The Chores are Working!

ListJust having moved (again), I decided it was a great time to start a new routine with our kids. Enter… new chore charts and cleaning bins. I scoured Pinterest for something I thought would work for our family and combined a few different ideas. We told the kids that helping out around the house is just part of what we do as a family. And, since they are part of the family, they need to be part of the solution to keep our house tidy as well. The kids are not earning money for these chores, however, they can earn money for additional chores.

Each day our kids have standard chores to do around the house and then most days of the week they have a “weekly” chore. When I was describing this idea to a friend, she told me, “It’s just SO much work trying to teach the kids how to do all of this. It’s easier if I just do it myself.” YES! In the short term, it is easier and quicker to do this  yourself.

However, two things jump out at me… 1) We are trying to raise our kids to be responsible adults and live independently from us. I don’t think there’s an official age for this to start, but there comes a time when the kids need to learn responsibility and take ownership. For us, this started awhile ago and continues with this new routine. 2) Cleaning the bathroom may be quicker to do on your own initially; but as you teach your kids how to do clean for themselves, you can actually save a lot of your time in the long run.

So… what are we doing?

BinsOur daily chores consist of their morning routine (making their beds, getting dressed, brushing hair and teeth, etc), feeding the dogs, unloading the dishwasher, picking up their room, and their evening routine of getting ready for bed. Their weekly chores range from taking out the trash, sweeping/vacuuming, cleaning their rooms (which includes changing their own sheets and doing their own laundry), helping to clean the kitchen and bathrooms, and helping me cook dinner.

The first week it took me a LONG time to help them learn how to effectively clean certain areas – like the bathroom and kitchen, and helping our 7 year old learn how to do his own stinky laundry. However, now that we are in week 3, most of these are done with very little help from me. To do this, I also created cleaning bins that have everything we need to clean that specific room. They are filled with cleaners, washcloths, microfiber cloths, paper towels, dust pan and small broom, magic erasers, and dust and mop pads. And to boot, these bins come with a check list of how to clean each particular room. It’s awesome. I love it! And, best of all… IT’S WORKING!

I wanted to wait until we were on Week 3 before posting these ideas. It always seems easy enough in our house to do something for a week. But, when we can establish a routine LONGER than a week and keep it up consistently, that’s when I know I’ve found something good! OH! And I found this awesome mop on Amazon. No chemicals needed and it cleans incredible. Just make sure when you use the wet mop that you get it fully wet and then rinse in your sink! No buckets needed!

Well, since today is bedroom day, I’m off to go clean mine now, while the kids finish tackling theirs! Two loads of laundry already going and all I did was help my son pour the Scent Booster… cause when you have a 7 year old boy, you NEED a Scent Booster!

Q. Do you have a chore routine in your house. If so, what do you do?