I have come up with a chore routine that is finally working! I can't tell you how happy I am. And when Mama is happy - everyone is happy! I was in desperate need of something to keep this house in order. Since I am now working in the mornings I lose valuable cleaning and organizing time and was feeling very out of sorts. I needed more help with less complaining and guilt.
I searched the internet for the perfect job charts. I looked in all my old blog archives for ideas. I couldn't find anything that was just right for us. So I took ideas from a few different places and made up my own. Here's what I did:
My kids - and I love lists. I can give them each a list and send them on their way. I don't need to be constantly after them and they know exactly what to do. OK this is in a perfect world, but it's mostly true. They just needed a more detailed list so I made two 3x5 cards for each room. One that says "Daily" and one that says "weekly" On the card I list exactly what needs to be done in that room. Example:
Bedroom - Daily
make bed - morning
fold pajamas and put away - morning
pick up clothes and toys
straighten shoes in closet
take care of books and homework
make sure all surfaces are clean - desk, dresser, nightstand
turn off lights (no one turns off any lights around here)
Bedroom - Weekly
straighten closet and drawers
wipe down dresser, desk and nightstands
I did this for each room of the house both daily and weekly
Garage - this is a weekly chore only
Flower the Cat - this is a weekly chore
Everyday I layout on the counter their jobs after school.
I give them each two or three cards.
I also give them the daily card that says:
homework, read for 20 minutes and
for Abby it says practice piano and
for Cassidy it says practice spelling.
When they first saw the cards they flipped out. "I have to do ALL THIS?!"
After I explained that is what they do anyway when they clean the bathroom etc and it should only take them 5-10 minutes they weren't mad anymore. I love how the cards are teaching them to clean effectively and efficiently without me harping on them. I have a bad habit of adding more and more and more onto the job list. This helps me stay focused and teaches them to be quick and do it right.
Are we perfect? No.
Is it working? Yes.
Do they still complain? Sometimes.
But.........we are getting to play more because I don't feel like the house isn't in order and we are working now as a "team" instead of me being the "maid" and if that isn't something positive I don't know what is.
There's hope for us yet♥
What's your chore routine? Is it working?