Video:5 Easy Chore Chartswith Valarie Johnson
Chore charts are an effective way to ensure that everyone in the family does their part to keep the house clean. Here are five easy chore charts that you can use with your kids.See Transcript
Transcript:5 Easy Chore ChartsHi I'm Valarie Johnson for about.com. Everyone's busy these days but it's important to take the time to keep your home clean and organized. Everyone needs to pitch in to help.
The best way to keep a clean and happy home is create chore charts for everyone in the family. Here are 5 easy chore charts that'll work for all the members of your family. If you're too busy to create a chore chart, there's a great selection of free charts on the web. Some are customizable for kids while others are easy printable checklists.
Use Tables as Chore Charts for Older ChildrenFor our teen team we chose these four chore charts that cover different areas of the home. Just print them out and post them in the relevant room or on your refrigerator door. These charts are broken down into daily and weekly tasks. The overall Household Chores chart also includes yearly reminders.
Here's one for the laundry room, another one for living and dining room and one for the bedroom. The pros to this method are that you can post them anywhere. One of the disadvantages is you'll need to replace them weekly and they may be hard for little ones to understand.
Use Color-Coded Index Cards as Chore ChartsIndex cards and a recipe box is another way to keep your chores organized. Set up a recipe box with dividers for each day of the week. We're color-coordinating the dividers with the chore assignment. Parents fill out a card each night and place in the appropriate day for daily chores.
This chore chart is a great way to organize more than just chores. It works great for activities too. But it can be a bit time-consuming for parents to update every night.
Use a Shoe Organizer for Chore ChartsHere's another great chore chart idea. Take a shoe organizer that hangs on your door and put index cards marked with chores into the individual pockets.
First, label the rows with each family members name and label the top columns as follows: chores, activities, extra credit and completed. Once a chore is done, move the card to the completed column. This is a great chart for kids of all ages. The only challenge is finding a place to hang your organizer.
Use Lists for Simple Chore ChartsOne of the simplest chore charts is a list for all members of the household. Simply list each name then itemize the chores they're responsible for for the week. Post on your refrigerator. Have each member initial it or check it off when completed. This is a quick chore chart that's easy to set up and use. It may not be suited for younger children.
Use Flower Pots as Chore Charts for Young ChildrenHere's a really cute idea, especially for youngsters. Create a chore system using flowers in a flower pot. Label the flower pot with their name then label each flower with the child's assigned chore.
Once the chore is complete the flower is returned to the flowerpot. This is a highly visual concept perfect for little ones. The downside is it take some extra time to put together.
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