I am excited to be teaming up with a few friends, who are experts in their fields, to help you "Put Your House in Order"!
We'll each tell you how we keep order in different areas of our homes.
Since I have EIGHT of 'em, I'll be addressing children.
All of my children are expected to do chores and, over the years, I have had different methods of assigning those.
In an effort to prevent boredom and provide some interest, I occasionally change the way I assign chores.
You can see the different ways I have done it in the past:
In the spirit of "new beginnings" I designed a new chore chart to kick off the new year.
I move the inner wheel at the beginning of every week, so the children can anticipate which chores they will have next. As you can see, it takes three weeks for a child to cycle out of a chore.
I think three weeks is enough time for a child to master a chore and not so long that they become overwhelmed with the harder chores, which I tried to alternate with the easier ones.
To make this simple chore chart, you will need:
- 2 paper plates
- 1 brad
- list of chores
1. Trim one plate so there is plenty of room to write on the outer edge of the second plate.
2. Divide the trimmed plate into sections to accommodate your children.
3. Divide the outer plate into sections to accommodate your chore list, which should be a multiple of the number of children you have. For example, if you have 3 children, make 6, 9, or 12 chores.
If you are a perfectionist, you can find the circumference of the circle by multiplying the diameter by 3.14. Divide that number by the number of chores and measure each space accordingly.
Or you could adopt the motto "It'll do" like some large family mothers I know *ahem* and eyeball it.
4. Stab a brad through the center of both plates and display it in a prominent place.
5. Turn the inner wheel one space every week.
Now, let my friends help you put your house in order in these areas:
- Decorating: Myra from The Casabella Project and My Blessed Life
- Faith: Courtney from Women Living Well
- Finances: Alyssa from Kingdom First Mom
- Food: Jessica from Good Cheap Eats and Life as Mom
This post is linked to Works For Me Wednesday.