“Being adaptable is certainly important. "My house hasn't been clean since we started homeschooling seven years ago.”
I read this quote several months ago and I shuddered at the idea. My imagination didn’t quite go to a vision from “Hoarders”, but I did begin to feel itchy and shortly after launched into a full-on kitchen clean; rubber gloves and all. I am admittedly a recovering OCD Haus Frau and a joyful feng shui junkie, but my possible judgement (see, I said it first), lay in the notion that a messy house would be a conducive environment for learning.
Hear me out. If you went to visit your child’s classroom and saw everything in disarray, would you have issue with not only the potential health and safety of the space, but also the teacher’s ability to organize herself and model that for the students? Again, my point here is less about messy homes and disorganization (a lived in home is always better than a picture perfect one), and more about messy planning or a lack thereof and the effects it could have on home teaching and learning.
Here are a few ways you can have a clean house and a vibrant homeschool too.
While homeschooling occurs at home, it is not a venture that can be squeezed in between laundry and dinner. Even the most hands-off approaches require prompting, interaction and at the very least, supervision. Kudos to the parent who values her children’s education over a House&Garden editorial-worthy living room. And perhaps it’s not possible, to maintain both roles simultaneously as teacher and homemaker - has anyone figured out yet how to clone themselves? Consider for a moment what the benefits of conscious planning, coordination and effort could be. And may you never have to go seven years with a messy home.