11 Tips for Working from Home & Homeschooling with Ease

I get asked all the time about how we work from home and homeschool because somehow we make it seem easy. I’ll admit some days I look around at the end of the day and I feel like a superhuman and other days I look around and think that I’m a failure as a wife, mother, educator, and business owner. 

From the outside perspective, it seems like we have a lot going on. We juggle two businesses (which are client work heavy), homeschool two kiddos (one being on the spectrum), my hubs is in college, and learning his own business, and then frankly I have some big goals of my own we’re working on. We get some quality family time in, we travel, hit the beach mid-week, and somehow make it all work.

So how do we do it all you ask? I’m glad you’re here because I promise it’s easier than it seems.

The 10-Minute Tidy 

This is my best friend throughout the day! Literally, either my husband or I, sometimes both, will spend 10 minutes cleaning. It may be the dishes, a quick vacuum because of the dog hair. My husband actually vacuums 2-3 times per day because we have two big black labs and they shed a lot!

The concept of the 10-minute tidy is that for 10 minutes you do nothing else but tidy something. Pick a spot and clean it. We do this 3 times a day and it takes obviously no time at all. It goes super fast but you’d be surprised what you can accomplish in just 10 minutes.

Try working a 10-minute tidy into your day. You’ll be surprised at what a difference it can make inside your home every day.

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Boundaries

This was a big one for me. I am a people pleaser by nature. 

I want to say yes to everyone and help everyone as much as I possibly can. Which has caused some serious burnout for me in the past. I would answer calls at dinner, I would bring my laptop on vacation, I would never turn off.

Until we started to homeschool. Then I had to be intentional with my time. I had to say no. I had to shut off. I had to ask myself what was the most important. Did I work for myself so I could work 80+ hours a week or did I work for myself to get quality time with my family?

The answer was the latter so I had to shut my phone off. I wouldn’t take client calls at night. I wouldn’t do “quick projects” anymore after dinner. When the workday was done, it was done.

It’s made a huge difference for our family. We’ve been able to travel and I’ve been able to unplug. We relax. I make friends when we go out of town now because I can be present.

Seriously, this is why I rely heavily on my planner. I write down what time I plan to prep dinner because once that dinner prep goes in, it’s time to shut the business down. I pencil my family time first. I pencil in what’s imperative to me first and my business has to fit around me and my family.

Friends

Like I said when I travel now I make friends and God has definitely put the right people in my life. Recently, we went camping in TN. I met another Christian blogging homeschool mama literally camping across from us. We’ve stayed in touch and she’s been a source of inspiration in my life for sure.

The point is, you can’t do this alone. You need people around you who understand you. My closest friends are people I met in the business space. They understand when I’m stressed about deadlines, opt-ins, funnel writing, website plugins, visibility strategies, etc. I can rely on someone who gets it.

Make friends. Join a networking group locally. Join a Facebook group. Meet your people. Love them hard. Be there for one another because they will make everything easier.

Change Your Mindset On Education

This one is imperative. I have been telling everyone I meet that homeschool doesn’t have to look like public school. Homeschool can look like whatever you want. Today my kiddos watched a science documentary on Netflix for science. Sometimes we talk about science while camping, or we learn about the history, geology, culture, etc. while somewhere new. The world is our classroom and we don’t require hours of traditional learning time.

There is so much more to learning than sitting down at a desk, table, etc. and cracking open a book. That’s what I love about homeschool. We can learn anywhere and everywhere we are.

Heck, our own backyard is a classroom. Our kids have a book on the bugs they can find in their backyard my grandma sent and yesterday they built a Mosiac lizard inspired by the Mosiac art in Spain. It doesn’t have to be complicated. You just have to change your mindset.

Organization

Get organized and get organized fast. Not every system is meant for everyone but find what works for you.

I have an insane Trello board I use for my business to organize everything from content ideas to podcasts I’ve pitched and all the client work between.

We also have a giant crate we use for the kids’ school books, pencils, crayons, etc. When we’re ready to actually sit down and do school we simply grab the box and everything is inside ready to go. There’s no running around and frankly, we all need that.

We also have a family Google Calendar. While my husband and I are the only people using it right now, we load everything into it. Schoolwork due dates, client meetings, deadlines, bills, etc. are all in one spot so we’re both on the same page for our family.

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Daily Habits

What are your daily habits that make life a little easier? For us, it means starting the day with no dishes in the sink and prepping the kids’ snacks. I’m a huge fan of making up a snack container for each kiddo. I fill up their cup with juice, water, etc. and whatever snacks they can have for the whole day. I don’t get asked “can I have a snack?” anymore. It’s beautiful.

But that one daily habit changes everything.

What daily habits do you have that could make your life a little easier? Is it planning your next day out each evening? Does it include meal planning?

Whatever it is, write it down and stick to it. Those little daily habits create harmony in your home that makes everyone wonder how you manage it all. Download my daily habits tracker so you can map your days out and stay on your A-game.

Keep Your Marriage Essential

It is so easy in the midst of working and homeschooling and volunteering and cooking and cleaning to neglect your marriage but don’t. One day the kids will move out. One day, it’ll be just you and your husband sitting on the couch staring at each other. Do you want to be strangers or a couple that grew as the years progressed?

I know couples that reached the empty-nester stage more in love than they were when they got married and I know couples who didn’t know each other from a stranger in the produce aisle. Which one do you want to be?

The beauty is, you get to decide. You get to pick which couple you’ll be.

If you decide your marriage is worth something, you make it a priority now while the kids are still home. Your marriage vows didn’t say I’ll love you and put you first until we have kids. You promised to put each other first so do it.

I believe it’s vital our kids see what a happy and healthy marriage looks like (including the disagreements).

Choose today to make your marriage a priority because when your marriage is a priority, balancing it all seems a lot easier. It’s easier to manage everything when my hubby and I are on the same page. It’s easier to balance when we’re in sync with one another. We can move with one purpose.

It’s like a dance in our home between us instead of a clumsy mess. Sometimes we steps on each other’s toes but we tend to get the steps right and it makes life a lot easier.

This probably sounds silly but it’s easy to not set an alarm. It’s really simple to let the kids grab a tablet or turn on Netflix in the AM while you sleep until 8 AM but that’s not helping anyone.

Our morning time is essential to our household success. I take a protein out of the freezer for dinner, can grab a bible study, spend time with my dogs, write an article or two for a client, etc. all before my kids wake up. I have less to do when they’re awake because I planned ahead and set the alarm.

I don’t always want to be up that early but I have to be if I want this all to work. Sometimes that means getting up at 4:30 and sometimes that means getting up at 7:30. It really depends on my workload and goals.

So what are your goals? How early do you need to be up to make your day a successful one?

Wake Up Before the Kids

Independent learning and playtime 

No one likes a helicopter parent. My husband grew up in the ’80s and ’90s and I was born in the ’90s, we didn’t have helicopter parents. I would spend all day playing with friends in the woods, riding bikes around the neighborhoods and there were no cellphones to check-in. I knew when I had to be home and everything was fine. It’s not that way for today’s kids. I for one am not a fan.

I don’t need to be the one entertaining my kids. They are perfectly capable of playing on their own. Breaking out the old imagination and doing something inventive with their time.

Learning to problem solve on their own. They don’t need me every waking moment of every day. A skill lost on many of the kids today.

Encourage your child to spend some time alone. You’ll be amazed at what they can come up with when left to their own imagination.

Be Flexible

No two days have ever looked the same in our house. This is the number one reason we homeschooled. Having a child on the spectrum, some days he just can’t handle school. It’s not going to work. We can’t force it. It doesn’t help anyone. So we skip it that day.

We take some time to head to the park, the beach, watch a movie, etc.

You have to be flexible in your approach.

It’s part of the reason I no longer schedule meetings far in advance. I never know what my tomorrow is going to look like and it’s the reason I try to get work done ahead of time.

Automate what you can in your business and work ahead. Be willing to skip school if you need to. Change up what a school day looks like. Take a break when you need it.

Some days are harder than others but some days are going to make you wonder why you didn’t do this sooner. Embrace the good days and find joy in the bad days.

Get the kids to help 

Your kids can 100% help out around the house. Find some age-appropriate chores and let them help. Our 8-year-old does his own laundry because my philosophy is if they can work a tablet, they can work a washing machine & that’s proven to be true.

Our kids help vacuum, sweep, they love doing dishes, etc. It makes them think twice before making a mess but also gives them pride in the home. They feel good when their friends come over knowing they are the reason their bedroom is vacuumed and their bed is made.

Laminate a chore chart for them and let them cross off their chores each day. They’ll end up creating good habits for life + take some household jobs off of your plate!

Balancing working from home doesn’t have to look one type of way.

The trick is to find a system that works for you. Try something and see what works until you get it right. I promise there’s a system out there for you.

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This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Crystal Green

    I have found that you’re 110% right that all of these eleven things are definitely what makes working from home and homeschooling with ease happen. I have been homeschooling and working from home in some fashion for eight years now. I’ve always said everyone has a part to play, routines, and a whole heck of a lot of love, and grace is what makes it happen for us.

    Just as a side note: I love how you break up your blog posts and use different techniques throughout it to make it easy to read. 🙂

    1. ashley price

      My gosh Crystal you are so right. Without love and grace, none of this would happen for sure. At least not successfully. I love the commitment to making it work for almost a decade!

      & thank you so much! I appreciate that a lot!

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