Is It Possible To Keep House And Homeschool? Little Learning Lovies

Is It Even Possible To Keep House AND Homeschool?

I’ll admit it right here out loud to the world: I was already on rocky ground when it came to housekeeping BEFORE we ever even had kids.  There are a lot of reasons why, but I just never managed to get a system in place.  Then kids came along and anything I DID have a handle on went right out my dingy windows.  When we decided to homeschool our kids, I foolishly allowed myself to believe that the routines of that would help me keep up with my cleaning routines.  Surely, it would be a cinch to keep house and homeschool.

You can stop laughing now.

I have spent years establishing schooling routines that make sure we are all on task and learning.  I prioritized that over housekeeping, and honestly I don’t regret that at all.  My kids are great readers, self-starters and they know how to follow their interests.  They also have some great techniques for accomplishing tasks they really don’t want to do (but that’s another post!) and I believe this was time well invested.

My house, on the other hand, disagrees.

Is it even possible to keep house AND homeschool at the same time? We'll look at some of the challenges I've faced and a few simple tips to help get it all back on track.

Is this scene familiar to anyone? We’ve managed to fit in a lot of learning in the morning and afternoon.  We even got ourselves out to our homeschool group and every single child was actually wearing their pants right-side-out this time!  (Yes… I actually did a little mental celebration when I double checked on the way into the hall.)  And then we get around to dinner time and in order to cook I have to spend an alarming amount of time washing dishes, because there was no time to do them earlier.  And then, well, I probably have no idea what I’m going to cook.  And before I know it, our 5:30 dinner is being served at 7:00.

Please tell me I’m not the only one to struggle with this!  🙂


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There’s hope (It IS Possible To Keep House And Homeschool)!

I have some tips for you today that are easy to implement AND you’ll quickly see your housekeeping skills improve.  And maybe you won’t panic when your friend calls and asks to stop by for a visit!

  1. Make a plan for dinners.  I’m not saying you need to do a full on monthly plan complete with shopping list, although that would be awesome.  Just find a place to jot down an idea for dinner.  Do it on the family calendar so everyone knows what to expect!  Meatloaf, taco night, pizza, whatever.  If you have trouble doing this at first, try just writing down what you HAD for dinner after you’ve done it.  Then look back through your calendar and you’ll have a lovely list of meals to choose from! (you can also grab a menu planner!)
  2. Make a plan for dishes!  Growing up, my mom had us all help clear the table immediately after we were done eating. We all had our jobs to do, and it really didn’t take all that long.  When we were done, the kitchen was clean and ready for whatever projects were next.  This is probably pretty evident to most people, but if you actually make this a habit, life is so much easier.  Get the kids to help!  Even a 3 or 4 year old can bring dirty dishes to the sink, and bigger kids can get a whole lot more involved.  If you have a 10 or 11 year old, you are in that golden sweet spot where they want to help AND they are SUPER capable!  Don’t squander that.  Build the habits together.
  3. Make a plan for laundry!  In our house, we have to do laundry every day.  Two loads a day keeps us from drowning in dirty clothes.  But the key here is to actually FINISH doing the laundry. Did you know that it doesn’t count as “done” until everything is folded and put away?  Yeah.  It’s kind of a bummer to realize this.  But doing the laundry is MUCH easier when you aren’t tripping over yesterdays (or last weeks!) clean clothes.  Again, have your kids help!  Put aside your perfectionism.  Does it REALLY matter if the towels are folded in thirds or in halves?  Of course you can show them how you’d like it done, and encourage them to do it that way, but it’s important to get them involved, make them responsible for getting their clothes put away.
  4. Sweep every day!  I wasn’t doing this.  I’m a bit ashamed to say that.  And it’s odd that I’m so impressed by how clean my house feels when I keep it swept, but this small thing has made a huge difference.  Mostly because I also have to pick up the toys and papers that get left behind!  (Actually, I make the kids do that: They aren’t MY toys and papers!) This keeps the floors open and clear and makes the house feel so much nicer (and bigger!)

These aren’t Earth shattering revelations or anything.  Quite the opposite: these are the things we all know we should be doing but we don’t make time for them.  Why?  I think it’s because we over think it all.  We dread it because it seems like it will take so much of our precious time.  But keeping up with these things is so much easier and faster than trying to get it all done when we’ve ignored these tasks for hours/days/weeks.

You can do this!

Let’s make a promise to each other right here and now, for our kids and our families:  Let’s promise to keep up with these 4 simple things.  Try it for just one week and let me know how it goes!  (And if you already do these things and think I’m crazy for writing a blog post about this… please don’t leave mean comments!)

Is it even possible to keep house AND homeschool at the same time? We'll look at some of the challenges I've faced and a few simple tips to help get it all back on track.

 

 

About the Author Sandra Modersohn

Sandra Modersohn is a devoted wife, mother, and homeschooler. She loves great graphic design and has a passion for creating beautiful and useful printable materials for children. Little Learning Lovies where she shares her creations with the world. She can be found on Facebook and Twitter, Pinterest and, of course, at the Little Learning Lovies Blog and Store.

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