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Chore Organization Made Easy

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Make chore organization easy. The easier it is, the better the chance that you will regularly put your plan into action. Consistency is key–children need consistency to develop the good habit of completing their chores regularly. Every good plan should have flexibility, though. Enter my simple “chore”ganzization plan. It’s easy to implement, easy to understand, and easy to adapt to your family’s growing and changing needs. Most importantly, it’s kid friendly. Your children are bound to give it a great big thumbs up!

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Chore Organization Plan of Action

Chore organization doesn’t have to be a chore. And, moms, don’t feel as if you have to shoulder all of the responsibility of organizing the household chores. Sit down with your children and talk about the necessity of chores. Yes, even adults have to do chores. Feel free to share your dislike of doing your chores–your honesty goes a long way with children. Brainstorm a list of all regular chores. Ask for volunteers first, encouraging your kids to choose their preferences. One child may prefer kitchen type chores, while another more active child may get practically giddy just thinking about outside chores. By tapping into your kid’s strengths and interests, a chore becomes a little less of a chore. Now, assign any chores that weren’t chosen, and write down each child’s list of chores for the week. Gather supplies (Staples or Amazon have great prices) and start “chore”-ganizing.

Supplies Needed

  • A different colored set of index cards per child
  • 1 Metal book ring, carbiner ring or large clip for each child
  • Permanent marker
  • Hole punch
  • A set of white index cards per child for personal grooming tasks (optional)
  • Clear contact paper for durability (optional)
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Multicolor set of lined index cards available at Staples

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12 pack of metal book rings also available at Staples

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Red carbiner ring

 

Instructions

Let you children choose their chore-ganization card color, or just assign colors. Let’s say, for example, that child A chooses blue. Using a black permanent marker, print each chore name onto individual blue cards. Underneath, print the weekday abbreviations M, T, W, Th, F, S, Su. Leave enough space between them so your child can circle (in pencil) each day they complete the chore. Feel free to add short notes on the bottom of the cards.  Notes can highlight specific instructions or  how often the chore needs to be completed.  Add a fun sticker, just because.

Now, punch a hole in the top corner of each blue card, and slip them all onto a metal book ring or carbiner clip. Kids can hang their “chore-ganization” cards on a wall hook next to their desk, nightstand, or next to their bedroom door–this is the perfect location, because kids will see their chore cards every morning as they leave their rooms and head to the kitchen for a hearty breakfast. And, moms don’t have to utter a single word. Now, that’s a plan!

Do you children frequently forget to brush their teeth? Add white, personal grooming cards. Your kid’s teeth will gleam and your dentist might just hug you!

Tips for Flexibility

I love a plan with flexibility! Everybody needs flexibility, especially children and busy moms. So, let’s add a little bit of flexibility to this chore organization plan. Offer your kids the opportunity to swap chores with siblings, at any time, during the week, as long as both children are agreeable. Let them swap individual chores or the whole kit and caboodle and swap back again. Or, encourage them to come to you if they have trouble completing any of their chores. Let them know that you are always open to discussion. Perhaps you and your child may decide to omit a particular chore and replace it with a different one.

Now, as the seasons change, weather changes. Is snow in the forecast? No worries. Add a shovel snow chore organization card onto one of your kiddo’s rings. This could be a bonus chore. Bonus chores could be worth a little cash or some other reward. You may not believe how quickly your children shout, “Pick me, pick me!” And, that snow…never stood a chance!

Tips for Review

Gather together on Saturday evening or Sunday afternoon, and ask your kids to share their experiences. Did this plan work well? Were there any glitches? Encourage any and all feedback. Then, work out any troubles and start the process all over again for next week. Kids may wish to keep their current chore organization cards, swap, or exchange one or two. It’s all good!

Tips for Success

  • Cover all cards with clear contact paper for durability.
  • Make a master set for yourself, for reference, just in case.

Happy “chore”-ganization 🙂 !

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Karen Doll

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