One of the things I struggled with throughout our homeschooling years was getting the housework done. I tried chore charts and rewards for the kids, but honestly, I wasn’t setting the greatest example for them, so those things always ended up feeling more than a little bit hypocritical.
Then I discovered if I made up chore lists of all the regular household chores and set about doing those things, myself, I could start encouraging the kiddos to work with me to get the chores done.
“Here, Sweetie, you go empty the dishwasher while I sweep the kitchen. Your brother can take out the trash. Don’t forget to check it off the list after you’re done!”
What had previously been a grind and a pain in the behind, suddenly became a new family teamwork experience. Spending about 20 minutes each day working through the Chore List together as a group got everything done quickly and more-or-less easy peasy. Plus there were a lot fewer housekeeping-related tears (from the kids and from the mom). 😉
If you’d like to give the Chore Lists I developed for my home and family a try, they’re now posted at my new blog, “I’m NOT Susie Homemaker.”
I’m posting this tip today because it’s the first Monday of a new month and the perfect time to start in with Week One! You can download a PDF of Week One, if you’d like.
I read recently regarding housekeeping, that you need to “make a plan, and then work the plan.” I’ve made the plan already … feel free to work it in your home if you find it helpful. 🙂
“Ooo. I love this! I keep my kids chores on the fridge in the same way, but never thought to do it for myself. How much cleaner and organized will my house be? Tons. Thank you for sharing!” – Tia
Onward and upward!