My Family Chore Chart – 2015

Homeschool Chore Cart

I Never Thought I Needed A Family Chore Chart

I’ve never really felt the need to have a Family Chore Chart before. The kids were brought up with chore time from an early age and I usually just rope who ever is around and we get on with the job. My children did have a few assigned job and since that didn’t change much so I saw no reason for a family chore chart.

However Some Kids Never Seem To Be Around Anymore

Now we have 4 teenagers in the home, who have university, independent social lives and paid jobs. And I’m finding it harder to co-ordinate the chores around the home fairly. It seems some of my kids “never have time” to do the jobs when I “spring” it on them just before they are about to go out. So this year after looking enviously over a friends very successful chore chart I made my own. I started this not to get them to clean their room (so I could see the floor) but to make sure the jobs that make the house run are done. It’s only a nice board up in the laundry at the moment – but it’s all ready to go. I’ve scheduled their jobs to suit their other commitments but I need them to see that they can’t slack off just because they have other responsibilities of their own. The consequences for not doing their jobs will be financial. That will motivated them as cash is king especially for the older ones.

Making The Family Chore Chart

If you are looking for inspiration there are many family chore charts on Pinterest. Mine is only a basic list jobs and I am leaving them to plan their own work. I split the jobs into:

  • Daily – for me that was mainly who will help prepare the dinner (and eventually make the whole dinner) and who will clean up after dinner.
  • Weekly Jobs – Each week they have a set task that never really varies. These are things like clean bathrooms, vacuuming, and emptying the dishwasher. We rotate about once a year.
  • Monthly Jobs – I made a list of jobs to do around the house that need to be done once a month. I split that evenly over four weeks and made cards for them.
  • I made four cards per month so that each child could have one extra job that week.

Family Chore Chart

  • I laminated each card and put them in CD envelopes and pinned the envelopes to the board with tacks and sticky Velcro dots. Each week we will work through a different set of cards over a four-week rotation.

Family Chore chart cards

I bought the cheap cork/white board at Kmart for $12.00 and some pretty magnets. I had the rest of the supplies so it was very cheap to do. I’m planning on using the whiteboard marker to add jobs that need doing that aren’t on my list. Family chore chart Let’s hope it goes well! All the kids have agreed to follow it.

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Comments

  1. Angie Tester  November 26, 2015

    Hi Michelle,
    Wondering if you could comment on his this chore chart worked out this year? Good to keep some accountability as the children get older and busier. Thankyou!

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    • Michelle  December 7, 2015

      Well we did use it well for about six months. The wagon falls off during busy times. However because I labelled all the jobs it is good for getting the cards and dealing them out for a big clean.

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  2. Kate  January 14, 2015

    Hi Michelle, you are a lifesaver with this timely post! This week I am getting organised for homeschooling to the commence and one thing on my list was to revisit sharing of tasks in the house. Like you I have encouraged and expected everyone to pitch in when something needs doing, occasionally using structured systems but always feeling they were not effectively being followed by all. I have been scratching my head this week about where to go with it and there you were! I love that it is simple but clear and as we are all visual people here I see it being a good solution. I am just wondering if I may see your weekly/ daily chart to see how you have put it together. Enlarging on the screen here blurs it too much. Thanks again for sharing.

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    • Michelle  January 19, 2015

      The chores are simple on the weekly chart they include unpacking the dishwasher, vacuuming, cleaning bathrooms and showers. The monthly chores are things like washing windows, cleaning kitchen cupboards, dusting rotations around the home. They are quite specific to my home and will change as needed.

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