Help with cleaning, organizing, gardening in our home near Boston


United States

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    I have a two family house about 10 minutes north of Boston by car. It's on the bus line, as well as a short walk to the subway. The work is some outside maintenance, some dog walking, some small painting projects, gardening, sewing, organizing, cleaning... I am seeking a helper or two. My dogs are unruly and would benefit from training so experience with that would be welcome. Mostly right now, it will be mostly work outside, depending on the weather. lots of gardening. Creativity is welcomed, as I have approximately 32 art projects planned. I’m trying to build a pizza oven in my back yard, make birdhouses, and build a large figure(maybe an insect) from repurposed/recycled materials, and mosaic projects this summer. I 've also been clearing out my basement this past summer and that continues. And organizing! I have two much stuff in my basement, actually too much stuff everywhere. We have two dogs and two cats, 3 Koi, and many birds outside who are attracted to the feeders. Also, tho, squirrels! The expectation is that you work for five hours a day (usually 8:00 - 1:00), five days a week in exchange for room and board. Mostly you will be cooking your own food but sometimes I’ll cook. Also, i’m a quite lapsed Vegan...sigh. Then you have the rest of the day to yourself. If you have experience in the trades, that would be useful.

    Also, there are numerous woodland trails for hiking or running nearby in the Fells. And basketball courts a block away. I have a bicycle or two around for your use. And there’s Lyft and Uber of course.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    Animal Care
    Art Projects
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    I'm a licensed mental health counselor and Professor, and my grown daughter has access to cheesecake (she works at the Cheesecake Factory). We both read a lot and can yarn on for days.

  • Help


    It will be quite helpful for you to have some construction experience, be physically fit to be able to move heavy stuff. Also the ability to mess around in the garden, clean and paint would be good. If you're creative, that's good too and you'll get to use that creativity

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Accommodation will be a single bed if you're a single person in a kind of alcove (the nook). It’s small but it does have a limited view of the Boston skyline thru one window. I'll buy food and probably, most of the time, you'll prepare your own food. Sometimes I'll cook or another helper will and we'll all share a meal together.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Boston has a good transportation system so you really can get anywhere - Cape Cod by ferry or Salem by train, for instance. We're busy but we've hosted about 30 people - (also using Helpx) some for a week and others for much longer, and it has worked out well almost every time. Three helpers have returned for a bit a few years later

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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