Chore Charts: New Beginnings

I am excited to be teaming up with a few friends, who are experts in their fields, to help you “Put Your House in Order”!

We’ll each tell you how we keep order in different areas of our homes.

Since I have EIGHT of ‘em, I’ll be addressing children.

All of my children are expected to do chores and, over the years, I have had different methods of assigning those.

In an effort to prevent boredom and provide some interest, I occasionally change the way I assign chores.

You can see the different ways I have done it in the past:

In the spirit of “new beginnings” I designed a new chore chart to kick off the new year.

I move the inner wheel at the beginning of every week, so the children can anticipate which chores they will have next. As you can see, it takes three weeks for a child to cycle out of a chore.

I think three weeks is enough time for a child to master a chore and not so long that they become overwhelmed with the harder chores, which I tried to alternate with the easier ones.

To make this simple chore chart, you will need:

  • 2 paper plates
  • 1 brad
  • scissors
  • marker
  • list of chores

1. Trim one plate so there is plenty of room to write on the outer edge of the second plate.

2. Divide the trimmed plate into sections to accommodate your children.

3. Divide the outer plate into sections to accommodate your chore list, which should be a multiple of the number of children you have. For example, if you have 3 children, make 6, 9, or 12 chores.

If you are a perfectionist, you can find the circumference of the circle by multiplying the diameter by 3.14. Divide that number by the number of chores and measure each space accordingly.

Or you could adopt the motto “It’ll do” like some large family mothers I know *ahem* and eyeball it.

4. Stab a brad through the center of both plates and display it in a prominent place.

5. Turn the inner wheel one space every week.

Now, let my friends help you put your house in order in these areas:

  • Decorating: Myra from The Casabella Project and My Blessed Life
  • Faith: Courtney from Women Living Well
  • Finances: Alyssa from Kingdom First Mom
  • Food: Jessica from Good Cheap Eats and Life as Mom

This post is linked to Works For Me Wednesday.

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Comments

  1. Love this chore chart! It will be very easy to make and use:)

  2. Connie, that’s brilliant!! :)

  3. What a great idea! Thanks!

  4. Connie, I love this. My question is, do the kids do all 3 chores in their quadrant daily?

  5. I love this! So simple and frugal, too.

    Connie – How would you recommend I modify this for a smaller family? I just have 2 right now who can do chores. Thank you for your motherly insight! :)

  6. Brilliant! Thanks.

  7. Kathie VanDeraa says:

    From our Sunday comics: LUANN by Greg Evans: (There is conversation between what appears to be 3 college-age friends at lunch. Then this question is answered – Who is your hero? That is, someone who makes you do more than you’d normally do) “Oh, my mom, then. She writes the chores list.” LOL

  8. Genius. Really.

    We’ll be making this for our craft project in school tomorrow ;)

  9. This is wonderfully simple! I love it.

  10. So cute!! I think my kids would be begging me to let them turn the wheel!
    We have to do something different here pretty soon…I am starting to sound like “drill sergeant Mommy” again. LOL!

  11. What a cool idea!!

  12. What a GREAT idea! We have 4 kids, and my husband and I have been wrestling with how to keep track of the who, when, what, etc.. (esp. to eliminate fights about who had what chore last week ~ you get the drift!). I am SO glad I stumbled across your blog! Thanks for sharing!
    Cindy :)

  13. Thanks so much for this idea. We have been at a chore stalemate and I’ve been thinking I need to mix it up. May I ask what is “Kitchen Duty” What does that cover? Clean up of the kitchen after every meal or something simpler?

    • Smockity Frocks says:

      @Julia, Kitchen duty is mostly wiping off counters, putting food away, and drying and putting away dishes that I have washed by hand because they are too big for the dish loader to fit into the dishwasher.

  14. Thanks for the great idea. I just made this with paper glued to a round refrigerator magnet. 3 kids, 6 chores and right now they are happy with it!

  15. Thanks for your fun way to mix up the chore routine. I too have been revamping our chore list. My kids love using the dry erase markers to cross chores off the laminated chore charts (aka duty charts).

    http://ahandfuloffun.blogspot.com/2011/01/chore-charts-part-2.html

  16. Thank you SOOO much for sharing this! It’s working!

  17. I love the simple rotation system! We had something similar when I was growing up and it works for me, I like simple yet very organized and practical things!

  18. Thanks for the inspiration! I posted our version based on yours today: http://www.spelloutloud.com/2011/09/our-family-routines.html

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