Homeschooling your children is such a huge undertaking. Between making sure that they receive an amazing education and maintaining your own life, it can be understandably hard for any parent to maintain a sense of balance. Furthermore, when you and your children are at home so much, it’s not hard for the house to become messy and cluttered. It’s never good to get into the habit of maintaining a dirty home. So, consider these tips for homeschool parents to help you and your family live and thrive in a well-maintained environment.
Designate One Area for Schoolwork and Study
It’s easier to maintain a space when everything has an assigned place. If your children understand that towels go in the bathroom, they won’t have to grapple with where the towels go once they come out of the dryer. Knowing this, it’s a good idea to maintain a specific area that is specifically for their educational efforts. Even though you all do work at home, you can still create an educational environment in one of the rooms of your home. Whether it’s the basement or one of the bedrooms, create an educational center where you can teach and the children can get school work done.
This is a job that your children can help you with. At the end of each school day, make sure that your children clean up the area that they used. It’s important to make sure that they get rid of the trash that accrued throughout the workday. It’s also wise to go behind them and make sure that everything they put in the trash belongs there.
Use Organizational Tools and Systems
Use organizational tools and systems to help you maintain a sense of order in the school zone. Consider assigning each child a cubby and folders that house their own work. It’s also a good idea to have bookshelves for the various books and folders that your children use. Purchase shelving and containers that work well for holding school supplies like pens, pencils and paper. Until your children get into the habit of knowing where everything goes, use labels to direct them. They’ll know where to put their various school supplies when they’re finished using them.
Do a Seasonal Dump
At the end of each season, make sure to do a seasonal dump. During this time, look at all of the paperwork, teaching material and books that your children have used throughout that season. Decide what is necessary to keep. If anything needs to be kept or stored away, consider purchasing a unit in a small unit at a self-storage facility to hold extra things that can’t stay in the home. Outside of that, it’s a good idea to either donate the rest of the materials to another homeschooling family or Goodwill.
While it might be tempting to hold on to everything that your children do, you have to display discipline and regularly maintain a clean space. With kids, things can pile up quickly. However, if you’re intentional about implementing these steps, your home can remain clean and clutter-free.