.
So how are we going to cope now? I decided to make it a team effort.
I’m in-charge of the cooking and cleaning.
Cooking three times a day and making the house clean will already keep me busy throughout the day. At the same time I still have to take care of our dog and cat and make sure the yard is clean. Not to mention folding clothes and putting things away. And oh, did I mention that I have two kids too? We will take a break from homeschooling for a month to keep my sanity but that’s okay because we didn’t take a break from studying even during the summer.
Z is in-charge of washing the dishes and looking after his younger brother while I’m busy.
I have no problem with dishwashing. My eldest has been doing that for years as early as 2009 based on this blog post so I know I can count on him. He likes to play with water and so it takes him 30 minutes to wash the dishes but I don’t mind even if it takes him an hour as long as he does it. haha!
Hubby will do the laundry.
Again, he has helped me with the laundry years ago when we only had a manual washing machine. Now we have an automatic so I’m sure he can do this.
I’m glad my family is so helpful and they’re there when I need them most. But if worst comes to worst and I still need additional help, I won’t be ashamed to ask for it. There’s nothing to be shameful about buying takeout food, sending the clothes to the laundry, or calling carpet cleaning nyc for help with that awful carpet stain. The most important thing is we admit that we’re human and that we won’t be able to do everything by ourselves and to just try our best to cope with the situation.