The journey to find a solution to our chore problem began with the attempt to incorporate a chore chart into our daily lives. We don't have uniformity in our day to day schedule, so, most charts were inflexible to meet our needs.
A regular lined chore chart.....not flexible enough
An erasable chore chart....still not flexible enough
Chore board with movable magnets.....still not flexible enough
A white board with a full days listings of what each child needs to do. They LOVED this and really enjoyed erasing each item when finished. The problem was that it was totally Mom-powered. If Mom didn't get it done the night before, it wasn't ready the next day and threw the whole day off.
Feeling frustrated I thought it would just be easier to just clean one room a day. In order to do this, I declared a "room rescue" for a specific room on a specific day.
- Monday= kitchen
- Tuesday = dining room
- Wednesday = bathroom
- Thursday = living room
- Friday = bedrooms
- Saturday = overflow/catch up
While I don't have a perfectly clean house all at once, I have peace of mind knowing that each room will get cleaned every 7 days AND my children are being trained in the ways of keeping house.
Given that each room of the house has different things to clean, I wanted a system that would instruct them but wouldn't require me to hover over them. To help keep on task, we took some inexpensive hook screws and put them in the bottom margin of our hanging corkboard. On these hooks we hang cards divided by rooms with a specific item to do. Once the item is finished, they hang it backwards on the hook.
[caption id="attachment_157" align="aligncenter" width="320"] Each room has it's own 'color' and specific cards with specific 'jobs' listed.[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_159" align="aligncenter" width="320"] Dinning room chore cards[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_158" align="aligncenter" width="320"] Up close look at present chore cards for the dinning room.[/caption]
The last card in each series is "Inspect". That's when I come in and give the final "OK".
This method has proven to be a changeable and workable method for keeping our home organized and liveable!
I'd also like to recommend the book, Beyond the Chore Chart by Kimberly Eddy.
Just click on each button below to read what Heidi of The Busy Mom, Amy of Raising Arrows, Heather of Raising Mighty Arrows, Sara of Delivering Grace, and Caroline of The Joyful Keeper had to say on this subject: