CHORE SYSTEMS THAT KEEP MOM SANE
Updated: Aug 13, 2020
I have always believed kids should learn to clean up after themselves and take part in the household chores and responsibilities from a young age.
I appreciate the advice this site ⤵ gives for age appropriate chores:
Learning how to do chores is helpful for them so they can learn this important skill early on, and it's helpful for us as parents to not have to clean up after them (well that's inevitable, but at least it limits the amount of cleanup!)
One part of my personality that I have really appreciated over the years of raising our children is my need to be scheduled and organized. When I have a good balance of
>a great, inspired idea,
>the motivation to carry it out, and
>putting my chart and schedule making abilities to the task,
I've been able to turn out some pretty useful tools for our family. I am excited to share what has worked so well for our family!
One of the saving graces of my sanity as a mother, is the...
🍽 Dinner Chore Wheel
We've been using the same design and chores on a hand made, thrown together wheel since our youngest was about 3.
There are 6 dinner chores, one for each person:
1️⃣ Dinner Helper: Helps with dinner preparation or makes dinner for the family depending on skill level of cooking. Sets table. My 7 year old son loves this chore, and my teen girls are kind of liking the option of choosing what to make for the family.
2️⃣ Clear and Wipe Table: This person puts all the leftover food in containers and takes the dirty dishes to the sink. Everyone takes their own dish to the sink so they do not have to worry about that. They clean and put place mats, salt and pepper and condiments away, and wipe down the table.
3️⃣ Wash Dishes: This person loads the dishes from dinner and throughout the day into the dishwasher and washes the larger pots and pans.
4️⃣ Pick up Floor: This person picks up everything on the floor and puts it away in both the kitchen and adjoining living room. It's a great way to keep the main living area tidy, and a good reset for the next day.
5️⃣ Sweep Floor: This person sweeps or vacuums the kitchen floor and spot mops if needed.
6️⃣ Clear and Wipe Counters: I am so grateful for this chore! With 6 people in the home, the counter becomes the gathering place for anything and everything throughout the day. Some of my kids are still learning how to not leave trails everywhere they go, so there's often spilled jam or bread crumbs (or some other clue a kid was there) on the counter. This person clears everything off and either puts it away or asks the owner to put their belongings away and wipes all the counters.
I feel so grateful for my family every time we do dinner chores together. It literally only takes 2-10 minutes to tidy up the main living area when everyone is working together.
I also don't know what I would do without our
🚽 Weekly Chore System 🧹
Here's how it works: