When your home is also your children’s school, the idea of moving takes on a more terrifying slant than normal. Not only are you uprooting your entire lives and all the usual hassle that goes with that, but you’re also in danger of disrupting an educational program for your kids. It is stressful to say the least.
But one of the blessings of homeschooling is that it is flexible, and you have the opportunity to incorporate teaching life skills. While there are plenty of tips to sell your house, how do you keep your family functioning and sane during the process? How can you have viewings every few days if you’re trying to run school? How can you juggle trying to get the house presentable to a prospective buyer when you’re always in it making a mess with your kids? It’s not like you have the option of spending a day blitzing the place and then showing your house off at its best while the kids are at school. So how do you handle it?
Involve Your Children In The Process
Don’t carry the burden alone–involve your kids in cleaning and “staging” the house. If you have older kids, especially girls, they may have a lot of fun with this! They can also practice prioritizing tasks prior to a viewing, teaching them invaluable life and independence skills at the same time.
Talk to your kids about the buying/selling process. Let them help you do the math to calculate interest and payments. There’s also plenty of language lessons too, thanks to the legal vocabulary of moving. Studying the finer points of contracts might be a little too advanced, but grasping the legal process of escrow and the points of sale should be possible.
Finally, there is application everywhere if you are willing to look for it. Start a Bible discussion about events that involved moving house. In Genesis, Jacob helped move his family to Egypt due to a famine. And God called Abraham to take a journey of faith to a new land. And of course, generations later, the Israelites began their epic relocation to the promised land. Talk as a family about why you are moving. Is God leading you to a new area or job? Are you downsizing to save money or expanding so you can increase in hospitality? Pray about what God may have store for your family in this next season and chapter of life.
Arrange Time Away During Viewings
The most obvious solution when it comes to arranging viewings for your home is to take your children someplace else when they happen. An open house can be a great way of booking many viewings in a short space of time. Plus, you have a minimal level of disruption.
Task your children with ensuring that their workspaces are clear, their belongings organized, and the house as presentable as possible. If you are there for viewings, then just explain to prospective buyers that you homeschool – anyone with any sense is going to understand the unique challenge that presents.
If you can, have a trusted friend or adult (or if they are old enough to be on their own) take your children to a workspace like the library. Oftentimes you can even reserve a quiet study room complete with a white board. During a move, you should keep backpacks on hand and well-supplied. Also, let your kids read or do their studies outside if the weather is nice. Who could complain about that?
If you are moving during your school year, consider taking a short break while you unpack. Let you and your kids focus on getting settled. If you need to keep school going, keep those well-stocked backpacks handy and go somewhere less chaotic like the library. Or quickly unpack your school room or kitchen so the kids can have an organized space to focus and learn.
To make unpacking easy and efficient, take the time to label your boxes well so you can quickly find any supplies or books that you need! This way, you can unpack the important boxes and leave the rest for when you have more time. Otherwise you make a huge mess rummaging through box after box in search of that one needed item.
Remember that flexibility is one of the attractive qualities of homeschooling. So do your best to stay consistent, but remember that life happens. There would be just as many stressors, challenges, and headaches if your children had to start at a new public school. Take it one day at a time. And don’t forget to breathe!