Thursday, October 3, 2013
Monday, May 20, 2013
In my last post I shared with you my new cleaning list. In this post I'm going to share with you how I do my chore list for the kids!
Every day I write on a big dry erase white board 2-3 jobs for both kids to do. Next to each job is a check box and a number of pebbles they get if they complete it. Each child has a pebble jar they put them in and when it is full they get something special. Sometimes we take them to the store to get a toy or we do something special.
The jobs are always easy and on their level. Most days I let them pick what they want to do because they have favorite jobs :)
Mondays is laundry and bathroom day at our house. So, Mondays they have to sort their laundry, put it away (just the foldables), and they each get to pick a bathroom to mop. Mop as in use a Swiffer. My kids beg to do it because they love it and It's fun!
Tuesdays is bedroom day. Each kid cleans, makes their bed and vaccums it. I am not picky about how they make their bed. It does not have to be perfect but I have to see that they tried. Vaccuming is fun for my kids to for some reason. Once again I don't expect my 5 and 3 year old to vaccum it with perfection, but they love doing it and I let them. So, once they finish I go over it and we are all happy :)
Wednesday is playroom pickup and kitchen day. They each spend 5 minutes picking up at different times (because they will stop and play if they are together), help empty the dishwasher (one loves silverware duty and one does kid plates and cups), and Swiffer the floors. One chooses the playroom floor and one does the kitchen.
Thursdays is foyer, living room and dining room day. They each do a 10 minute pickup, Swiffer and shoe detail. Both kids usually have toys about so that is pickup, each pick a floor to Swiffer and both have to pick up their shoes in the foyer.
Fridays are guest room day for me so I usually make it a free day for them. It usually involves a 10 minute pickup and a 10 minute learning activity. My oldest is in prek so we usually will read an extra book for pebbles and my other will practice the alphabet and numbers.
And lastly, Saturdays are porch and yard work day. Once again an easy day! They usually just have 10 minute pickup in the yard so their toys don't get mowed over and help pick up sticks to put by the curb.
After breaking it all down it seems like a lot, but its not. They spend less than 30 minutes a day to help out and earn pebbles. They help out so much by doing little things and they are learning to appreciate things. They are so proud when daddy comes home to show them what they did! After cleanup we have the whole day for fun!!!
We have finally moved and settled into our new place! I'm enjoying the fact that It's bigger and we have more space to put things.
Last week I tackled my cleaning list and changed things around to make it fit our new needs. We tried it out and it works perfectly! Here is our daily, weekly, and monthly list.
I hope it doesn't look overwhelming because it really is simple and easy to incorporate into your schedule.
Daily you should spend about 1 hour between picking up, dishwasher duty and your weekly chore. Possibly the first week it may be longer, but as you keep doing this weekly it will be a breeze. In my next post ill also show you how you can get your Littles to help you too!
And last, I make a monthly list for myself so that when the dreaded spring cleaning comes around each year I don't spend all day cleaning because It's been kept up throughout the year :)