It’s Day 3 of the Real Life Homeschool series I’m doing with the Schoolhouse Review Crew! We have covered flexible schedules and homeschooling with a newborn and a toddler. Today we are going to tackle the topic of keeping house while homeschooling. This is one of my biggest dilemmas as a stay-at-home, work-at-home, homeschooling mom. People often wonder, how do you do it all? The answer is simple: I don’t. Just ask my husband. 🙂
Anyway, I do have some tips to help you keep your home tidy. I have all too often found myself completely surrounded by clutter. Clutter overwhelms me, and then I cannot function to do anything. I’ve written a whole series about simplifying and I plan to continue adding posts to that series. Decluttering is an ongoing process that we must do periodically. Besides from regular decluttering, I do have some other tips to try to help your house run a little more smoothly.
Set Up a Routine
(That’s my favorite homemaking planner!) It is important to set up some sort of housekeeping routine and stick to it! In certain seasons of life the routine may be harder to keep, but as soon as you can get back to it, do it! I like to always go to bed with a clean kitchen. I like to start laundry in the mornings. I like to clean up the kitchen after lunch and again after dinner. I like the living room to be tidy before bed.
Those are all things I like, but often the routine gets thrown out of whack and I may wake up to a dirty kitchen. This is real life and nothing is perfect!
I don’t make a mess by myself, so I don’t clean it up by myself. My four and six year olds are perfectly capable of starting to pitch in around the house, and they do. They may not always do it cheerfully, but they are required to help. They are also required to tidy their own rooms and clean up any toy messes they make in other areas of the home. My oldest loves helping with the laundry. And this is how things look when I get behind on laundry and decide to play catch up and fold it all at once!
Let Go of a Magazine-Worthy Home
Your home is not going to look like those pictures you see on Pinterest. I have gotten really upset with myself at times for not keeping the house tidy enough for my own standards. Guess what? My kids don’t care. My husband doesn’t care. Our home is the place where we live, learn, and love. It’s going to look like little children live there. I’m letting go of the notion that there shouldn’t be a thing out of place!
We live one day at a time here and keep the house one day at a time! It’s not going to be perfect, but it’s perfect for us!
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