Thursday, March 25, 2010

Homeschooling vs. Housecleaning

I was chatting with a friend this morning, who had called to drag me out to the park on this sunny day.  We shared our frustration in trying to keep the house clean while homeschooling.  This is her first year homeschooling, it's my fourteenth.  This struggle is nothing new.

When the family is home all day, the house is lived in.  Despite having regular chores, it begins to look it rather quickly.  In fact, if we have had a really great day of schooling, it usually looks worse.  The problem is, the messier the home, the grouchier I become.  But I can either homeschool well or clean well.  So what's my solution?

Send 'em off to school so I can clean all day.

Ha!  Just kidding.  I would rather spend my days with my kids than my Magic Erasers (as much as I love those things!).   What seems to work the best for us is to take a week now and then for "Home Ec." (GRIN).  We're way overdue for that around here, so next week is focusing on learning life skills.  These life skills will include how to scrub a kitchen, cleaning a bedroom without shoving everything under the bed, and the fine art of using hangers in the coat closet.

Some days, this is much more crucial to our well being than multiplication, bacteria, and mythology. 


6 comments:

Lorus! said...

I love reading your blog! We are in our 10th year of homeschooling and have 4 kids, ages 3-14. A clean house sometimes seems impossible. We are spending some of next week in that "Spring Cleaning" mode as well. Sometimes I just need a good cleaning week to refresh me!

Debra said...

Oh, yeah. I'm totally on board with the send 'em to school so I can have a clean house mentality right now. Or send 'em to school so I can actually experience silence, just once.



Maybe we need a home ec week next week too. Because sending them away isn't an option right now.

TerriG said...

You mean we are supposed to clean our homes, homeschool, and blog? That's news to me. You will notice the absence of posts that start with "While I was cleaning the...."

We do try to make some progress on Saturday mornings.

Twisted Cinderella said...

I so understand this. It is so hard to keep on top of everything, especially this year with two under two as well as homeschooling my Autistic Daughter.

Luke said...

Also taking a a quick 15 minute cleaning blitz can be great as well. It's amazing how much you can get done in just a few minutes... and it's much more fun when everyone is involved [smile].

~Luke

Chanda said...

This is SO right on! It's funny how when people hear you are homeschooling, they assume 2 things: 1) You must have it all together, all organized, and all clean.
2) You must be free to babysit, run errands, etc anytime during the week.

Of all things I thought would be difficult to keep up while homeschooling, house cleaning wasn't one of them. Oh well, my kids will only be this age once. My housecleaning will always be there.

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