How to get housework done in the school holidays

Getting the housework done during the school holidays is one of those things we think is almost impossible. As a stay-at-home mum, with kids who are usually at school, you get the housework done most days. But when they’re home? Not so much. The dishes pile up. The washing mountain is looking more like Everest every day. And dust coats just about every surface. 

Add to that the fact that you’re looking forward to one or two lie-ins, or giving up the usual morning routine for a more relaxed one, and the housework ends up being last on your list. 

But getting the housework done during the school holidays isn’t as impossible as we first think. If you just set yourself targets… 





I'M A HOUSEWIFE: I SPEND FAR MORE TIME ON HOUSEWORK THAN ANYTHING ELSE. 

Annie Dillard 





During the school holidays your days start with making yourself get out of bed to make breakfast for everyone, resenting the fact that you didn't get your lie in. Making breakfast results in mess, plates and dishes to clean and food to put away. The daily trudge begins and you're just not ready for it. 

But can I give you a tip? 



Do the housework in the school holidays 


It sucks sometimes, I know. Getting up in a morning and realising you’ve got a ton of work to do before you can even think about the day’s activities. But rather than leaving it for the end of the day, or even for tomorrow, why not just get on with it?



How To Get Housework Done In The School Holidays | Fold the laundry, do the ironing. Just get on with it.
Get the laundry folded. Get the ironing done. And then it's done!



There's nothing worse than entering a kitchen to find messy counter tops and dirty dinner plates everywhere. With five minutes of cleaning when breakfast is over you’ll save yourself doing an hour of tidying later. 

I have been known to leave dishes on the counter tops. They mount up until I have to put the dishwasher on twice before having it all done and even then I have to spend ages washing pans that won't fit into the dishwasher. Sometimes I really don't want to do the housework. 

But do you know what always happens? I hate myself when I leave them because it's more work. It uses up time I could be using on self-care, or even spending time with my boys (given that it's the holidays!). 

Doing the housework little and often during the holidays will result in a tidier home and a happier you. You won't have to spend hours cleaning and you have more time for yourself AND your kids. Try making a shorter to-do list that you can use to check things off as you go. 



Don't ease up on the kids in the school holidays 


It may be the school holidays but that doesn't mean you should let them get away with not doing their chores. In fact it's more important they do them during the holidays than when they're at school. You have to do chores daily, no matter what's going on, so they should too. 



How To Get Housework Done In The School Holidays | Get the kids involved in doing the housework and you'll win!
Older kids can tackle the vacuuming no problem. 



There's plenty of time for playing their games during the holidays, but if you also let them off with the chores there's more work for YOU and that's not fair. The holidays are for spending time together, not for them to watch you do their chores. 





WHEN IT COMES TO HOUSEWORK THE ONE THING NO BOOK OF HOUSEHOLD MANAGEMENT CAN EVER TELL YOU IS HOW TO BEGIN. OR MAYBE I MEAN WHY.

Katharine Whitehorn 





You could rope them all in to get the housework done in the school holidays. Your youngest can help you load the washing machine or the dryer while your eldest does the vacuuming. Tidying bedrooms could be done before they even go downstairs in a morning. And the Hubby? Well he can do the dishes of course! 

You could even try making the game-playing a reward for doing chores. If chores aren’t done there’s no time for playing video games

During the school holidays my boys' gaming time is dependent on them completing their chores. If chores aren't done there's no game time, and although they complain when they can't play they know why. 



Get the housework done and there’s no pressure


The most important thing during the school holidays though is to give yourself a break



How To Get Housework Done In The School Holidays | By being organised you'll still have time to relax and play with your kids!
Spend time playing with your kids, and enjoy the holidays!



It's not only a chance for your kids to get away from school but it's also a chance for you to have a holiday too. Yes, there’s still housework to do but it's not essential to have the house looking pristine before you step out of the door. 



How To Get Housework Done In The School Holidays | Get into a routine, and keep it going...



Give the kitchen a quick tidy in a morning and leave it at that. Your kids want to see you having fun too, so let go of the day-to-day pressures and enjoy time off



WHAT TIPS WOULD YOU GIVE TO HELP OTHERS GET THEIR HOUSEWORK DONE DURING THE HOLIDAYS?




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25 comments

  1. These holidays I've got the kids doing more. If they want screen time, they have to do chores (jobs as the four year old calls them). To my surprise it has worked very well indeed!

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    1. I think getting them into it young is the key! My two can be terrible sometimes but once I turn into Evil Mum they do as they're told! ;)
      Thanks for stopping by John. x

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  2. Anonymous19:41

    I am starting to teach my 6 year old son to help me tidy the table after eating. I work as a cleaner too and he goes with me and he helps me there too. At first I thought its not good for him to spend time with me clean but I I thin kits nice too that he can see how I earn money. Lovely tips here as always =) #pocolo

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    1. You are totally right Merlinda. I think it's important to let children see how we earn money and I also think it's good that you're getting him to help with the cleaning.
      Thanks xx

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  3. I find less resistance to helping if it becomes part of a routine. They know that the dishwasher needs emptying after meals, so they do it. I like your idea of connecting screen time to chores. Neat. #PoCoLo

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    1. Thanks Cheryl. I never thought of getting them to empty the dishwasher... That's definitely going on their list. Thanks. x

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  4. After speed cleaning and realising I probably need to warm up now before going from stationary to tidying I'm not sure about this tidying thing. #PoCoLo

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    1. Haha, I'm totally with you hun! xx

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  5. No pressure is the most important one for me. I kind of can't let it go, and sometimes you need to know that it's okay. #PoCoLo

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    1. Totally agree. Yes, it needs doing at some point but really it's not the end of the world if it doesn't get done. xx

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  6. Not having a child at home and working 5 mornings a week I feel this battle constantly. But where there is a will there is a way. #pocolo

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  7. I am not very good at letting things go at any time but with two teens in the house I do make sure they are working to earn their allowance over the holidays. I do have an advantage in that they don't tend to get up very early either so have time to sort myself out before they surface. #PoCoLo

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    1. It might sound odd but I'm looking forward to this! Having time to myself in a morning is such a blessing, I wish it happened more often. :)

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  8. Great tips Morgan - hope you had a fab break with your boys #PoCoLo x

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    1. Thanks Steph. We really did, lots of activities and family time. :)

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  9. my 18 has been at home for the past month on school holidays, home is currently a 1 bed flat, so keep it tidy and clean or we can't survive, especially when hubby joined us for a week, i've hardly done a thing, the teen has had it all covered, all i've had to do is shop, cook and do the washing, it's been bliss, great team work

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    1. I'm hoping this is what BP will end up doing when he's older. It would be lovely to have some help. :) Glad you had such a good time Suzanne. x

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  10. Great tips Morgan. I hate having to do the housework in Summer holidays as the kids are on the go all the time and it really does wear me out! Thanks for linking up to The Wednesday Blog Hop. Hope you can join me tomorrow :)

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    1. I hear ya Claire! It can be a pain can't it? :)

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  11. When my kids were younger, they each had their own chores to do. It helped me around the house and gave them a sense of accomplishment too.

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  12. As a home educator I find it so hard to find the right balance of educating, housework and trying to make some money. Nowadays I have an adult son living with my brother and I am amazed to hear how he is helping keep things clean as he did not do so here. My daughter often offers to help and I should take her up on that and will when we move house soon. #PoCoLo

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  13. I've just spent the majority of my day today cleaning and catching up on chores/housework - I'm exhausted! I can't imagine trying to fit all the housework in around kids as well, so a big well done to you! #pocolo

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  14. My kids had their chores during school times as well as holidays and they weren't expected to do any more. The only request I would have was they stayed out my way so i could clean and at certain times I closed the kitchen to them to stop them from making any more mess rather than battling to find out who made the mess and get them to clean it up #pocolo

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