Hey, guys! How’s the adjustment to the new school year going at your house? We are only one week in while I know many of you are weeks or over a month into your school year. With the beginning of the school year, I realized I hadn’t updated our chore charts in a really long time, so today I’ve got a couple of different printable chore charts for you. Don’t you love how I need something for my house and it works out all good for you, too! 🙂
In the past, I would just do a Pinterest or Google search for printable chore charts and find something I liked. Now that I have a designer who is making printables for me, I get to make things that match my style and my blog and give them away to you guys. It is a win, win for sure!
With a new school year and my girls being a bit older than the last time I did our chore charts, they definitely needed some updating. I have to say, it feels so good to have updated charts. I think the charts may be more for me than for my kids. It is like I wrote about years ago in my post about my parenting battle plan, I need help with the follow through. If there is a chart there that has the things the kids need to do, I am going to be way more likely to actually follow up and make sure they do what they are responsible for. More win-wins here today! Love that!
So let me show you the chart I came up with and how I use it at our house.
First I think about the things that will go on the chart. I put things on there that I need to make sure I’m following up with my kids. usually things that they aren’t the best at completing. It makes it more likely that I will check if they did it and therefore, more likely that they will do the task.
Above is my oldest daughter’s chart. She is in school this year, so there are some things that really need to get done related to school.
As a family, we decided to try something different with keeping up with cleaning our house this year. That totally needed to go on the chart, so we all make sure we are following through. Cleaning is always something that I struggle with. I generally consider it a waste of time, yet it needs to happen. We are going to go back to trying a modified version of the Fly Lady. The kids are going to do a 15-minute detail clean one time during the week while the adults do 2 of those. Then we will all do a quick clean (1 hour) of the whole house on Saturday. We have been trying it for a few weeks now and it seems to be something we can keep up with…but we shall see. Anyway, all of that needed to go on the chart.
Did you know you can add text to a pdf? When you open up your pdf file in Adobe, click on the ‘fill & sign’ button in the upper right-hand corner. Then click on the ‘add text’ option and click anywhere on the document to add text. Once you have added that text box, you can drag it to the location you want it on the document. Continue with this on your chart until you have added all of the responsibilities you want on the chart.
Next up, I like to print my chart on cardstock and us a Sharpie to darken in the days that the responsibility does NOT need to be completed. It makes it easy for both my girls and I see what days they need to do what.
As you can see above, Snowflake would need to feed our cat and dog (Pepper and Ginger) on Monday, Wednesday and Friday this week. The darkened squares are days she does not need to complete this task.
I fill in the whole chart like that. Then the chart gets laminated (affiliate link). I have an old laminating machine from back in the days when I owned a speech-language pathology practice, but they aren’t that expensive. You can also get the supplies to cold laminate or take them to a copy shop. Any which way, I recommend that you laminate them. That way, a dry erase pen can be used to check off what has been completed each week. At the end of the week, the chart can be erased and you can start over.
Now, I learned a little something while making these charts this year. I’ve never called these chores for my kids. I’ve always referred to them as responsibilities, partially because chores just bring the feeling of dread to me, but also because I want my kids to grow up realizing that no matter what age we are, we all have things for which we must be responsible. It isn’t always fun, but it needs to happen. For me, it is a bit of thinking of what I want them to have learned when they leave my house. I don’t want them to have learned to dread chores (or responsibilities), but rather to have learned the art of being responsible.
I never realized what a good job I had done at calling them responsibilities and not chores until I was getting these ready for this post and my girls. My youngest daughter, Pumpkin, quite vehemently expressed her disdain at the idea of having a chore chart and went on to explain that chores are horrible, but that these are responsibilities. Umm…I guess I accomplished what I set out to accomplish. I sent off a quick email to my designer and asked if she could please add another version that said responsibilities at the top. Thank goodness she is fab and was able to quickly do that.
All of that being said, you will see that you have a couple of option for your free printable chart. You can select one that says chore chart at the top if that is the term you use at your house. You can also select one that says responsibilities at the top. You will receive two versions of either chart. One version will have a plain area with only the wording at the top and the other will have the wording with circles. Pick whichever version you prefer.
I love new anything that has to do with organizing…so I’m loving our new charts. They are helping me follow up on a few things that I stink at following up with. That is fantastic for both me and my girls.
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