My house always seems to be deteriorating slowly by Friday afternoon. We’ve used it and it shows.
If only I were as good at doing my lists as writing them. But this month, I’m doing the fun part: writing and sharing my homeschool lists. The more I follow my lists, the better things go, so maybe writing them out again and again is not an exercise in futility. One can always hope, right?
Bunches of Homeschooling Lists
A week of homeschooling is hard on the state of the house. Often it’s more productive overall to let the toddler empty the plastics drawer and be safely occupied than to constantly redirect her or investigate a suspicious silence. The children think that putting something on top of the bin is equivalent to putting it where it belongs. Books, books, books, scattered everywhere.
So, for this school year, I made a list and I condensed it down as much as I could. I thought through what tasks would help me feel the week was “put away” and wrapped up, which elements of house-chaos bothered me the most, and what would be the biggest payoff for my sanity in the shortest period of time.
Yes, shelving all the books really does help sanity more than chocolate, though it never seems like it at the time.
Here’s what I came up with for me:
- Reshelve (properly) all the books. This never takes as long as it feels it will, and it is a job that speaks to me.
- Clean out my purse and tidy it up. Two minutes to prevent walking around with a portable clutter and garbage bag.
- Tidy up the school cabinet.
Clear all the kitchen-area surfaces of all papers and books and LEGOs.
Your list might be totally different. The important thing is not the tasks themselves but figuring out how to get the bang for your buck in tidying things up at the end of the week.
Another helpful strategy might be to have people come to your house on Friday. Sometimes this works for me and sometimes I just look around and think, “Well, today is going to be an extra-authentic day now, isn’t it?”
Are you often frustrated with the repetitive nature of housework? Do you wonder if it’s even worth your time at all? Do you get angry when your work is immediately undone by your little ones?
If so, Rejoicing in Repetition: Toward Joy in Housework, a meditation on the beauty found in the mundane and repetitious, will lift you up and help you regain a clear perspective.