Do you need a cleaning system for your busy house? Try creating your own DIY chore system that is tailored to the weekly and monthly chores your individual home needs. This is a system that has worked for my family and not only was it fun to create, the kids enjoyed seeing what was left to do and allowed them to be flexible with what they needed to help with around the house.
Here is how to create your own DIY Chore System:
I like to have things pretty when they are displayed on my wall, but function is important when creating your DIY chore system. I used a piece of fabric, with a red piece of card stock paper to write ‘weekly’ and ‘monthly’ on. Once I had that completed, I warmed up my laminator and placed my fabric with the centered card stock into a laminating pouches and gave it a push through for a sturdy system that will last through my children.
I then punched holes in each of the top corners and tied ribbon through each one, allowing it to hang on a large thumb tack.
Once I had that completed, I wrote down a chore on each clothes pin, being sure that I had evenly placed them on both sides to keep it balanced on the wall. Put everything you can think of that needs attention on a weekly and then a monthly basis.
Once you have positioned all the chores on the weekly or monthly DIY chore system, be sure to flip each one over to write ‘completed’ on the back.
As a chore is selected by a child (or yourself) and is completed, simply flip the clothes pin over and show that this chore is completed. In our home, we expect all the clothes pins to show completed by Fridays for the weekly and by the last day of the month for the monthly.
To help us with the monthly DIY chore system, I placed dates for the months for specific chores to be sure that they were done throughout the month and not all on the last week. I would put 1st and 15th on some and leave others blank and left to the discretion of the ones who were doing the chore. Having my own chores on this DIY chore system helped me stay focused on what was important and remember what needed my attention to keep my house maintained.
The last thing that you will want to do when implementing your own DIY chore system, is hang it in a central location so that it can be visual to all the members of your home and allow them to build responsibility and accountability easier.
At the beginning of the week or monthly, simply flip the clothes pins over and start all over again.