Okay, so here is the rest of our job chart that you got a peek at when I wrote about our after-dinner jobs. We set this up with two main goals:
1. To give the girls a daily responsibility in addition to after-dinner jobs and nightly room tidying
2. To help my hubby and I get the basics accomplished on a weekly basis
Obviously, this is not a detailed cleaning routine for our entire house. But, it does mean that all the floors get an extra-good cleaning once a week and the bathrooms get hit twice a week. We don’t like grocery shopping on the weekend, so we added that to our routine midweek instead. Sometimes the girls and I shop together in the morning, and other times either my husband or I shop in the evening alone.
For me, the main reward of this whole system is that the girls are beginning to see the work required to maintain a household and that it is so much easier and faster when we all work together.
Here are a few more details on the girls’ various jobs – keep in mind that we aren’t going for perfection here, just doing our best and learning!
On Monday and Thursdays, I head to the girls’/guest bathroom with one of the girls (the other one gets a day off!). We clean the mirror, wipe down the sink, scrub the toilet and empty the trash. We set out a fresh hand towel and a new cup for rinsing. That’s it! My husband and I clean our own bathroom, and we tackle the tub and shower as needed.
The girls dust the living room as well as their own bedrooms (mostly just their bookshelves). Sometimes I pay them a few coins in exchange for baseboard dusting!
Since I am doing the floors on the same day, the girls sometimes like to help vacuum their rooms or mop the kitchen floor.
We get the bulk of our laundry washed, folded, and put away midweek. The girls help with various things like sorting and loading the washer/dryer, and they are also responsible for putting away all of their own clothes. They are becoming quite proficient at folding and can bust out a stack of towels, washcloths, and dishcloths in no time!
I’m sure the girls would tell you that Friday’s job is the best – cooking! I put it on the schedule so that I remember to make time for the girls to bake or try a new recipe. Last week, Natalie made some delicious brownies from one of her birthday cookbooks, Look and Cook. The girls are very excited to tell people that they made something “from scratch!”
We keep our job chart in a sheet protector on the fridge and use a dry-erase marker to check off our accomplishments throughout the week. The girls are very in-tune with this, and are quick to remind me if I “forgot” to clean my desk or mop the floor. A little accountability is good, don’t you think? :)
Do we stick to this schedule every week like clockwork? No, but we continue to strive for that! I certainly notice that I feel better if these basic tasks are done.
Do the girls always join in happily to fold laundry or wipe down the bathroom sink? We get our share of “Do I have to?” but for the most part, they are happy to do their (very quick and simple) tasks. We are usually working side by side, so we pass the time visiting or listening to music while we work.
Do you have a chore routine at your house? Are your kids involved? Any other questions I can answer about our chore routine?