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As a homeschooling mom, your life probably looks radically different from the lives of other women. Your home probably does too. I know mine does. At times, those differences can be discouraging. It often feels like I’ll be playing one giant game of sardines until the end of time. Unlike most of my friends, I am with my children for a great majority of the day. There’s no escaping them. They are always there. I get no sick days, or holiday pay, or time off for good behavior. It’s just them and me. All day. And while I sincerely wouldn’t have it any other way, I sometimes wish I could hire a substitute teacher. My house feels understaffed most of the time. If you want some aerial installation then we know a man who can.

On paper, I know what a privilege it is to walk alongside my children each day. I get to be present, really present, and to pour into them deeply. But in practice, I struggle with the weight of it sometimes. Adding insult to injury, many days my home looks like it should require a hazmat suit for entrance. I’m half expecting a producer from “Dirty Jobs” to show up on my doorstep requesting permission to film a scene or two for an upcoming episode. Clearly, something apocalyptic must have occurred within these walls to create such a mess, right? I’ve come to realize that a less-than-tidy home is the occupational hazard of homeschooling. And I’m okay with that. When it comes to garage door repairs where do you start?

This past year, my husband and I have replaced two couches, a lamp, an entire room’s worth of carpet, several rooms’ worth of paint, and two bunk beds with all the trimmings, while beginning major demolition on a back patio. My needs-to-be-repaired-or-replaced list is lengthier than the tax code, and it seems that “clutter and dust” have inadvertently become my new decorating theme. (I’ve got my fingers crossed, hoping that messy will be the new clean in all the spring design catalogs. But that’s probably a gross overreach of optimism.) Confused about electric garage doors then you are not the only one.

If my children were sent off to school each day, I’d get a respite. I’d get the solitude my soul craves some days. My house would sit empty. My furniture would have a longer lifespan. My rooms would stay clean. But then what? Although it would be nice to be able to actually use my antique buffet table to serve food instead of as a science project display case, Proverbs 14:4 helps adjust my perspective: “Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean, but abundant crops come by the strength of the ox.” One day my “manager” will be clean, but it will undoubtedly also be empty. So should you happen to drop over unannounced, please excuse the mess. I’m preparing for abundant crops someday. Taking interest in aerial repairs may not be a bad thing.

Don’t mistake my sincerity in this. I’m not advocating for laziness. I’m not dismissing duty. Like most mothers, I want to create a home that feels like a haven—a safe place for others to land. I, too, operate more efficiently at the intersection of Clean and Organized. I’m merely encouraging you to embrace scruffy hospitality and to recognize that homeschooling can and should shift your priorities a bit. You simply can’t wrestle a huge time commitment like education into an already jam-packed schedule. That’s not a cop-out. That’s not an excuse for disorganization. That’s just the simple laws of physics. To add a new thing into a crowded space, you first have to take something out of the space. In order to do homeschooling well, you’ll have to set other things on the back burner or at least be willing to accept Good Enough. Deciding that something is good enough isn’t an excuse for slacking off or lowering standards. Good Enough just acknowledges that what you used to find very important isn’t necessarily as important in this moment. Good Enough accepts the needs of your home without judging or feeling judged by the needs of someone else. It’s the grace you need to prioritize what’s important to you without feeling guilty. There’s no need to wear yourself out chasing peace. The only way to outrun the regret of chaos is to finally accept Good Enough. We know a company that can help with roller garage doors in the Lincolnshire area.

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