1) If you have had guests and the accompanying laundry disaster, and your washing machine has sprung a leak, and the repair guy says it will cost a meeeelion dollars to fix? It is completely okay not to wash everyone’s sheets this week. No-one will die and in fact, the four boys will not even notice. For your own bed, a quick shake to get most of the sand out will suffice.
2) Stick a sign over the toilet that says:
DIRECTIONS FOR USE
Pee directly into the water you see there. If you appear to be spraying off to one side, stop and try again.
Flush if necessary.
Amazingly, this sign has made a huge difference in my life. Lectures and rants were but the buzzing of midges to the denizens of the household, but a sign? Very effective. I’m ignoring the mutterings about “Sarcastic Parents”.
3) It’s time for a brand-new washing machine/dryer. The two-in-one type, cause I will only use the dryer in the very depths of the winter gloom. What’s the BEST brand in the UK?