Another Reason Why Homeschooling is Bad: The House Suffers

by Angela
(Calgary, Alberta, Canada)

Reasons Why Homeschooling is Bad: Messy Kids

Reasons Why Homeschooling is Bad: Messy Kids

Looking for some reasons why homeschooling is bad? Canadian mom shares why those who need a clean, neat home will want to think twice about homeschooling...


Oh, you bet the house suffers! Not only are the kids home more often, ergo creating more mess, the messes we make are more creative.

Most kids will leave their toys lying around, mine erupt volcanoes, mummify chickens and build suspension bridges out of popsicle sticks.

Furthermore, when do most moms get the housework done? While the kids are at school, of course!

We have to go on huge family cleaning binges every second Saturday. We write all of the tasks that need to be done on slips of paper and put them in a jar. Everybody draws a slip and does that particular chore. Most of the tasks take about fifteen minutes each. When everybody has their task done, we all chose a new paper.

With the five of us working (including Dad), we can have the whole house done in less than two hours. The only thing I don't make them do is the bathrooms. That's my thing.

Angela, it's funny you posted this today. I walked into my house after eating lunch outside with the kids and thought, "Oh, how I hate that my home is so messy all the time."

A messy house comes with homeschooling, something I learned along time ago, although its still hard to accept. After all these years, my messy house still bothers me, but I'd never trade homeschooling or having my kids around all the time for a neat home. We do pitch in and clean the house as a family each Friday; I love the method your family uses - great tips! Thanks so much for sharing! Blessings, Heather :)

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Apr 26, 2010
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can someone tell my husband this?
by: Anonymous

I'm a new homeschooling Mom, and my husband and I are arguing about why the house is continually messy. He doesn't understand why I can't just give my daughter the assignment, and then go off and do my housework as usual! (Not to mention the fact that my daughter needs absolute silence to do her work--she has adhd, and any visual or auditory stimulus sends completely distracts her!)

Thanks for writing this article...It made me feel so much better!!

Apr 26, 2010
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Oh, Thank YOU!
by: MsB

I home school 3 kids and teach at a local co-op, and I keep telling myself, when co-op classes are done, we'll clean up around here - but I might be in a straight jacket before then! I think this article just bought me enough time to make it through!

Mar 15, 2011
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Will it all really matter?
by: SmartMom

OK, so, my house is a DISASTER. No, REALLY. I have piles of dishes....some were eaten off of and some were part of a RECENT science expierement done by a 6 yr old.

I have a lump of CLAY attached to my TV remote...because now it is a "TV CONTROLLING MONSTER." (one google eye is lost beneth the couch, thus adding to the mystique of the TV MONSTER which is now being nicknamed. CY - as in CLOPSE)

There are school desks smooched up to the P.E. (I mean tred-mill) My husband LITERALLY steps over laundry to get in the door from an 18 hour shift. My hair is a WRECK and I've NEVER had a mani-pedi. I hear RUMORS of things called "BABYSITTERS" but, never have expierenced one myself. ;) My kids have TOY BOXES in EVERY ROOM, because....THIS IS THE PLAYGROUND!!! I found a folder in the bathroom....since my pre-teen "likes to read in the tub". A lost Health book was FINALLY located UNDER mommy's bed. ('wememberw dat day whewr we did health and snuggied in bed togethewr'....dat's how it was undewr youwr bed!')

My Camera was recently broken in ART class while doing a "stop animation" project. I have piles of teachers manuals where lovely scented candles used to sit. Office chairs are in the place in the corner of the room where a Day Lilly once grew while resting in a beautiful vase. Expensive Art is now in a MORE EXPENSIVE storage unit...because I have a TIMELINE of AMERICAN HISTORY and a hand drawn picture of Spiderman and a Princess Fairy in their places.

And here's the thing. WHO CARES!? NOT I SAID THE MOM! On my death bed, I promise you, I will not be wishing for a cleaner house. I will not be wishing to have spent more time AWAY from my children. I will be surrounded by my FREE THINKING, CONFIDENT, WELL ROUNDED, WELL TRAVELED, EXPIERENCED, ATHLETIC, ARTICULATE, GOOD SPELLERS! Thats right, my children!

Mar 17, 2011
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from Kansas
by: Ruth Mahner

I always say "I hope, and I'm pretty sure, that when I stand before God, He's not going to ask me why my house wasn't cleaner. If He does, I'll have some explaining to do. But I THINK He's going to ask about other things, so I'm concentrating on those."

Jul 20, 2012
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Clean House and Homeschooling
by: Anonymous

I homeschool and I'm sorry, my house is not a mess. We do an hour of pick up time every morning after breakfast and my kids have bins in the play room and their rooms for toys. They start learning at toddler age that toys go there when they are done playing with them and how to pick up. We spend 4 1/2 hours on organized, structured learning activities and lessons and find I still have time to do things like fix meals, run an errand or an extra kids project during the day. Homeschooling is NOT an excuse to live in a messy, disorganized house. I don't buy that as acceptable just because someone homeschools.

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