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    How in the world are you suppose to keep your house clean when you homeschool? I did manage laundry and dishes on a daily basis. With the laundry I'd put a load in first thing in the morning then put it in the dryer at lunchtime. Fold it at night. With dishes I kept a dishpan full of soapy water and just washed up the dishes as they appeared when I had a few moments. But what about the rest?? I would usually sweep the kitchen floor a couple times a day and maybe vacuum twice a week (at night after the baby's toys were picked up) but that's it. Dusting? Ha! I haven't dusted in months... I need to shampoo my livingroom carpet in a huge way, my kitchen floor is the bane of my existence. The only thing that gets it clean is a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Mop... there is something wrong with the linoleum or something. What are your tips for doing housework and homeschooling? I don't expect my house to be pristine but I would at least not like to be embarrassed if someone stops by...
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    • 2nd year homeschooling using A Beka Books and anything else that we find interesting.

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    What?!? We're supposed to homeschool AND have the house clean?

    Seriously, around here what worked was enlisting the kiddos more and more as they've gotten older. There is no way I could homeschool, work part-time, and have all the chores done in and out of the house without their help. I realize yours are still young, but my kids were cleaning bathrooms, running a vacuum, doing dishes, and dusting when they were only about 8 or 9 years old. It wasn't always perfect, but it was better than nothing, and they've improved over time. As they've gotten older and more responsible, we've added more items. We all live here, so we all should be helping to keep house.

    Also, try just focusing on one area at a time. At least it makes me feel I accomplished something, even if the next room is still a pig-sty.
    Carol

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    I have found that a good routine Plus having my kids take over some chores has helped with keeping my house looking much better. My kids also get paid for certain chores. Then they are required to buy there own toys, we only get them gift toys for their birthdays and christmas. (working on changing how christmas is done)

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    And don't forget that the spouse can run a broom or a dishrag, too.
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    Homeschooling Mitchell (8/11/2002), Michael and Matthew (5/11/2005) since 8/17/2009.
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    I look at it this way: when I am old and reviewing my life, I can't imagine saying "I sure wish I had kept a cleaner house" or "I regret not being a better housekeeper".

    I always keep this in mind with everything...when there is a conflict with my "what should I do with my time" which would I regret doing/not doing more? Putting my kid and family and even fun first keeps me fulfilled. The house is clean enough to be healthy and we have clean clothes. Good enough for me.
    Brandi
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    DS is in public school, but we enrich and expand at home

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    Quote Originally Posted by inmom View Post
    What?!? We're supposed to homeschool AND have the house clean?
    As soon as I saw the heading, this was going to be my answer. My kids are still a little young to help with many chores although I'm working on getting them to clean up their toys. Other than that, I make sure we have clean clothes, clean dishes and nothing is disgusting. We have clutter issues which make things even harder and I don't see us overcoming them until our new house is done so I guess you can say I've given up.

    I agree that the chores and cleaning are not the things we are going to look back on with fond memories.
    Dorothy
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    George - 8/2005
    Vicki - 7/2007
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    Quote Originally Posted by inmom View Post
    What?!? We're supposed to homeschool AND have the house clean?

    Seriously, around here what worked was enlisting the kiddos more and more as they've gotten older.
    Quote Originally Posted by ercswf View Post
    I have found that a good routine Plus having my kids take over some chores has helped with keeping my house looking much better.
    Quote Originally Posted by camaro View Post
    And don't forget that the spouse can run a broom or a dishrag, too.
    Quote Originally Posted by MamaB2C View Post
    I look at it this way: when I am old and reviewing my life, I can't imagine saying "I sure wish I had kept a cleaner house" or "I regret not being a better housekeeper".
    Quote Originally Posted by dottieanna29 View Post
    I agree that the chores and cleaning are not the things we are going to look back on with fond memories.
    I agree to all of these. I have the kids study home-ec., hubby helps out, I regularly declutter & I don't expect it to be perfect. My house gets a proper cleaning 4 times a year, Thanksgiving, Christmas, in March for Emma's birthday, and June for Quince's, and that is only because we have tons of company for the celebrations. The rest of the year if the house doesn't stink, nothing is growing ( well besides science projects LOL ), & my floors aren't crunchy, I am good !!!

    When my older kids graduated, I never wished that we spent more time cleaning. I wished we spent more time making great big messes, art, science, playing in leaf piles, & etc. I luckily have a second chance... and beyond safety and health, housework is low on the list.
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    Are you ankle deep in craft paper?
    Is your kitchen table buried beneath Art project/Science Project/Scale Model of Ancient Troy?
    Is there a Biology Experiment going on in your bathroom?
    Was your mother in law almost killed in a book avalanche last time she visited your house?

    . . .then you might be a homeschooler, my friend!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Theresa Holland Ryder View Post
    Are you ankle deep in craft paper?
    Is your kitchen table buried beneath Art project/Science Project/Scale Model of Ancient Troy?
    Is there a Biology Experiment going on in your bathroom?
    Was your mother in law almost killed in a book avalanche last time she visited your house?

    . . .then you might be a homeschooler, my friend!
    HA HA HA HA HA HA! My thoughts exactly!

    Around here, we just try to stick to a routine. I do certain chores on certain days, laundry is done every other day and I only pick up the kids toys once a day (anymore than that is a waste of my energy! lol.) I'm lucky though, my daughter REALLY likes to clean and will actually dust and sweep for me. My son isn't old enough to clean, just makes messes!

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    My homeschooling pal is selling her house and had the real estate agent over for an evaluation. She said the agent was very professional when he suggested she might want to move the mummified chicken out of the kitchen before the open house.

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