Homeschooling and Housekeeping

Ah, the beauty of  homeschooling the learning, the living, the everyday adventures, but let’s not kid ourselves, homeschooling is quite messy.

So I will start off by saying my house is not immaculate. It is nowhere close to that, in fact it is often quite a mess. On any given day you will find piles of books, piles of papers, piles of laundry waiting to be put away, and a floor that could use a good sweeping. But, with all that said, I would like to share a few things that have been quite helpful in keeping a CLEANER home, notice I did not say a perfectly CLEAN house. 

First and foremost, get your kids to help! If you have kids old enough to do things, take the time to show them how, and by all means have then do it. Very simple chores include; vacuuming, sweeping, folding laundry, and putting away dishes. Even toddlers can wipe tables or counters, and older children can do much, much more. We do our chores  in the morning after breakfast, we can at least start the day with a tidied house. As the children get older I plan to also have them do afternoon/evening chores.

My second tip is to come up with some time of schedule for cleaning. The first type is quite simple, you would come up with something like:

Monday: laundry and bills

Tuesday: bathrooms

Wednesday: sweep and mop floors

Thursday: laundry, dust and vacuum downstairs

Friday: dust and vacuum upstairs

Saturday: tidy bathrooms, empty small trashes

Obviously, this is just an example and what needs to be done in your home, will be different then mine. Everything cannot go on the schedule, some things need to be done everyday, such as dishes, which is why they are a good candidate for chores. Then you need to choose when you will do the cleaning. For example you could place it on your schedule everyday from 3-4pm. This type of scheduling is good for the very organized person. 

For the rest of us, there is another type of scheduling called Loop Scheduling. You can search it if you are unfamiliar with it. The basic idea is you have a list of things to do and you do them in order through the end and then back through again whenever you have a chance. If things need to be done often, you can place them more than once on the list.

For example:

Laundry

Bills

Bathrooms

Vacuuming

Laundry

Sweeping

Dusting

Clean out fridge

So, maybe on Monday I got through the first three items, Tuesday I didn’t have time, Wednesday; the next few, Thursday; you finish the list. Friday; you begin it again etc. This is good if you like to clean a lot at once, or if you don’t have much time on some days. 

My last tip is the “15 minutes a day” project idea. This is where we find 15 minutes a day to do a larger project that we really don’t have time for otherwise. List a few things that need to be done and work on them for 15 minutes a day until they are done. Projects may be… organizing the pantry, cleaning out the closet or going through the filing cabinet.

The main idea is coming up with a system that works for you and your family. I find with a tidied home, I am a happier Mom and we are all more ready to learn because I don’t have things on my mind like “when is this or that going to get cleaned…” We can focus and enjoy our days more, and I don’t feel guilty about taking a day at the park because my house is a mess and I should be home cleaning it instead.

Thanks for reading and God Bless.

J.

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