After having the same chore time method for a year, we were tired of it. I recently read Mrs. Clean Jeans book on Housekeeping with Kids, and she shared her system which I used as a template for ours. It’s been working great this week.
I wrote out all the daily and weekly housekeeping chores that need to be done – including the parent’s like pay bills, go to work, etc. That’s an important part because since I did most of the cleaning and errands after they were at school, they complained that I didn’t do many chores. And each family member got a spot on the chore chart including Mom and Dad.
I split the chore list into daily and weekly chores. Then we went around the circle and everyone got to pick daily chores until they were gone. Then we went around the circle and picked weekly chores until they were gone.
Mrs. Clean Jeans recommends having the amount of chores be their age divided by two – rounded up if need be. So a 13 year old would get 7 chores on the list.
The list would look something like this:
laundry [ ] [ ] [ ] [ ] [ ]
set table [ ] [ ] [ ] [ ] [ ]
sweep [ ] [ ] [ ] [ ] [ ]
clip coupons [ ]
mop kitchen [ ]
sweep porch [ ]
vacuum [ ]
clear table [ ] [ ] [ ] [ ] [ ]
The ones with 5 brackets are the daily chores, and the ones with one bracket are weekly chores. I only put 5 brackets because I know many times we can’t get all the daily chores in. I didn’t want to be perfectionistic about it.
Rules: complain, don’t do all your chores or do them very badly and you get an extra chore the next week. (including the parents!)
Chores do not include things like making your bed, doing your homework, picking up after yourself, since those are things everyone needs to do. And I thought dishes for a whole week was a bit much for one person (we don’t own a dishwasher), so the kids alternate washing and drying and on Sunday Jeff or I do the dishes.
Our chores need to be complete by 5:00 Saturday.
Here’s the book: