I have spent the last few months trying my hardest to come up with a chore chart for my kids. I found multiple charts through Pinterest, some really excellent ones might I add, and even some free printable charts. Heck I even have a printable chore chart on my blog! (Somewhere, lol). However, none of them help the organization and the key to chores that I was wanting to find. Finally, yesterday it hit me...a FAMILY chore chart. Who says chores need to be done and rewarded by kids only? Of course moms and dads do a HUGE amount of work around the house, but we never get a reward, and sometimes I don't think our kids really see just how much we do around the house. So I came up with this little system here:
As you can see I put all kinds of chores on there. I went through my cleaning routines in my house and wrote down all the chores that we do. I didn't include things like: "get dressed" "brush teeth" "play nicely" because those things are to be expected of my family members, but you can always add those to yours for your little ones. Anyways, having the "hard" chores on there not only shows the kids how much mommy and daddy do around the house, but it also gives kids a chance to TRY, and parents a chance to TEACH their children how to accomplish that chore on their own or with help from a parent.
I've already been asked, "What are those things sticking up out of the name cards?"
Those are, in fact, Chore Tickets. As you can see they say "Chore Completed On:", I am going to get all of the family's chore tickets laminated, and then use dry erase markers to write on the ticket when that chore was completed. That way I can see when the last time it was that I cleaned the Chinchilla cage, or perhaps thank my husband for taking out the trash when I didn't see. (It's proof for him too, so he can say "I took out the trash...and here is proof!" LOL)
Now, I'm sure some or a lot of you are here to find out how to make ones of these yourself, and let me tell you it is SO easy and SO budget-friendly! I can't wait to put mine into action! Hopefully by August 1st! However, let me just apologize in advance, my mind is jumbled today with everything I have got to get done, including this tutorial, so if this seems jumbled or a little unorganized, please forgive me and bare with me, I'm trying to please everyone at once! LOL
First off, you are going to need the following items:
A 2' x 3' Framed Cork Board
Various Colors of Cardstock
Tape (Not Pictured)
Dry Erase Markers (Not Pictured)
And the following templates:
Here are the steps to making your own. It is SO easy! Sorry I don't have too many pictures, I was in such a hurry to get this done before inspiration left me that I forgot to take pics. But hopefully the steps without pictures are self explanatory, but please feel free to email me with questions if you have any at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step 1: Print & Cut out EVERYTHING.
Step 2: Write the name of the chores and the rewards on the blank cards from above. (You can type the names too by copying and pasting the blank card template into your Paint program and then adding the chore names that way.) Remember the chores and the rewards are completely up to you!
Step 3: Seperate your chores into their 3 categories
Step 4: Tape the category names and the card that says "rewards" to the backs of a full sized 3x5 index card. A different color for each category.
Step 5: Since I didn't have a 5th color of index card, I took an index card and traced it onto black cardstock, and created the background card for the Family Member card. You can do the same if you don't have a 5th color of index cards.
Step 6: Cut some of your index cards in half, enough so that you have one half of an index card for each of your chores. You can do this by folding the index card in half and cutting along the crease of the fold.
Step 7: Once you have chosen the color of index card for each category, and seperated your chores into their 3 categories, tape each chore to the index cards that you cut in half according to their categories/colors.
I seperated the chores into 3 categories:
I did this because there are some chores, like laundry, trash, cleaning the chinchilla cage, etc, that don't need to be done everyday or every week (depending on the chore). Although some homes may need those chores done daily, it's however you want to personalize it for your family.
Now here are the chores I can up with for our family:
Clean Up Dirty Clothes (I can't seem to get my kids to put their dirty clothes in the clothes hamper, hopefully this will help remind them.)
Pick Up Living Room (This is just kind of a daily chore of straightening up the living room.)
Clean the Table (This chore is for after meals.)
Put Away Toys
Pick Up Bathroom (This one is just tidying up the bathroom, not the full on cleaning of it.)
Set the Table
Put Away Dishes
Clean the Counters (This is also for after meals)
Take Out Trash
Wipe Off Trash Can (It never fails, the kids always get food, or dirt or something all over the outside of the trash can)
Vacuum 1 Room (I say 1 room because I am trying to provide everyone with an opportunity to vacuum.)
Wash Off Glass Doors (We just installed glass doors onto our bookshelves to prevent the baby from constantly taking the books off, and keep the chinchilla's from chewing on the books when they are out of their cage for playtime, anyways, there is bound to be many fingerprints...so I had to add this chore.)
Wash & Dry The Clothes (This one includes folding as well lol)
Put Away Clothes
Dust 1 Room (Again, this gives everyone in the family an opportunity to dust, or 1 person can do all the dusting and put a ticket in that slot for every room they dust.
Clean Chinchilla Cage
Vacuum Couch (How often do you remove your couch cushions and find tons of junk under there?)
Wash off Bedroom Doors (Always dirty finger and foot prints on our doors)
Clean Out Van (I think my whole family is guilty of leaving trash in the van)
Mop the Floors
Wash Windows in 1 Room
Clean the Bathroom
Wash the Baseboards
Wash off Outside Doors
You can come up with so many more chores, and of course change the chores above to be more personalized to your family chores, home, and needs.
Step 8: Pin everythng to your corkboard using your thumb tacks you can use the picture of my chore chart as a guide for you:
Step 9: Put your Family Chore Chart into action!!!
This is how you do it:
Choose your chore, complete it, write the date/day and/or time that you completed the chore on your own color of ticket, then place that ticket in the "pocket" of the chore like so:
Then at the end of each week (this is how we are going to do it, you can change your's if you want), transfer/trade your tickets for rewards. Take your tickets and put them into the reward slot of your choice. Then you can either swap out your tickets for the reward immediately (if you have enough tickets) or you can swap out your tickets for the "golden tickets" and save them up in your bank (pictures below) until you have enough for the reward you want. Boy, I sure hope I am explaining this well enough for you to understand.
For example, our rewards are:
Money (Decide as a family how much money each ticket/chore is worth)
Date (This is an opportunity for mom and dad to get a date in each week, or for one of your children to get a date with mommy or daddy.)
Time (This reward is for things like: time with friends, time on the phone, time on the computer, time on the game system, etc.)
Hobby (This is for things like movies, eating out, golfing, family fun centers, game centers etc. Basically activities away from home.)
Other (This category we are going to leave up to the person, so if they have something else in mind that isn't listed, this is the category they would save up for.)
Now all that's left for you to do is to create your own "banks" for your saving of money or golden tickets, and then sit down as a family and choose what your rewards will be and how many tickets they will be worth.
Tonight, as a family, we are going to be decorating each of our own banks, these are the containers we are going to be using:
I hope you all have a blast as a family making your family chore charts! I know I am looking forward to finally be rewarded for the chores that I do around the house, other than the satisfaction of a clean house. also, once again, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask, but I do ask that you email me at email@example.com, please don't leave your questions in the comment section below, I have no way of answering you, thank you!