Its the busy time of year again. All of the kids are in sports and we are busy running all day. It seems impossible to stay on top of the chores through out the week.
I used to use my weekends to get them caught up but that left me with little to no break. I was getting burnt out and needed to find a way to be able to recharge.
So, I started doing research and figuring out what works and what doesn’t.
Create a chore chart
I’m a visual person. I like to write everything down and have it where i can see it.
My kids are so much more helpful because of the chore chart. Every one has their own “Jobs” to do.
Make sure the jobs are age appropriate. If you’re not sure what is age appropriate, check out this article. It can help give you a rough idea.
Your chore chart does not have to be anything fancy. Mine is just a couple of old leafs from a table and a second hand frame. I painted it with chalk board paint and let every one help add to it.
Designate days for laundry
I used to struggle to stay on top of every ones laundry. I was hounding the kids to make sure they are working on it every day. It was exhausting.
In our house, the kids accumulate at least one load of laundry a day. I was drowning in dirty laundry.
Now I made it a thing that every one has a day of the week that is their day to do laundry. Wash, fold and put away laundry.
We keep a sign up by the laundry room that says whose say is whose. And they wash every ones laundry, not just their own.
I have to admit that i haven’t perfected this system yet, but it is so much better than it was. It has gotten the whole family to step up and help with laundry.
Check that the chores are being completed properly
Every one makes mistakes. After all, we are only human.
The best way we learn is by being taught. Make sure to check on the kiddos as they are working on their chores.
For example, if they need to get their bedroom clean, check to make sure they aren’t shoving everything under the bed.
Teach them how to put things away properly. Make it as easy for them as possible.
Label drawers for what clothes go where. Designate one area for toys.
One of the best ways to stay on top of chores is to keep it simple.
Avoid negative reinforcement
Chores are not always the funnest thing to do.
Chances are, the kiddos won’t listen every time. Avoid yelling if they don’t get it done. If they are getting distracted, eliminate the distractions.
I cover more on getting your kids to listen in THIS ARTICLE.
Set a timer
This old trick works great on all ages, kids and adults. I like to do this when i have too much to do and it feels overwhelming. So here’s how it works:
You have something you need to do, and ZERO motivation to do it. We will use laundry in this example, since it is my least favorite chore.
I have 2 hampers full of laundry to fold and put away. I don’t want to do it, but i know i have to.
So I set a timer for 13 minutes. I like to do odd amounts of minutes, not sure why. And I work on that laundry for 13 minutes sold, no breaks. Once the 13 minutes is up. I can take a break, or just keep working.
Chances are, once you get your momentum going, you’ll just keep going.
Practice what you preach
It can be so frustrating some times to feel like the only one working while every one else gets to slack off.
Don’t make the kiddos feel that way. If you want them to work on chores, you need to work too.
If they see that you are working and getting stuff done, there’s a better chance that they will work too. Monkey see, monkey do.
Work with your kids, not against them.
I remind the kids all the time that we are a family. We are a team. Team work makes the dream work.
We all want to live in a clean and organized home. For that to be possible, we all have to work together.
Leave me a comment below. What do you do to stay on top of chores?
‘Till next time,