Now that I’m home full-time with the kids, I’m taking advantage of working on the little details I didn’t have time for when working outside the home. And one of those things was to get Kendall into a routine with a chore chart. So I brainstormed things she could easily do on her own and be excited to do and came up with 7 quick and easy chores.
Make Bed – a made up bed makes a room look larger and of course neater.
Get Dressed – This was a giveaway since she’s really good about getting herself dressed. But I wanted to have those quick checks on the list so she feels really accomplished.
Pick Up Toys – We’re still working on getting her into a daily routine on this one but I feel it’s important for children to be able to clean up after themselves.
Brush Teeth – I’ve lucked out on this one because she likes to brush and floss. Strange, huh?!
Clear Table – Another one we’re working hard on. She gets so excited to go off and play that she forgets to clear her setting.
Put Clothes in Hamper - Before the chore chart, Kendall would throw her clothes on the floor in her room and the bathroom (2 feet from the hamper!). But now she knows exactly where dirty clothes go.
Be Kind – Not a typical chore you would see on a chart, but I want her to get into the habit of doing 1 nice gesture a day. Actually, we all can add this to our daily to-do lists and go out of way to make someone else’s life a little brighter.
Since we’ve instilled these chores and a reward system, she has taken ownership of them and gets really excited to check them off the list each day. You might notice that I’ve only included weekdays on the chart because our weekends are pretty busy and not exactly routine. I felt trying to fit these in would cause more stress than we need. Plus we all need a couple of days off a week, right?
I’m sure once school starts in a few weeks we might add / delete to our chart to include homework, etc…but for now this works well. And here’s a little tip, to be a little more “green”, laminate your chore chart so you don’t have to print a new one each week. And use a dry erase marker to check off each item they complete.
So there you have it! I hope this helps you get your household run a bit smoother and organized.