How to keep a clean house while homeschooling.
One of the questions that new homeschoolers, and veteran homeschoolers for that matter, invariably ask is, “How do you keep a clean house while homeschooling?”
You would think that being home all day would help, but children leave messes behind them. By the time the kitchen is clean, the playroom is a mess. When the playroom is clean, the living room is a mess.
You finally get the playroom AND the living room clean, and the kitchen has been turned into an art studio. It seems impossible to ever catch up.
What do you do?
Choose one of these ways to keep a clean house while homeschooling.
1. Motivated Moms
Motivated Moms is a system I’ve used on and off for years. After I time I purchased the half-sized page-per-day paper planner, and it was used as both a housework planner and a daily to-do list.
I kept it in a 5 1/2 inch by 8-inch binder that I carried with me. There was also a section for my homeschool plans. It works really well! Provided you diligently work the system.
Flylady is a system I try, drop, and try again. I adore the concept but have trouble actually keeping it going. A few habits have stuck with me through the years though.
I wear my shoes which handy when an emergency comes up and I need to run out the door. I make my bed, and I swish and swipe.
3. Sidetracked Home Executives (TM): From Pigpen to Paradise
Sidetracked Home Executives(TM): From Pigpen to Paradise is a fun book to read, and I’ve set the index cards up a couple of times. It worked really well!
Until my toddler dumped the cards on the floor.
4. Home Comforts
Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House is a great resource! She does have lists for what needs to happen on a daily, weekly, and seasonal basis. A ton of information is also included on setting up the kitchen, meals, laundry, home safety, etc.
It’s a wonderful resource just to have on the shelf. Wondering how to clean a wool blanket? Look it up! Curious about the proper way to set a formal table? It’s in the book!
5. Large Family Logistics
Large Family Logistics: The Art and Science of Managing the Large Family highlights an organization technique where you have a written routine for each day of the week. You list the schedule and chores. Put the page in a plastic protective sleeve and check things off as you go.
There are also many tips and tricks for running a large household with many children from organizing clothing to cooking. It has great advice for everyone but is super handy if you have a bunch of kids.
6. Bootcamp for Lousy Housekeepers
Bootcamp for Lousy Housekeepers uses a similar technique to Large Family Logistics in that you have a written routine for each day of the week, but it’s not written for large families. It’s written for anyone who’s keeping house.
In addition to making a written routine for each day of the week, Heidi Schaap has you make a plan for yellow days (days that aren’t going well) and red days (where everything that could go wrong, does go wrong).
7. Last, but not least, you can hire a housekeeper!
I’ve never tried this one myself but I’ve had people swear by it, and sometimes it seems like the best option of all. Simply kick back and allow someone else to clean.
The first six methods are ones I’ve tried and tested. They’re great systems to keep the house clean while homeschooling, provided you do the work!