As a busy mom of three it feels like there are not hours in the day to get done the “must dos”, much less get done the “really should dos” and “fun to dos”. And now as the summer break from school is thrust upon us yet again, I find it challenging to put together any sort of plan of how to keep the kids busy and the household running smoothly while my sanity remains in tact. Additionally, I am coming to terms with the fact that my oldest is a whopping nine years old now and she is ready to begin learning more independence and accept more responsibility around the house.
Enter the Chore Chart!
I am all about not reinventing the wheel, so rather than buy poster board and paint markers or create a weekly chores process flow chart, I turned to the Internet. Turns out the Internet is full of people more talented and clever than I could ever be–chore chart templates abound! If you are like-minded and want to leverage someone else’s creativity for the benefit of your own clean floors and refreshed sanity, check these out:
- Keeping it simple: the MS Office chore chart template.
- These downloadable chore charts from Parents Magazine are ideal in my opinion except that while I can add tasks to their list I cannot delete the tasks that they included. Also, you have to create an account on their site in order to access them–but what parent doesn’t already have an account at Parents Magazine? (me. i actually didn’t. now i do.)
- Super simple chore charts from Chart Jungle. You must print this one and then add chores to the list by hand. This one is pre-filled and I like it for the younger kids. (My 9 year old is probably too old for this one.)
- For when you have the time and the inclination for your chore chart to be a craft project unto itself, these ideas at How Does She are particularly awesome.
- And lastly, if you prefer to enjoy looking at chore charts without actually doing anything else then check out this Pinterest page. (that’s how you Pinteresters work, right?) (I KID!)
So, what did I end up going with? Something super fast and immediately useable for us. It is functional but not fancy enough for the high standards at my house (HA!). But I have run out of time to come up with something more complicated and this will do. Download this template here.
I know it doesn’t look like much, but I had to start somewhere. If I don’t start the summer off by being a taskmaster then I will lose all control!
The hardest part about delegating certain chores to the kiddos is knowing that newbie mistakes will happen–darks might get washed with whites and a dish here and there might get broken, but letting them mess up a little now will ensure they get it right in the future, I think.