As the boys grow older and as the year changes from school time to summer time I have found that’s the best time to revamp the chore list. In the past they’ve had specific chores on certain days due to their age, but now they’re all capable of doing any chore on the list.
Instead of my normal calendar (Calendar Creator) layout I opened Microsoft Word and used a pre-made templete. So I clicked on “file” and “new document,” double-clicked on “lists and to-do checklists,” double-clicked on “home checklists,” scrolled down until I found the “family chore chart.” Granted it won’t be a family chore chart, but rather the boys chore chart. I love premade templates that I can customize to fit my needs.
Here’s the printable version : boys chore chart
The Boys chore list now contains a left column of chores that can be done, and the top row with the day of the week. After printing the chart it will be tucked inside a plastic paper protector, and hung on the refrigerator. They can choose any chore from the list on a daily basis, and when it’s complete initial the chore and day-of-the-week is was accomplished. The initialing shows it’s been done for the week.
Here is what’s on the list if you choose to make your own:
- sweep kitchen (they use a Swiffer sweeper)
- sweep & mop mud room (Swiffer sweeper & Swiffer mop)
- dust sides of steps (Swiffer duster)
- sweep family room
- sweep basement steps (handheld Black & Decker Flex)
- Clorox doorknobs & handles, etc.
- clean 1/2 bath
- dust bedroom (swiffer duster)
- sweep basement
- swiffer walls (where the hardwood meets the trim)
- clean boys bath sinks
- clean boys tub & toilet
- sweep from porch
- unload dishwasher
- water plants
I could go on and on, because from 6 & up they can do just about any household chore, but I don’t have them do much with liquid household cleaners. That will come in their teenage years.
We are off and running with the new chore chart. There chores are done right after breakfast so they don’t have to worry about them the rest of the day. I have found that they like it better when they get to choose the chore rather than what’s scheduled for the day.