I have been thinking of my gran a lot lately and about a conversation we had when I was in University. She had just come back from visiting one of my cousins and very proudly told me “Her house is so spotless you could eat off her floor.”
The very first time another homeschooling family came to visit I madly tried to tidy / clean up but now when that same family visit I know that they honestly do not care. And likewise when I visit them I do not care if their house is not spotless. There are only so many hours in a day, hours that quickly get filled with helping the kids with their latest project, driving/walking them to an activity, reading, researching a new theme or how to do something, having fun and laughing with the kids (this is so important), and some relaxing time and yes when all that is done I will try and do some housework.
I will try and tidy some of the toys, pack away the latest project that is covering our kitchen table, clean the kitchen or do some laundry but chances are very good that I will not end up scrubbing the floors before I climb into bed. So for now, we will just teach our kids that it probably is not a good thing to eat off the floor and if you can not find clean clothes in your cupboard go and look in the pile of laundry that is lying in the spare room waiting to get packed away. Oh and I am very confident that if my gran was still alive today and if she can to visit and spent time with my kids she would have been just as proud.