20 Chores a week

When I made a list of all the chores that it would take to clean our house, I found about 80 weekly chores.

  • Empty the dishwasher every day
  • Rotate a load of laundry twice a day
    We do twenty loads of laundry a week for our family of five.
  • Vacuum once a week, etc.

When you tell a child to do the laundry, they don’t know what to do. But if you tell the child, “Put a load of dark laundry into the clothes washer.” They can learn that process and repeat it.

Also, children have notoriously short attention spans, so each of the chores on our chore list take 5-10 minutes.

  • Vacuum the living room
  • Wash the door
  • Clean the bathroom sink
  • Empty the dishwasher

So to get MOST of the chores done each week we need to each do 3 DAILY chores and 5 WEEKLY chores. Fly Lady has some great articles on her “Home Blessing Hour.” That is where I got most of the “weekly chore” ideas and many of the daily chores.

3 Daily Chores 5 days a week,
plus 5 Home Blessings once a week
is six days of work or 20 chores a week!

We use “I’ve been caught being good” coins to keep up with how many chores each child has done each week. Each child has their own assigned color, so that has eliminated stealing. They do a chore or two and report back to me that it is done and I give them the coin immediately. If I notice that a chore has not been done, they are called back to do it again or to complete it.

Each child has to earn their day’s coins before watching TV, playing video games, playing with friends, or going to after school activities. Yes, I have to be willing to miss a gymnastic class that I’ve paid for to get their work done. I’ve even threatened to let my child be tardy to school if she couldn’t get her one chore done before school. Our motto around here is:

School and chores, then play



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