When Homeschooling and Housekeeping Send You Running For Cover
Homeschooling, housekeeping, and keeping your sanity.
These three things seem like they are next to impossible to achieve…. all together at least! Something always gets left out of the mix. I saw a meme once that said: happy kids, clean house, sanity… pick 2. It hits home for sure. We could easily change those to homeschool, clean house, sanity… pick 2. It can be so hard to keep up on it all. I’ve had days when I shut myself in my room and cried because I was so overwhelmed!!
However, homeschooling and housekeeping, and staying sane don’t have to compete with each other. It really is possible to have all of these things. I promise. It just takes some hard work, some time, and some changes. Here are some ideas for when homeschooling and housekeeping send you running for cover.
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When Homeschooling and Housekeeping Send You Running For Cover
Stop! Just Stop!
Stop everything you are doing and give yourself a moment to relax. Forget about the laundry and dishes. Forget the History lesson. They can wait.
This may seem counteractive, but you will be so much more productive when you’re thinking straight. Taking a break may only be for a few minutes or it may be a few hours.
There have been times that I’ve felt completely overwhelmed with everything piling up around me. Clutter just makes it feel that way. I don’t know about you, but I don’t function properly if my house is a mess. It makes me crazy!
Even taking some time to get out of the house can refresh you for the tasks at hand. Go outside, go to the park, or make a quick run to the store. It will pay off when you can work feeling refreshed.
Get Up Early Or Stay Up Late
This doesn’t seem very fun, but getting up before the kids or staying up after they are in bed will help you catch up on your chores. Plus, starting your day with a clean home will take a lot of your stress away for the day!
I like to have a clean kitchen before we start our school day or before we go to bed. That is the center of our home, so keeping it clean helps me to feel like I have some control over the chaos!
Choose 1 room and keep it clean!
Like I said before I like to keep my kitchen clean because it’s the center of my home. But, depending on what the day looks like for us, I will rotate rooms.
It’s not that I completely neglect other rooms in my home, it’s just that I choose one main room each day to keep nice and clean. That way if I know I have control over at least one area of my home.
Lately, that room has been my living room because my littlest one is trying to crawl. So, it gives me a good excuse to keep that room spotless at all times. I keep everything up off the floors and vacuum every day.
Plus that room is the one everyone will see when they walk into my house which makes me feel less stressed when unexpected company pops in.
Seize the Moment
Anytime you see a free moment, do some cleaning. When my kids are working quietly on their schoolwork, and my toddler is playing, I do a little cleaning. You don’t have to go overboard. Just do anything that you can fit in. Wipe the countertops, sweep the floor, pick up some toys… whatever you can. It will all add up.
Something else I like to do is clean up my bathroom before I take a shower. I am already in there, so I can wipe down the sinks and mirrors in a flash before I jump in the shower.
I bought this great shower spray that you use right after the shower and leave it. >>> Method Daily Shower Spray.
Have a Scheduled Cleaning Day
Set aside a time to clean your home, and just clean. Don’t do anything else that day. A scheduled cleaning day once per week, it helps you to stay on top of the small things throughout the week, and focus on the bigger things on that one day. Homeschooling on a 4-day schedule can give you an extra day to get some much-needed housework done.
Related Post: How to Make a 4-Day Schedule Work for Your Homeschool
Enlist your kids! Make sure they have daily chores. This will lighten your load so much! My kids are in charge of their own rooms, dishes, and taking out the trash daily. They also help with weekly tasks like laundry day or whatever is needed. (Check out these Awesome Chore Charts!)
Don’t Set Impossibly High Standards
Moms can tend to set impossibly high standards for themselves. Usually, they base their ideas on what other people say or what Sally So-n-So’s house looks like. Let’s be real though, comparison is an ugly thing. It can make us feel like our perfectly fine home is just not good enough.
Don’t stress yourself out over what other people think you should be doing. You do what you can do. Being a stay-at-home homeschool mom means that your children will be present at all times. You will be cooking a lot of meals at home, and dirtying a lot of dishes. They will be dragging out toys or tracking in mud all day. It’s just part of life. So, don’t go comparing your life to someone who is not in the same place as you.
Another quick tip for homeschooling and housekeeping…
Mom’s with young toddlers and babies, remember that they are little. There will be toys strewn about the floors, peanut butter smeared all over the carpet, and tiny peanut butter footprints down your hall. (Yes… this happened to me!)
However, they will not be small forever. So, when naptime and meltdowns prolong your school days, and your house looks like a toy bomb went off, try to remember that those things can wait. Our children come first, and the rest will follow.
Prayer is so Important
All of my life I have heard that prayer changes things… and it really does. My prayers lately have included a prayer for me to be a better mother, teacher, a diligent housekeeper, and wife.
All of these things encompass who I am as a person. I want to give my all in each area. As silly as it may seem to some to pray for help with juggling homeschooling and housekeeping, and all of our roles in motherhood… it’s really not. God cares… even about the small things.