If you come to my house this week, you’ll see a whole lot of little blue post-it notes around on the walls like this:
If you are a guest here, please ignore these signs, as they are for family only.
Nick and the kids have been asking for things they could do that would help me out, but by the time they ask, I’m usually in that lost-from-words state of exhaustion and frustration where I literally cannot think of a single thing that they could do for me. So one day when I was alone, I got to thinking “Wouldn’t it be great if they could ask me right now? I could come up with an awesome list!” So I started putting up notes right where activities could be done, so when we’re in the kitchen and Nick wants to know how to help, I can point at the wall and he’ll take out the compost or when the kids are in their room looking for a “help mama” chore to complete their lists they can look to their closets (which normally need things tidied up before they can close).
(I noticed last night that there were bizarre things in the sink from the dinner Nick had made, but I was too tired to mention them. By the time I got up this morning they were out of there. From my list to an empty sink. WHOOP!)