How to Homeschool and Have A Clean House
How clean is your house on an average day?
Some people let things pile up and then have a designated cleaning day to get things in order.
Some pick up here and there so there’s always a tug of war between completely clean and disorderly.
And then there are the OCD sufferers (no, really, I suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) who cannot think straight if the floor isn’t clean or if the counters are piled up with clutter.
Seriously, if it wasn’t so bad it’d be funny.
I cannot sit at my desk and work or focus on a subject with the kids if there are crumbs all over the counter or visible dirt on the floor.
What makes it worse? We live in a very rural area on 20 acres. We have dogs, cats, horses, goats, ducks and chickens. You-know-what gets tracked in on a daily basis and it drives me crazy!
But we have a daily schedule that we mostly stick to that helps.
I get up early to have quiet time to myself after my husband heads to work. I eat a quiet breakfast, workout, answer emails and just relax.
And then the kids wake up.
They eat breakfast, brush their teeth and head outside to feed the animals. This takes them about 30 – 45 minutes. I use this time to get clothes in the washer, straighten the kitchen, wipe the counters and get their school work ready for the day.
Once we start the actual lessons there is no cleaning being done. At the end of school they do individual work on the computer with Teaching Textbooks because they are each on a different level in math. This is when I clean the floors, fold clothes or start dinner.
After school is finished for the day, no matter what time it is, the kids straighten their rooms, gather their dirty clothes and wash them (about once per week) and then they get free time. Evening chores include feeding the animals, getting dinner ready, baths, and I do a quick clean up while they are reading in bed.
This works for us. For now. Most days.
When the house is really messy after a super busy weekend, we make things fun. We’ll turn music on and play games like who can find the most dirty clothes, who can clean their room the fastest, and other silly games.
In reality, no one likes to clean up, but if we can all laugh while cleaning it’s not so bad.