Successful Homeschool Days Require a Housekeeping Plan

Keeping up with the housework while homeschooling full-time can be a real challenge. Most days it feels like there is just not enough time to get it all done! Here are some helpful tips to keep the housework under control, even during the busiest of days.

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*Get the kids involved! I have read several books, including Life Skills for Kids and Cleaning House, that have convinced me of the importance in teaching our children to work. If we want them to grow up to be productive members of society, they need to know how to work and take care of themselves. If you are interested in what we will be working on this year, you can check out my post about improving life skills here.100_1421

*Have a plan. There are several different resources to use for keeping up with housework. Our favorite is Easy Peasy Chores (you can read my review on it here). I love that this system is geared toward getting the kids involved. You may prefer another type of planner. Motivated Moms is another popular choice. Or maybe you want to create your own routine. Whatever you choose, just make sure you have a plan. Otherwise too many little things are forgotten and extra housework can build up quickly.Easy Peasy Chores Cover

*Keep the clutter under control. This year, thanks to reading Simplicity Parenting, I have really been convicted to get rid of a lot of “stuff”. It is so much easier to clean when you don’t have random pieces of unloved toys, or too many clothes, or just too many things. We have cut our cleaning time dramatically by purging our house of boxes and boxes of extras we don’t need. This is still a work in progress, but we are working towards simplifying. For me, a simpler house is a cleaner house.

*Start the day with a clean slate. For me, waking up to a sink full of dishes means I am already behind…and I don’t like that feeling. So even if it means staying up a few extra minutes at night, my goal is to start every morning with at least a “mostly” clean house. This means things are picked up, put away, and the floors are clean. That way we can get going with school work in the morning instead of spending time doing things we should have done the night before.

As always, grant yourself some grace. There are days when you just can’t get it all done. And that is OK! But I do find that having goals makes me a lot more productive. Does this mean my house is immaculate? No! Trust me, it isn’t. We live here. We school here. We play here. But without a plan for keeping it clean, my house would not be very visitor-friendly.

How do you keep up with housework when you are busy with life?

I hope you have enjoyed this series of posts for “5 Days of Homeschooling Essentials”!

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