Hi IC friends! It’s Brook from BeingBrook and I’m excited to show you my new chore system. It’s that time of summer when I start craving order and a schedule! Summer fun can be messy and I’m tired of explaining that you actually have to get dressed and eat breakfast before you can run outside to play! I also want my kids to develop good cleaning habits and avoid the frustration when they don’t know exactly how to clean a room. So I made a free how to printable on how to clean a few different rooms in the house!
I’m also going to show you how you can make an easy system for keeping track of what chores need to be done and what has been finished.
Buckets (I purchase mine at the dollar spot at Target)
16” of 1” x 4” pine
Hammer and Nails or Nail Gun
I started by nailing my 16″ piece of wood to the wall with a level and a nail gun. Then I painted it the same color as my walls.
Drill the pilot holes for the hooks. I made a template with paper the same size as my board and then just marked where the holes in my hooks were. This makes it so much easier to get all the hooks lined up the same on all the boards.
I bought a sun, moon and star from the silhouette store and cut them out in black vinyl. Sun=Morning Chores, Moon=Evening Chores, Star=Completed Chores.
Then use some transfer paper to adhere your vinyl to the buckets.
Print out the chore printables. I laminated mine to make them more durable.
Trim the “to do” chores with a paper cutter or scissors. There is even a blank sheet so you can customize your chores to fit your family.
Then just hang your buckets and enjoy your clean house! It’s not quite that easy but it really does help establish good work habits in kids and help them learn to work hard. My two youngest kids are 6 and 3 and I do every chore with them but the older two are 12 and 15 and the only thing I have to do is inspect their work!
“We can do hard things” is one of my favorite things to tell my kids and I made that into a printable for you too!
Thanks for having me Beckie!
Great idea! I need to do something similar to keep my kids accountable!
What a great idea!
Hey would it be possible to get the printables in a pdf file? I don’t have powerpoint, and I want to print these out but can’t figure out how to do it.
You will have to contact Brook at email@example.com
Google docs has the choice to open and print as a PDF. Just push the printer icon and it should open in PDF format and you can save to your computer as a PDF on that little pop up screen. If that doesn’t work on your computer than send me an email!
Hope that helps!
Those little buckets are great! We just purchased some to create our own system…with 5, soon to be six, children 3 buckets each would take up way too much room. I wrote out daily chores & homeschool subjects on clothes pins and clipped them on each child’s bucket. When they are done they can drop that pin in their bucket. The handles are too small when using clothespins to hang them on hooks, where to place them is my last hurdle before fully implementing this system. Wish I would have seen your system first!