5 Homemaking Tips for Homeschool Moms

Helping Your Homeschool Day Go Smoother

5 Homemaking Tips for Homeschool Moms, helping your day go smoother, via Great Peace Academy

I'm not one of those, every last surface in my house must be spotless, kind of homemakers. We live here. More than that, we school here and my son and I are here nearly 24/7. So clutter, happens. That being said, I do prefer having a home that is clean and fairly straightened. 

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There are some things that over the course of our homeschooling years, I've learned to maintain so that I'm not overwhelmed. Let me just say, that homemaking through the homeschooling years is quite different from other stages of my life. During my working years I had a specific routine for getting things done around the house. During my sons early years I had a different routine for accomplishing tasks and I was much more diligent about trying to have every surface clean.

Now that I'm a homeschooling mom, my focus is more about the training and education of my child than whether or  not there is dust on the side tables beside my bed. (By the way, there IS dust on the side tables beside my bed.) But, I know that I can accomplish more in a day if certain things are in place and if I maintain certain areas of my home.

Today I'm sharing some homemaking tips that can help your homeschool day go smoother.

5 Homemaking Tips for Homeschool Moms, helping your day go smoother, via Great Peace Academy

  1. Make your bed, have kids make their beds every day. (I taught my son to make his bed as a toddler and by age 4 he could make it himself. It's not always as neat as I would make it, but it's still made.) Making your bed will help you to feel that your bedrooms look tidy. It gives you a sense of accomplishment and even if no other homemaking task gets done in a day, that one thing will be complete, look good and is so easy to do. I make my bed first thing in the morning, before breakfast and before dressing for the day. I also make sure my son'so bed is made. If it isn't Be remind him. </
  2. Laundry, determine how much laundry you can complete, wash/dry/fold/put away, in a day. Then don't stress over any more. It might be 1 load a day, 2, 3 or 4. If you do more, great, you'll feel accomplished. But don't stress over only doing one or three loads a day. It's better to complete loads all the way through the put away process, than it is to have piles of half finished work. Bonus Laundry Tip: Let the family help. In my family, my son folds and puts away his own clothes. My husband puts away his after I've folded it. This works great for my family and has eased my burden greatly. At the same time, my friend Hope, who has 4 kids, let's her 3 oldest kids do their own laundry. Each child is responsible for all of their clothes, they wash/dry/fold & put away. Meaning that Hope only does hers and her husbands, her youngest son's (although I suspect he helps) and the household linens. 
  3. Dishes: Do them as you go while making dinner. Your in the kitchen anyway, so while you're waiting for the water to boil, wash out the mixing bowls, pans etc. Then as soon as dinner is over, wash up the rest of the dishes. It makes for less stress all around, you wake up to a clean kitchen and the daily meals are easier to prep because you have working surfaces. Have the kids put away the dishes once they are washed.
  4. Choose ONE day to scrub the bathrooms. Once a week deep clean the bathroom. On other days, spot clean before bedtime at night. I keep Method Spearmint spray in the bathroom closet and spray and wipe the counter and toilet. It just takes a few minutes and I get to wake up to a clean bathroom. Bonus bathroom tip. Buy a scotch scrub wand fill it half full of dishwashing soap and half white vinegar. Keep it in the shower. Every few days when you step in to take a shower grab the scrub wand and do a quick scrub of the tub. Rinse it off and complete your shower. 
  5. Choose one big project per week. It might be cleaning out a closet or painting a room, or cleaning the oven or fridge. Doing one project a week keeps you from being overwhelmed but also let's you attack the areas that are often neglected.
If you are a planner, and can work out a more precise cleaning schedule, then just ignore the above tips. This is currently what works for me and maybe you can be inspired by a less stressed cleaning routine. 

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Coming Soon Homeschool Author Blog Tour

The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas Author Blog Tour

Coming soon the iHomeschool Network's Big Book of Homeschool Ideas Blog Tour, get more information at Great Peace Academy

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Exclusively from the authors of the Big Book of Homeschool Ideas, we are bringing you the iHomeschool Studio & Big Book of Homeschool Ideas Blog Tour & Bundle Sale for the month of October.  Join us beginning October 1!

Each day in October you will have a chance to visit with some of the blogs of the authors of the Big Book of Homeschool Ideas. We each will share with you the story of our homeschooling journey and why we chose to write the chapters that we wrote in the Big Book of Homeschool Ideas.

This is your chance to not only discover the best homeschool resources on the web, but to get to know each of us a little better.

Why do you want to visit the bloggers in this blog tour?

  1. For a limited time The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas will be bundled with the iHomeschool Studio, a recorded Webinar of Homeschool Encouragement for only$15.
  2. It's like a complete library of homeschool how tos and encouragement for one low price. The Studio contains 23 mp3's covering topics like Personality Types, Managing Intense Kids, Loving Living math and much, much more. The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas was written by 55 homeschool mom's and bloggers who share it all from how to homeschool with LEGO bricks to managing homeschool during a period of unemployment and more.  
  3. There will be freebies, prizes and giveaways along the blog tour. 
  4. The iHomeschool Network will be giving away 10 copies of the bundle. (But don't wait to buy, If you are selected as a winner, you will be refunded the sale amount).

Who to Visit on the Big Book Blog Tour

Join us as by touring The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas authors blogs. Here are the locations and dates for each author on the tour.
  • October 1 - Heather Woodie from Blog, She Wrote. Author of the chapters Teaching Geography with Geography Quests, Teaching Sewing in Homeschool, and Being a Homeschooling Mentor Rather Than an Instructor.
  • October 2 - Stephanie Harrington from Harrington Harmonies. Author of the chapters Everything You Need to Know About Gardening and You CAN Teach Art. Stephanie will be giving away a Teaching Art Basketful of Goodies.
  • October 3 - Joan Otto from Unschool Rules. Author of the chapter Learning from Video Games. Joan will be giving away a $20 GameStop gift card.
  • October 4 - Mary Prather from Homegrown Learners. Author of the chapter How to Teach with LEGO. Mary will be giving away free LEGO scripture copywork.
  • October 5 - Amy Stults from Milk and Cookies. Author of the chapters Learning with Maps and Genealogy for Kids. Amy will be giving away a copy of WonderMaps from Bright Ideas Press.
  • October 6 - Eva Varga from EvaVarga.net. Author of the chapters How to Use Postage Stamps for Learning and Inquiry Science with Middle School Students. Eva will be giving away Getting Started with Inquiry Science.
  • October 7 - Colleen Kessler from Raising Lifelong Learners . Author of the chapter Hands-on Science. Colleen will be giving away Science for Smart Kids: Electricity.
  • October 8 - Sallie Borrink from SallieBorrink.com. Author of the chapters Allowing Play to be Your Child's Preschool, Parenting a Spirited or Highly-Sensitive Child, and Parenting an Only Child. Sallie will be giving away a $25 shopping spree at Sallie Borrink Learning.
  • October 9 - Karyn Tripp from Teach Beside Me. Author of the chapter Homeschooling with Games. Karyn will be giving away a printable Build a House - Math Bingo Game.
  • October 10 - Selena Robinson from Look, We're Learning. Author of the chapters Teaching Foreign Language, Active Learning Ideas for Kinesthetic Learners, Using Movies for Learning, How to Add PE to Your Homeschool Day, and Homeschooling Through the Summer. Selena will be giving away We Got Jazz.
  • October 11 - Janine LaTulippe from True Aim Education. Author of the chapters How to Encourage Math Haters, How to Answer the Critics of Homeschooling, and Character Development. Janine will be giving away a Character eBook Set and a Free Character Building Activities printable.
  • October 12 - Marci Goodwin from The Homeschool Scientist. Author of the chapter Nature Study. Marci will be giving away a field guide.
  • October 13 - Jennifer Dunlap from Forever, For Always, No Matter What. Author of the chapters Homeschooling in a Large Family and Homeschooling through a Move. Jennifer will be giving away a couple of Florida learning resources.
  • October 14 - Ticia Messing from Adventures in Mommydom. Author of the chapters Tools to Teach the Bible to Your Kids and Hands-on Learning. Ticia will be giving away an Old Testament Bible study.
  • October 15 - Alicia Hutchinson from Investing Love. Author of the chapters Children's Literature, Homeschool Conferences, and Unit Studies. Alicia will be giving away Mrs. Hutchinson's Classroom Guide: Homeschool Basics.
  • October 16 - Michelle Cannon from Heart of Michelle. Author of the chapters Transitioning from Elementary to Middle School, Homeschooling the Child with Bipolar Disorder, and Navigating from High School to College with a Dyslexic Child. Michelle will be giving away a one-hour homeschool consultation.
  • October 17 - Jennifer Janes from Jennifer A. Janes. Author of the chapters Special Needs Homeschooling and 25 Ideas for Ministry and Volunteering in the Community with Kids.
  • October 18 - Renee Brown from Great Peace Academy. Author of the chapters How to Find Resources for Gifted Child Homeschooling, How to Homeschool During Job Loss, and Prioritizing your Marriage While Homeschooling. Renee will be giving away a $25 Amazon card.
  • October 19 - Adelien Tandian from Blessed Learners. Author of the chapters How to Start Research With Your Logic Stage Kids. Adelien will be giving away Basic Science Notebooking Pages and Graphic Organizers.
  • October 20 - Heidi Ciravola from Starts at Eight. Author of the chapters Making Tweens and Teens More Independent Learners and High School Literature. Heidi will be giving away The Ultimate Homeschool Planner and The Ultimate Weekly Planner for Teens from Apologia.
  • October 21 - Dianna Kennedy from The Kennedy Adventures. Author of the chapters Keeping Babies and Toddlers Occupied While Homeschooling, Managing Extra Curricular Activities and Homeschooling, and Homeschooling While Pregnant. Dianna will be giving away a $25 Amazon gift card.
  • October 22 - LaToya Edwards from Learning to Let Him Lead. Author of the chapters Homeschooling Elementary Aged Boys, and Single Parent Homeschooling.
  • October 23 - Carisa Hinson from 1+1+1=1. Author of the chapter Homeschooling Tots. Carisa will be giving away Animal ABCs Bundle.
  • October 24 - Shannen Espelien from Middle Way Mom. Author of the chapters Getting Started with Credit-by-exam, Where to Buy and Sell Used Curriculum, and Transitioning to a Virtual School from Public School.
  • October 25 - Marianne Sunderland from Adundant Life. Author of the chapters Homeschooling Teen Girls, The Power of Interest-led Learning, and Raising Kids With Vision. Marianne will be giving away a DVD/study guide bundle of Intrepid: The Zac Sunderland Story - Part 1, Part 2 and Wild Eyes: The Abby Sunderland Story.
  • October 26 - Kyle Suzanne McVay from Aspired Living. Author of the chapter Classical Homeschooling. Kyle will be giving away A Home Educators Guide to Living Math.
  • October 27 - Mama Jenn from Mama Jenn. Author of the chapter Homeschooling Twins. Jenn will be giving away an Education Cubes Set (membership AND cubes/photo blocks).
  • October 28 - Amy Matkovich from A Journey of Purpose. Author of the chapters Making the First Day of Homeschool Special, and How to Make a Homeschool Budget and Stick to it. Amy will be giving away Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover book and The Graduate’s Survival Guide (book and DVD).
  • October 29 - Amy Maze from Living and Learning at Home. Author of the chapter Free eBooks and Audiobooks.

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