The other side of Youtube vs. Reality

I am proof that you don’t have to have the instagram-worthy homeschool space to actually do it. Work with what you’ve got. Be thankful. Don’t compare yourself to all the other youtubers and instagramers out there and start feeling discontent. This video is more for me than anyone else because I need to tell myself this. So, because I’m not that great at organizing my homeschool stuff yet (workin’ on it tho!), I’m just going to make fun of myself. Many families homeschool without a designated homeschool room. Their living rooms, kitchens, bedrooms become the storage of supplies or the center of learning and that’s okay. We can do this. If you feel like you’re homeschooling space is like mine right now share some love in the comments and share this video with another mom if you think it would give her a chuckle.

That’s what I wrote in the caption of the latest video I put online. I LOVE watching homeschoolers on youtube. I find them inspiring and I do get some great ideas from them and encouragement. But there’s a population of homeschool families not represented on youtube (or if there are I have not found them yet). They are the ones like me, the ones who are pretty disorganized, deal with clutter, and still make it all work somehow. I’m not advocating that it is or isn’t okay to have clutter and be a mess. For me, it’s something I want to get better at and experience growth in. But, still… for most of us our homeschool space isn’t instagram worthy.

I just wanted to write a little note to say hi, I get you, I know we’re not alone. I don’t like my clutter or messes at all and I’m doing what I can to change them. But I definitely don’t have the ability, resources, or the right kind of house to make my space look like that youtube tour I just watched. I have to tell myself that’s okay! I can get creative with my storage solutions and I have to tell myself that I need to be okay with things not being perfect (not even close to being perfect).

I easily get crabby when I feel frustrated about my messy spaces and when I feel like I can’t do anything about it right then and there. That’s a real problem I also need to work on…just letting things go and not letting them bother me so much. I still have to school, still have to mom, still have to make meals etc… and I’m hopeful that when my heart is in the right place and I can make the time that those messy spaces will get tackled. But I can’t do it all at once. And I can’t afford a new house with a giant homeschool room or a bunch of new wall units from a store. I need to work with what I have.

So, let’s try to be content together, friends. I would LOVE to see the real, raw, unkempt homeschool space you have.

We can easily hyperfocus on the end result we are shooting for and lose perspective in the process. I have an end goal in sight but right now I’m in the middle of the process. Being in process is being in process, it’s not being in the end goal. So, I’m saying to myself, ‘Self, stop beating yourself up about still being in process. That’s just your reality right now.’


Where do you struggle with keeping order? Does it bother you or not and why? I would love to know. I have some fun and exciting things coming up I’m looking forward to sharing with you. I think I’m kind of on a room by room journey to get my house in order. Right now I’ve been focusing on the living room and kitchen (aka my homeschool space! LOL) but there are other areas affected by the living room that need some attention now too. Stay tuned for more blog posts about this!

And if you haven’t yet, head over to youtube and take a look at my homeschool space.

Published by Jessica

Wife, mom, homeschooler, DIY-er, blogger

2 thoughts on “The other side of Youtube vs. Reality

  1. this made me laugh/feel happy. I used to teach in a Montessori school and we were OBSESSED with order and my room was perfect and beautiful….. it was also a whole (big) room designated for the purpose, plus a personal assistant, helping to keep it that way. And all we had to focus on during the school day was the kids. So different now at home!

    I’m not officially homeschooling but we are obviously home and in a very small house, and every moment is education! I will try to post some pictures I took of my space, that made me laugh (you know, between the options of laughing or crying I tried to choose to laugh :-D). Anyway it is usually a wreck here. Thanks for posting this!

    1. Haha yes exactly how I felt. I can either cry because of how frustrating this is or just accept it and laugh about it.
      Doesn’t mean we can’t do what we can to obtain order but it definitely is totally unrealistic to compare a homeschooling space to a classroom! Because it’s your home too! Haha!! LOVE your comment SO much 😀 Thanks for reading/watching and commenting. Feel free to share it with anyone else you think could relate 😛 😀 ❤

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