10 Tasks New Moms Can Assign Their In-laws



If you're a neat freak like me, you'll find it frustrating to sit idly by nursing and taking care of the infant while dust bunnies pile up in the corners. Sadly, until a riding vacuum cleaner becomes widely available, it will continue to be difficult for rocker-bound moms to tidy up.

Rather than stressing yourself out, pass the torch (or toilet brush) to Grandma. Chances are, she'll be more than happy to do a little light housekeeping if it makes you happy. Whatever you do, don't turn down your in-laws if they offer to hook you up with a cleaning service like mine did. I said "No, thanks," and doomed us to living in a messy, dusty home until I was motivated enough to handle it on my own again.