Of all the homeschooling families I know, only ONE is able to maintain a spotless and organized house. For me, cleaning and organizing takes a back seat to all the other fun stuff we’re doing.
Also, I’m pretty sure it’s impossible.
It’s a fact (according to me) that keeping your house clean and homeschooling multiple children doesn’t happen at the same time. Everyday I make the choice – I look at the clock and think, I can clean or I can do a science project with the Butterfly. And later, I can clean or read with the Princess. This goes on all day. In the evenings, I choose between cleaning or writing.
Guess what wins?
Something has to be sacrificed. I don’t want to sacrifice my writing time to vacuum behind, underneath and in the cracks of the couch, but I might do it anyway.
Want to know why?
Yesterday, flipping channels with the Adventurer, I landed on the TLC show Hoarding: Buried Alive.
I was glued. I was horrified. When they cleaned the house, they actually found the remains of their cat that had been missing for two years.
We both had nightmares last night.
Now, I’m not a hoarder. I don’t want to keep anything. When something gets lost around here, I hear this:
“Mom, did you throw out my —? I know you did because I can’t find it in my room!”
And then I find it for them. I want to throw it all out. I want to be free.
The show brought out the OCD in me. I felt an immediate urge to scrub down everything in my house and throw out every once of clutter.
All of it.
I like a minimalist look:
I’m dreaming again. Where are the kids in this picture? Still, I find that room inspiring.
Now excuse me please, I have an appointment with my vacuum cleaner. We are going to visit the couches, the closet floors (if I can find them) and the high corners of the ceilings and skylights. After that I’m going to fill bag after bag to give to Goodwill. Then I’m going to empty every cabinet and drawer in the kitchen, make them sparkle and reorganize.
So, if I’m not around for a few days, it’s because I’m knee deep in decluttering my entire life.
That should only take a few days, right?