Summer cleaning sounds like an ordeal when your house is crammed full of memories. If you want to lighten the load and make space for some new life to enter, it can be hard to know where to start. Why not pick an approach that feels like a way you’d like to be, and see where it takes you. Three possibilities are: be a … Continue reading Three ways to sort your stuff
Q: My brother and sister think my elderly mother should move in with me. Is there any help available as she gets more frail? A: The first step is to ask yourself if you truly want your mum to move in with you. Better to find an alternative now than go through the stress of it not working and inflicting two moves on your … Continue reading Q&A: My siblings think my frail mum should move in with me
Start 2017 by taking action to protect yourself. The free resources below will help you feel more in control of your life. Your local police force will have crime prevention officers. Phone your local station and they’ll be able to arrange for someone to visit you at home and give you free advice. They’ll be able to tell you how a potential criminal would … Continue reading Six quick ways to beat your security fears
Some people quickly clear all their loved one’s belongings from their house. Others take a little longer. Go at your own pace. If you need a bit of a nudge, here are ten things you can throw away today, one a day, or whenever the mood takes you. Unused medicine Take these to the pharmacy they came from, so that they can be disposed … Continue reading 10 things you can let go of today
Do all your prep work before mid-October. This is your early Christmas present to yourself. (Obviously get yourself something a bit more fun too.) Game plan for winter weather In accordance with what is appropriate to your property: get your boiler serviced, your chimney swept, ensure your pipes are insulted and that you’re stocked up on gritting salt for your paths and driveway. … Continue reading A solo parent’s seasonal cheat sheet
Before you call the people to come and concrete over your lawn, there are a couple of less drastic alternatives.
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A blonde, doe-eyed woman who used to flirt with all the males in our group. A mum that wanted me to help her daughter with her homework; the daughter asked if she could draw my boyfriend. An elderly woman who used to get so drunk that Bob had to carry her upstairs to her bed.
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Arrange your things to minimise dusting. Ornaments on windowsills will need more regular dusting than ones kept in a cabinet. Continue reading “Housework tips for the weary”
What we should and shouldn’t be doing during the holiday season, from Alan Haffenden, Crime Prevention Officer, West Sussex Police. Out and about at Christmas Thieves love the hustle and bustle of Christmas crowds. The following tips will reduce the stress of shopping for presents this festive season. Don’t try to get all the presents at once, the more bags you’ve … Continue reading Seasonal Security
Here in the north of Scotland winter has arrived but I was still wearing a light jacket because my winter coat needed fixing. I’d even started looking at new coats to save me the effort of fixing my own one, but none were quite as appealing as the one I wasn’t wearing. On Thursday I finally dragged it out from the back of … Continue reading Project for the weekend: Mend something
My oven The element went. I got it replaced. It went a few weeks later. The electrician suggested that it would be cheaper to buy a new oven than to keep buying new elements. My new oven makes things taste wrong. My internet thing Is it a hub? A router? The box that plugs into the phone socket anyway. Caput. And how to find … Continue reading Things that broke in my first year