How do you set up chores?

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How do you set up chores?
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Thu, 05-13-2010 - 3:51am
Im sure Ive asked before but I was wondering how everyone elses family keeps up on chores or how everybody pitches in to keep things running smoothly.I feel lately that I DO NOT have enough in me to do what I need to do to keep things in order around here!!I swear that if everyone just put minimal effort into things that life would be way SIMPLER for me!
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Thu, 05-13-2010 - 3:43pm

I have a spreadsheet with about ten chores on it that are split up among the three older kids (11, 9, 6) by day of the week. I have at least one day a week in there where *I* do each chore, although it's not always "fair". For example, I have myself for dinner dishes on Wednesday nights but we almost always eat at church, LOL. (Seemed LESS fair for one of the kids to get Wed. nights!) I just print the spreadsheet out each week, making adjustments as necessary. It works well for us so the entire house is cleaned daily, and it just takes a few moments. In addition to the household stuff, they're in charge of their own rooms and their own laundry.

The two younger ones (4, 2) are eager to help out in any way I'll let them, so they're not on the chart yet. =c)

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Fri, 05-14-2010 - 3:07pm

Well in our house we have chores.

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Sat, 05-15-2010 - 8:50pm
I have a chart that is set up by week and the kids- (the oldest 5) rotate rooms each day and then they share kitchen. They are responsible for their bedrooms and they oldest 3 do their own laundry. My 4th and 5th sometimes do their laundry with an older sibling. My sons do their laundry together and my 3rd and 5th daughters do their laundry. When my older children don't feel like helping the younger ones I wash and make them fold and put away when they get home from school. I manage all the laundry for me, my dh and my youngest two children.
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Sun, 05-16-2010 - 5:02am

Sorry I didn't read further on down the board before I posted my question! haha
I did post some links in my post above though.

I TOTALLY am with you about being tired of being the ONLY one to clean up after everyone. I'm tired of it. At my LIMIT! I get the clean, am happy about things and feeling caught up when WHAM it all gets dirty again...because no one can pick up after themselves. urgggh!

So one idea I think I may try, got the idea from the Duggars Family book (called The Duggars: 20 and Counting) and added to it some with my own ideas....

Make a large wall chart of chores and put velcro dots on the back of each chore item. As they finish each item, they take it off and put it in their completed chore folder. Only after they complete the items on the chore chart can they get free time. I also am going to make a family schedule to go with this (fairly flexible) that only allows the time from 2-4 pm as computer/video game time. If they aren't done with their chores or school work before then, then they have to use their computer time to finish those things. Perhaps only a couple times of not getting their chores and schoolwork done and missing their computer time will they start getting the hint.
Hopefully...we'll see. LOL

The Duggars explain their chore system as this:

Schedules have to be flexible...this system uses a wall sized chart made up of sticky notes that can be easily removed or replaced (I thought rather a cardstock type paper with Velcro dots on the back would be better though).
Each person on the chart is assigned a different color paper and under each child's name is a column of the small, square sticky notes in his/her color with each one listing a different activity for that child for each time slot during the day....A lot of those time slots, especially for little ones, are filled with "activities" such as playtime, freetime, naptime...
We use a chore check-off chart on the wall...Dad pays three pennies for every check the child makes next to a completed chore.
Each child has a "chore pack" of morning chores that repeats the basic morning activities on the big wall chart. Chore packs are clear plastic pockets containing cards with one activity from the schedule written on each card. The pack clips to the child's shirt or belt if necessary. (Older kids do not need to wear the chore packs as the remember what their daily chores/jurisdictions are).
The morning chore packs include cards that say "make bed", "get dressed", "brush teeth", and "put away PJ's". Each of the younger children moves one card from the front of his/her pack to the back as each task is completed. Besides the basic hygiene tasks there might be an item in the bigger kid's chore packs such as "empty bathroom trash", or "wipe off counter in boys' bathroom". Usually four or five cards for the younger kids. When they finish they report to mom/dad.
After lunch is the afternoon chore pack - could include school work, practice music, playtime, etc.
The older kids use a check-list and the younger ones use the chore packs.


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