The minute our home becomes messy we look around for a reason. What is it that isn't working well in our home? As we look through the house trying to find magic solutions, we question what we can change to keep our home in order. More often than not we decide that everyone in the house is not pulling their fair share of the work. In order to make that happen, we can often look to some sort of a chart outlining each individual's responsibilities for the house.
Chore charts can actually be very effective at keeping track of responsibilities and assigning rewards and punishments. But don't feel like you have to reinvent the wheel to have a successful chore chart. Even the most simple to set up charts can help our children be more responsible with their chores.
1. Free Printable Chore Charts.
Many chore charts will allow you to customize the number of squares, graphics, and text. Try these sites for a great selection of free printable chore charts.
These chore charts are simple and easy to use.
Printable chore charts are super cost effective.
It is easy to personalize these types of charts.
You can easily post printables wherever it is most needed.
Not very long lasting.
Not ideal for non-readers.
2. Box System
This system uses index cards and recipe boxes. Similar to the SHE sytem for sidetracked home executives.
Parents set up the cards for their children. Kids check the cards daily and execute the chores, activities, etc.
Fairly easy to set up.
Can help organize more than just chores.
More effort involved on a daily basis.
Not suited for young children.
3. Shoe Organizer
Set the system up using an over the door pocket shoe organizer and index cards made out with chore names.
Give each person their own labeled row on the shoe organizer. Label the 4 vertical columns of the organizer as, chores, activities, extra credit, and completed. Place the tasks in the appropriate slots, allow the kids to move their completed cards to the final spot on your chore chart.
Can be used with small children(picture cards).
Works well with older children too.
Can be hidden from view.
Not very personalized.
Some pre setup is required.
The traditional idea of making a list of things to do for everyone in the house may not be flashy, but it's also extremely simple to set up. . Use a sheet of paper to list everyone and their chores for the week. Post on the refrigerator or other suitable location. People can initial, cross of or otherwise indicate when they have completed their chores.
Easy to set up and use.
Very cost effective.
Can be boring.
Not suited for younger children.
5. Flowers in the Flower Pot
This is a really cute idea that allows a child to become involved in setting up a chore system.
The idea can be modified to whatever theme they can think of.
Involves the children.
Easily adapted to young and older children.
Same principle can be used with things other than flowers. (ie. Bees in a hive. Vegetables in pots, fish in a tank. Birds in a cage.
More involved process of setting up.
Whether you have very young children, teenagers, or a mixture of both, chore charts can be customized to fit the needs of your family. Try a variety of methods until you find the best one for your home. If a chart doesn't work or has issues that make it difficult to stick to, try something else. Dont' forget that the main goals with a chore chart are keeping a neater home, and teaching responsibility and cleaning skills to our family. While the work may be tough, the payoff is extremely rewarding.