Do you have a daily chore chart in your home? We all know that chores are a necessary evil in our lives if we want to have some semblance of a neat and orderly household. If you spend all your time on homeschooling, then your house falls apart. If you spend all your time on your house, your homeschooling falls apart. The key to solving this problem is balance. If you can schedule some time into every day to take care of the basic necessities, then you should be able to keep your house looking presentable.
Not sure how to do that? "A Plan for Joy in the Home" has an entire chapter dedicated to helping you make a chore chart that works for your family and your kids.
I am a big advocate of getting
your children involved in helping out around the house. The amount that
you can accomplish in one day will depend greatly upon the number of
able-bodied children you have. If you have at least one child that can
walk steadily, then you have a child that can help.
It is important for many reasons to get your kids involved in the housework:
I can't say this enough: Don't be afraid to get the kids involved. I learned this from personal experience that not getting them involved early causes problems in getting them involved later on. The younger they are the more enthusiastic, albeit not perfect, they will be when it comes to working around the house. Here is where a good chart will come in handy. Make one up so that everyone knows what their jobs are and when they are supposed to do them.
Here is where a good daily chore chart will
come in handy. Make one up so that everyone knows what their jobs are
and when they are supposed to do them. Excel is an organized mother's best friend so if you don't know how to use the most basic functions (and it's pretty easy to figure out), then make sure you learn!
Once you assign the jobs, you must take the time to teach them exactly how you want each job done. Just remember, you will have to keep following up on them because it might take them awhile to get it right.
A rule of thumb that I use is that your home should be within 1/2 - 1 hour of being able to be seen by a visitor without you feeling embarrassed.
Is your house in that state? If not, take some time right now to get your chores organized so that you can be on your way to a neater and more comfortable home.