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As a homeschooling parent, keeping the house clean is extra challenging, especially if you have a lot of little children in the house. We have two young children and it is always a struggle to keep things clean.
I’m certainly not a neat freak or a cleaning expert, but I am trying to improve and have learned a lot along the way. These 5 strategies to keep a clean house while homeschooling have really helped us, and I hope they help you, too!
5 Strategies for a Clean (er) House
We’ve come up with a few strategies along the way that helps to keep things a little cleaner, including a free printable chore chart you can use to make it easier to keep things in balance. If you’re looking for even more free printables, visit this page.
Have Designated Cleaning Times
We don’t always have designated cleaning times, but when we do, it makes a huge difference. We try to have a set cleaning time for 30 minutes before we start school and either before or after supper. Even just adding a few extra minutes of cleaning throughout the day really makes a big difference in the overall cleanliness of the house.
Clean on the Weekends
We often save the weekends for chores we can’t get to during the day. We use weekends for laundry, cleaning bathrooms, mopping, organizing, and anything beyond regular clutter pick up. We try to get our dishes done daily, but if we can’t do that, we catch up on the weekends.
Use a Printable Chore Chart
We’ve used a printable chore chart for several months now, and it has really helped. Monkey and I are both checklist people, so we really find chore charts motivating.
I’ve created a free printable chore chart you can download and use in your own house. The columns are blank so you can fill each day with your chosen chores. The printable chore chart works for adults or for children. I love the versatility of this printable family chore chart.
I print the printable chore chart once a week (usually on Sunday) and fill in the blanks with the chores I want to accomplish that week. Then, as we do the chores, I cross them off the list. We print one for each family member who will contribute to chores and tape them up in our hall as a constant reminder.
Let Some Things Go
When you are a homeschooling family, you are home a lot more often than most families, which means your home is well-used. This usually translates to more mess. I’ve never been a neat freak, but even I have learned that sometimes it is best to let some things slide. We try to keep on top of clutter pick up and dishes, but laundry and other chores are often pushed to the weekends so we have enough time for school and work.
I’ve found that these strageties really help keep our house clean(er) and prevent our house from being constantly messy while we homeschool.
What strategies do you use to keep your house clean while homeschooling?
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