Chore Chart Idea

picture of mother and daughter

There are moments in my life when I ask myself, why didn't I do this sooner?!  I've noticed that my child responds much better, in terms of action taken when we're organized. Sometimes these aha moments trouble me because of the amount of time it often takes me to get there.  After 8 years, you'd think I would've learned this concept, but better now than never, right? 

Don't get me wrong, for the most part we're very regimented and functionally organized during our week…it's the only way to keep us sane.  However,  there are things I continue to discover that makes our lives a little easier.  Our chore chart idea, while not our own invention, certainly a tool that works. 

First, I can't help but notice that my daughter takes after me with regard to how helpful it is to have things we need to do written down.  She sees me making lists for the week and most certainly watches me when I plan parties.  How nice was it to hear her suggest we take on a project together to make a chore chart.  She really wanted a way to remind her to do certain things, without me reminding her (loudly at times).  Plus, she worked in the concept of an allowance after completing her chores for the week…that's for another post.

I'm a DIYer and a crafter, which can sometimes be a dangerous combination.  I was too excited to finally begin making the chore chart.  What's funny is that for me, sometimes I stall which ultimately leads to inaction.  And it's not for a lack of planning, it's over-planning causing confusion.  One thing that I've learned is that confused minds do nothing. 

This time around, I decided that we're just going to do it.  The only requirements for this chart are: 1) it has to be simple yet functional, and 2) it has to be accessible.  Since I'm a crafter, the cute/crafty can sometimes extend the scope of the project, so I decided to put this in place, and phase 2, I'll add the embellishments.  For now, I'm taking cues from the little one...especially since it's important to her.  I'd like to keep her interest and develop good habits, before the novelty wears off. 

Well, here is our chart:

Picture of chore chart

I'm proud to say that in just one week, I've seen a major improvement in my daughter's behavior and action taken.  Rather than kick myself for not doing this sooner, I've decided to just celebrate a small victory.  The victory is in getting this little girl to make her bed, clean her room, and empty her laundry basket (to name a few) without having to repeat it multiple times.  This small action motivates her and I'll take it!!!

Please let me know what you think of our chore chart.  Do you have a chore chart for your kid(s)…does it work?  I'd love for you to share in a comment below. 

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  1. Hey there! Its Carrie from our SITS Tribe! Love your site!

    1. Hi Carrie! Thanks for visiting! I look forward to getting to learn more about you!

  2. I need to get one of those chore charts for my husband!!! hahaha...

    I'm Kenya and in your SITS tribe!

    1. Too funny!

      I look fwd to learning about all of you in my tribe! Thanks for visiting!

  3. I've been trying to come up with a chore chart system that will work for my son. He's only three, but if he can throw the toys every where, surely he can put them back! Right now we're on a post it note system, collects 5 post its at the end of the week, he can turn them in for a star on his chart. Once he reaches 5 stars, he gets to go pick out a new hot wheel. It works for now, but we'll have to adjust it as he gets older. I love your set up and have bookmarked it for future use! (#SITSSharefest Visit!)

    1. Thanks so much! There are simple chore charts for younger kids where they have pics of the chore (ex. pic of bed for making your bed). So, they'd move the pic from one side to the other when it's done. There are a lot of ideas I've seen on Pinterest. I decided to do a basic one and have her check it off each day. For now it's working :-)

      Thanks for visiting!


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