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Monday, August 2, 2010

Chore Chart

So I made something... our family needed this Chore Chart to help organize the things we do every day.  I had been using charts that I would print out on paper, and the kids would put stickers up every day.  It was very consumable so I wanted to do something that lasted longer.  Plus, I had to make copies every week and sometimes I just didn't do it!

Hello, new chore chart!

I made it from the back side of a cork board (so I can still use the cork board),
I cut a piece of cloth from a pillowcase, folded two placemats in half and sewed each to the cloth, creating 5 pockets in each.
Using a scrap of black vinyl, I made a center strip.
I used Mod Podge to attach the cloth to the back of a cork board, and the strip to the center.
Then I attached the brown ribbon all around the edges to finish it off. 
I used scrapbook paper and stickers to make our labels.  M&D = Mom and Dad, and the first initial for each kid. I used fat popsicle sticks to make our job labels.

The kids are really excited about completing their jobs.  The jobs they have to do are on the top pockets, the jobs they complete, they put the popsicle stick into the bottom pocket.  At the end of the day I trade each job completed for one "kid buck", 2 extra if they finish all the jobs assigned.  If they work extra hard or do something wonderful I give extra kid bucks.  Then they turn the kid bucks in for special things.  5 gets a 'treat', 15 gets 20 minutes of game time (my way out of the constant asking for games... they have to earn it! )  If they save up 100, I will give them $5 to spend or save as they wish.  So far, this has been working great.  And right now, game time and treats are more fun and exciting than real money! I'll probably keep readjusting things as necessary, but I'm so happy to finally have a workable chore chart that isn't just something I throw away every week.  This way, the kids can have different jobs to do every day, it can change as needed.

They think that it is great that Mom and Dad have chores to do too... but it is important for them to see that everyone works hard in this family :)

(Sharing/linking here: Sumo's Sweet Stuff  and here

 So fun to see all the creations people make!)


  1. Wow! What a great idea! I love it, and when LM gets older, I'm sure I'll be making one of these (much better than the paper kind!)

    I hope you'll swing by Expect Moore and add this project to the Pocket Week Linky Party!


  2. What a great chore chart. I'm hosting We're ORganized Wednesday this week and would love for you to join the party. There's a great giveaway too. Hope to see you there.

  3. I love this! I have had so much trouble keeping up with my kids daily chores and this is a great way to do it. Sounds like a keeper around my house.

  4. Thanks for the comments! I was so glad to finally make something that I liked and that would work for us:) I'll be linking and stopping by.

  5. It looks great and what a great reward system too. THanks for joining We're Organized Wednesday. Hope to see you at the next party. You're entered in the giveaway too.

  6. Amos! Congratulations on the feature! I am sure that you will get tons of traffic on your blog now! :)

  7. Could you list the chores you have in there? Some of the chores sounded fun. Thanks!

  8. Thanks for the comments :) So fun!

  9. Sure :) The chores include (Must have fun jobs too! And will change as they get older or needs change):

    Clean up
    Practice Painting
    Unload Dishwasher
    Practice Baseball
    Brush and Floss Teeth
    Fix the movies
    Fix the shoe cubby
    Sweep Outside
    Water Plants
    Make Bed
    Feed Cats
    Do "School"

    Parent Chores:
    Go to Work
    Make Food
    Do Errands
    Take care of our family
    Do Laundry
    Clean House

  10. This is brilliant. I wanted you to know I have featured this idea today in my Back-to-School Series on Homemade Gifts.

    I am planning on making this for my home! Thank you for sharing.

  11. THANK YOU ! My kids are ignoring the printed list but this will give them a more visual reminder of what's left to do - thanks for sharing !