Still need help
June 20, 2014 1:07 PM Subscribe
In my last question I laid out a basic primer to understanding the clusterfuck that is my life right now and you were very helpful. I took some of your advice and hired a cleaning lady to clean my kitchen. But I realize now that the kind of help I need for getting the rest of the house in order is kind of extreme and I need help thinking it through and making a plan.
posted by bleep to Home & Garden (20 answers total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
Updates from my last question:
Hubby is grimly accepting that hiring helpers is a thing that I'm going to do and not something he can stop, but he's not going to help in any way except by continuing to assert that everything's going to magically get done somehow when he's feeling better after the surgery. Which is happening on July 1.
The landlord is hiring professional exterminators (thank god) and there's a lot of work that needs to be done first for them to be able to do their thing. Also on July 1.
What I need is a team of workers lead by a strategist. Their work would include dealing with the backlog of laundry and basic cleaning but also getting rid of a lot of the junk, thinking through what can stay and what should go, and the biggest challenge: figuring out what to do with all the stuff that can't go.
I'm extremely overwhelmed by all of this. I don't have any family nearby and don't really want to involve them anyway because of past stuff. The lady I hired off TaskRabbit was good, but it cost $300 for 6 hours of work in one small room. I'm a big fan of throwing money at problems but I don't have $300x 6 rooms given that each room needs the same level of work that the kitchen did. I'm very much against "buckling down" and tackling it all myself because I know from experience that this remedy is not sufficient for the scale of this problem. And it's too urgent to play ego-boosting make believe.
My question is basically, what do I do? How do I start? I spend a lot of time trying to think through this and I'm not getting anywhere. It just makes me really depressed.