I am wondering how folks here find a balance between homeschooling, activities, and keeping up with the household chores. We are here so much more these days that the house shows it. Unfortunately the lived in (read cluttered) look is trying the patience of everyone, especially my hubby. Our kids do fairly traditional schooling (text books with assignments for day or week). They do some out of the home activities like clubs, scouting and catechism class. I work out of the home 2 long days. DH works out of home 5 days, on shiftwork. It seems like there isn't a great way to keep up, let alone get ahead. Most folks I know irl don't quite get it because a) they don't homeschool so they don't understand homeschooling and what it means as far as commitment b) most don't have anyone in there house except dinner and sleeping. My kids are capable and can be very directed on some things. At one point while I was working full time and they were still in a school, we would have a full on cleaning day. It was miserable! I don't want to have that much discord in the home again, so really need to find a different way. I finally feel like the school stuff has hit a groove that works, now onto the other stuff.
How do you keep up? How do you get ahead? Any resources that are helpful?