EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO GET ORGANIZED WITH CHORE CHARTS
We've tried SO many different kids chore chart systems over the past few years. Nothing has checked off all the boxes for me, and so nothing has lasted. We set out to create a chore chart system that could be completely customized, fit varied family needs, be sleek and neutral in design and, most of all, something that would be a long-lasting solution that worked! I've outlined all the different options for chore charts in your home, in hopes of allowing you to create a system that you can call a success.
For us, implementing this chore chart system has made life simpler, decreased nagging, increased excitement around helping out, and has given everyone a sense of accomplishment. I'm confident it will do the same for you!
STEP 1: CUSTOMIZE AND DOWNLOAD YOUR CHORE CHARTS
We've spent countless hours researching chore chart designs and age-appropriate chores to ensure you get the most effective system that can be created in the least amount of time - you can even create your custom chore chart right on your mobile device. Once you create your chore chart, you'll be immediately emailed a pdf of the chart - simply download it to your computer.
STEP 2: PRINT YOUR CHORE CHARTS
There are several options for printing your chore charts to use at home:
- Print on your home printer. You'll need one sheet per child per week so printing off several copies to have on hand is helpful.
- Print from a local office supply/print shop for about $.10 - $.50 per page depending on color options and vendor.
- Laminate your pdf for limitless uses (chores are marked off with a dry erase tool, then wiped off to clear the sheet). I laminated chore charts at Staples, UPS Store and Fedex Office. Colors varied slightly, but the quality was comparable. Cost at all three shops was under $3 for each laminated chore chart.
- Slip your printed chore chart into a sheet protector to be marked off with a dry erase tool.
STEP 3: HANG YOUR CHORE CHARTS
Now it's time to hang your chore charts for easy display and use. We chose a small wall area in our kitchen/dining area to make it easy for everyone to access. The finished chore charts are neutral, simple and have a clean design, so I don't feel like we have to hide them, which was hugely important to their success. There are a couple ways to best display your chore charts:
- Clipboards hung on the wall. I purchased these inexpensive clipboards on Amazon. I love gold accents right now, so I taped off the metal clips and spray painted them gold. The clipboards have a retractable hanging loop, making them easy to hang on the wall with a nail.
- Washi tape. I love that washi tape holds well, but is easy to remove and doesn't damage walls. Plus, I think it looks better than regular clear tape. This white washi tape is my favorite, but you can find many varieties at craft stores.
STEP 4: DECIDE HOW TO MARK OFF COMPLETED CHORES
Depending on how you decided to print off your chore charts, there are some fun ways to get the kids excited about marking off their completed chores.
For paper charts:
- Mark off chores with your favorite pen, pencil, marker or crayon.
- Mark off chores with stickers. I found the perfect-sized round stickers that come in tons of colors - including neutrals that compliment the color palette of the chore charts. They come in packs of 1,000 so they'll last forever, too. I got the Light Brown, Apricot and Brown colors.
For laminated/sheet protector charts:
- Any dry erase marker will work great, but these washable dry erase crayons have been a hit around here.
Hope all that info helped give you some ideas on how to create a chore chart system in your house that will work. If you have any questions or ideas to add, please comment on this post or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.