Recently I watched a few really fun and cute homemaker tag videos on youtube. I thought that they were really funny and I thought that most of the questions were good for any mom.. not just homemaker/stay at home moms. I also thought that the questions would be fun for homeschooler moms as it is interesting to see how homeschooling moms juggle household duties along with schooling children at the same time. We all know that the balancing act can get a little crazy from time to time! I enjoy watching these tags for fun and hearing the similarities to others and getting soem other good ideas on how to balance life!
1. Have you ever had anyone say anything negative to you about staying at home/ working from home?
No, at leastnot directly to me. However, I do feel feel a bit weird sometimes when other moms ask me what I do. Then when I tell them I stay at home but also homeschool they usually want some information about homeschooling in general if they do not know about it. Sometimes if someone knows about homeschool they have some type of experience with it then they will want to talk about it. I think that homeschooling actually allows others to think that i “do” something all day. When I just say im a stay at home mom I get the imporession that people think I do nothing all day. The fact is, staying home can be lots more work than going to a full time job. I guess it just depends on your own responsibilities at home or a job though?
2. What is your favorite/least favorite part of staying home(or working from home)?
My favorite part of being a stay at home mom is being able to homeschool my kids. They get to have one on one instruction and they get to try a lot of unique things because of this. Our years homeschooling in Japan were really great because we got to experience a lot more of what Japan had to offer than if we were stuck in classrooms every day. I also enjoy that we can take the same scheduled days off as my husband. This gives us time to do things as a family.
My least favorite thing about staying home is that when you are home all day there is always more to do! When you are staying home you can always find more to schedule, clean, cook, or organize! I think some days that I feel like I have done a million tasks but still have a million more I wish I could have gotten to!
3. What is your favorite/least favorite chore?
Favorite – making the beds. Beds are quick to make and it makes the room look so much more put together so quickly. So I think its a good way to make yourself feel like you have made a lot of progress!
Least – the dishes! I hate the dishes. Plus our dish washer isnt the best so you have to practically hand wash plus then wash in the dishwasher.
4. What time do you wake up/ go to bed?
It depends. We have a weird schedule right now so most days we get up at 3 or 4am. We go to bed anywhere from 9 to 12. It really
5. Do you put anything on in the background while you clean/work/cook (tv, radio, podcast, etc.)
yes – I put on kids learning podcasts sometimes when my kids are just playing and straightening up. Soemtimes we put on youtube music like cafe/coffee shop music.
6. Do you get dressed most days or stay in PJs?
Get dresses of course! However this depends on my schedule. I workout early in the morning. If I have to do sometype of cleaning that I know will get my outfit feeling gross then I will do it in my workout clothes really quick and then shower and change oafter that. So really I work out and maybe clean before I wear what I will be wearing all day.
7. How often do you do your hair and makeup?
Hair – everyday. I know its not ideal for hair but I wash my hair usually every day. Then I blow dry it a little later so it doesnt take as long to dry.
makeup – I dont do my make up every single day. i just feel like it is too much for my skin to do that. But I do put on make up on all the days that I am hanging out with my husband. But if he has a really long work day then I will just do a facial clense type of day and do a mask and lots of lotions and things like that and skip regular heavy makeup to give my skin a break.
8. What is your “trouble zone” or area in your home that needs the most help?
Laundry. I can never keep up. There is always laundry in my washer and dryer and hampers. It makes me insane!
9. How often do you find yourself getting distracted?
Sometimes I am distracted by the needs of people ni my house. So for example one of our whiteboards feel off the wall. i put it back up and it fell off again. Then while I was putting it back up my daughter asked for help with something… after that help she wanted a drink.. and then needed to have her dinner.Then she needed help with the potty. Then my son needed dinner too, then my daughter was finished with her dinner after 2 bites and needed help cleaning it up because she is only 3. by that time my husband had finished his shower and was wanting to start studying … then he saw the whiteboard down and wondered “why didnt you try to put it back up?” this type of thing is the story of my life.
10. Do you enjoy staying home or do you miss going to a job everyday?
I love staying home although going to a regular job i admit would be way less work than staying home!
11. What is your “never ending” chore?
laundry. no explanation needed. between kids, workout clothes, husbands work clothes, and just everyones regular day clothes, plus sports uniforms. omg.
12. What is your favorite way to relax or have “me” time?
I dont. lol well blogging is my me time. I like to watch youtube as me time sometimes really early in the morning while i run on the treadmill. This is silly but I also like to buy inexpensive candles and burn them during homeschool time. A scented candle kind of makes things peaceful for school time.
13. How often does your husband/significant other chip in?
He works super long hours right now and that is helpful to all of us. He is providing all these great things for us ot stay home and do homeschool. He helps with anything that I would ask but I prefer not to ask beacuse he goes to a regular job with much longer hours than your typical regular job!
14. (If you have kids) When do you find time to do chores?
I do chores while they are busy with free time or play time.. and we have an organized pick up time every day. I squeeze chores in all day or it wouldn’t get done.
15. How do you balance being a homemaker and creating Youtube content?
It is really hard. Editing is what takes too much time. If I was quick at editing then I could make tons of content but I can’t so oh well! 🙂
16. What is your favorite room in your home and why?
living room area. I like to hang out there at watch netflix with my husband on friday nights or read in there with my kids during the school week.
17. What is your least favorite room in your home and why?
the kitchen because in our temporary house that we are in right now it is pretty tiny. I love to cook and our entire family eats all 3 meals plus snacks cooked from home. or prepaired at home I should say. We do some instant stuff from time to time I am not saying I do everything that I cook from sxcratch but a lot of it is. So it is difficult to have such limited counter space. Even cutting on a cutting board is difficult because I dont really have open counter space. But its only temporary and we are making due.
18. Do you feel your home reflects your personal style? Why/why not?
nope! We have downsized just for this year. We have another move coming up so this is a temporary house for us for now.
19. What does your home smell like?
What ever food I am cooking or candle I am burning! Right now we are using a “camp fire” scented candle. It smells like a woodsy fire with sweetness of roasting marshmellows.
20. What is your strong point and weak spot when it comes to homemaking?
Strong point – I get so much done when I am focused. I love when our homeschool and house is on schedule.
Weak point – holiday breaks for school. When we are on break I feel like our house can become chaotic because it is hard to stay on task with cleaning.