Or - "How can I clean it when you don't go away?!"...
Hi...Sit down a minute, uh...let me move that stack of clean laundry, there...now, would you like a cup of tea? No, really, it'll just take me a minute to wash a couple mugs...
"I love my dust. It shows I had something better to do." -Anonymous
Did you ever notice that the people's houses that seem to be neat and clean are the ones where there is no one home most of the time? (Or someone's in heavy therapy for a really deep dirt phobia...LOL)
You may also have noticed, in your worldly travels, that busy offices usually have a paid custodial crew that comes in after hours and erases all the evidence of the daily activities (dust, hairballs, crumpled paper, shredded papers, broken pencils, coffee cup rings, forgotten cookie halves and the like). Leaving the place in basically the same clean shape every morning, ready to do it all over again.
When you choose to homeschool, you are choosing...dare I say it... mess... yup, there's no other term for it... Not only are you all likely to be at home a lot of the time, but you are also likely to be very busy doing other things than studying the contrast between a freshly dusted endtable and one that has been participating in an ongoing research project in dust accumulation. (Although that could constitute an interesting unit study, don't you think?)
Few of us who take on this educational option have the means to afford a live-in maid, or even a monthly service, so we have to find the time to pick up after ourselves. That sounds very good, doesn't it? "Pick - up - after - ourselves." Ah, the many times my dear departed Mother would say something like that. Why, I can almost hear her now,..."When will you ever learn to pick up after yourself?!"...oh, ...wait...that was me! Oh no! I've become my mother!!
And guess what...something else she said keeps coming back to me - "Just wait till you have kids...*then* you'll understand!" As usual, Mom was right.
Now, I'd better go put a load of laundry in so my concience won't be digging at me while I'm sitting here... Oh, and thanks so much for rinsing out your cup!