So as part of our plan to get more organized in 2017, we’re setting up new chore charts for the kids. We’ve tried a variety of chore systems over the last two years but none of them were sustainable for more than a month or two. The kids would lose interest or we would get too busy and chores would fall by the wayside. We’ve talked about a chore chart in the past, even bought supplies to make a couple of different ideas, but nothing ever materialized. Then I was walking through Target last weekend, looking for a paper planner to improve my blog organization. I decided to check Bullseye’s Playground (formerly known as See Spot Save or The One Spot) because they often have cheap organization supplies there this time of year.
This is a great chore chart for one kid, but at just $3 it’s affordable enough to buy one for each child. Finding four was a little bit of work and meant hitting up more than one Target since they come in an assortment with a few other styles of menu boards and wall calendar boards. Still most other chore charts that I’ve seen are more than $10 a piece, so the work was worth it.
Now to decide what chores go on each chore chart. We’ve all seen those lists of age appropriate chores on Pinterest and I’ve pulled from them in the past, but the chores on those lists aren’t always things I need done every day, or are things that we have to make a special time to do each day. I think that was part of the reason our chore efforts faltered in the past. This time we tried to concentrate on things that need to be done every day to keep things running smoothly. Most of these revolve around mealtimes, with the exception of laundry.
Rewards for getting all the chores done is always tricky. We’ve implemented allowance in the past of fifty cents per year of age, but Mr J has proposed that we should give them the option of a small prize each week instead of the allowance. The bigger kids like the concept of having money of their own, but aren’t really into spending it and we have a large bin of cheap prizes left over from past reward systems. So that’s the plan, full allowance for a completed chore chart or a prize of comparable value. Percentages of allowance will also be given out for partial completion.
I needed a way for each kid to know which chore chart was theirs and not all of my kids are readers yet, so I decided on a colored border chosen by each child.
I didn’t use the chalk that came with them for writing out the chores. Fat chalk is nice for checking off the chores but chalk pencils make the words easier to read. I used these General’s pencils but I bought mine at the local Hobby Lobby.
You can see that some chores only get done by this child on certain days (the circled ones).
We hung all four charts in a row, in age order, on the dining room wall. They are low enough that the adults can mark chores off, but not so low that they will get bumped or leaned on.
We still need to add a ledge or chalk holder and we’ve discussed adding a “bonus board” once we get into the hang of chores. Our “bonus board” would have additional chores that could be done for immediate reward and the reward that each chore would be worth.
Do you use a chore chart? How does it work for your family? Let me know in the comments.