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Recently a new homeschooling mom and I had a heart-to-heart. Our conversation went a little something like this:
Her: “You’ve been homeschooling for a long time, and all those kids! There is just so much stuff! How do you keep it all organized? How do you stay on top of household chores and homeschooling with the kids home all day?”
Me: “I do have a few tips that I’ve learned over the years. I keep on top of everything with a few simple rules…”
And now I will share those rules with you too.
1. A place for everything and everything in it’s place. A hutch makes a great place to stuff stuff.
2. You cannot have too many bookshelves, the cubby kind is especially helpful with organization.
3. Bedrooms are for sleeping only! Discourage play in the bedroom to maintain order.
4. Always do at least one load of laundry a day, from start to finish, and your baskets will never be overflowing.
HA HA HA HA. I’m only funnin’ ya. I soooo don’t have it all together. In fact, I so don’t have it together that I don’t even pretend to have it all together anymore.
My house gets messy sometimes.
I’m often a day (or three) behind in laundry and use the bathtub as dirty laundry storage.
Sometimes the dishes are left to soak so we can enjoy more family time.
That hutch? I haven’t seen the surface in at least a month.
And guess what?
Take heart dear homeschooling parents. There will be a day when your house can be spotless and your laundry will be done, and I promise that you’ll miss the chaos of having little ones underfoot.
The house can be cleaned up. The bedrooms can be tidied and the laundry can be sorted. Later. Take the time to enjoy your children today because the days are long but the years are so, so short.
Meg Grooms is a long-time homeschooling mother of 6 children, ranging in age from preschool to married with kids of their own. Always a vagabond at heart, Meg and her family have embraced a slow travel lifestyle and currently call Southern California home. Your guess is as good as hers as to where they’ll end up next.
Meg blogs about secular homeschooling and gameschooling at Homeschool Gameschool.