Something I see often on homeschool groups, is mothers asking other mothers how in the world they juggle the house, homeschool and working from home. I own a Etsy store and it’s booming quite a bit, so I thought I would offer what works for us.
First, you cannot do it all. Something is going to fall behind, and that’s ok! For us, it’s the house. I would love to be able to take on fewer orders, but financially I have to take as many orders as I can. So, laundry is never caught up, I have floors just desperately need swept & mopped. There’s always toys on the floor and dishes in the sink. I’m purging my entire house as much as I can, but still, housework just doesn’t (can’t!) take priority right now.
We school year round, which helps immensely as well.
As for day-to-day, this is what works best for me!
We get up, I drink a cup of coffee slowly, the kids eat breakfast, then we dive into morning time. I use Sonlight curriculum, so we do Bible, History, Science (I’m horrible and we don’t do experiments in the early years.) & literature in the living room. We usually add in hymns and geography songs as well. Then we’ll break for lunch/snack. My 2year old still takes a nap, so the big girls get some quiet time while I put her down to sleep. Once she’s asleep, my older girl two (K & A) do bookwork. K is 8.5 and fairly independent in math, explode the code & handwriting, and needs minimal instruction on LA. A is 6 years old and and requires a lot more instruction, so depending on how much work I need to get done, I may or may not help her right then. When K is done with bookwork, she moves on to her reader (again, she’s independent). Then, she’s done for the day!
Depending on how the planets align, and how well B naps, I may start working with A. At only 6 I don’t push her hard – she loves math, but handwriting and reading are more of a struggle so we take those slow. After she’s done her bookwork, she’s done, too!
Usually it’s about 2pm at this time, so if the weather allows, we head outside once B is awake. If I have any quilts pieced and ready to quilt, I usually head to my studio (next door to my house) and quilt for a few hours. If I don’t quilt, then they play for an hour or so, then we may do an additional family read aloud. I may try to work some in here, but usually I do chores at this time. I start supper around 5pm. Then we do supper & baths (if needed). Once I put the girls to bed (8:30-9:00) I try to do any chores (loading the dishwasher, switch over laundry, etc) then sit down and work. I usually work for about 2 hours. I’m a night owl, though, so it’s no struggle for me. This time is the only consistent time I get to work, as we sometimes have chiropractic appointments that throw the entire day off, or therapy (B & A are currently in occupational therapy on Monday’s).
It’s a struggle. I feel behind a lot of the time, but financially it has REALLY helped this year. I would love to get back to the point where I just use my work for vacation and fun money and can concentrate more on the house, but for now this works well for us!