Keeping House and Homeschooling

I struggle with this.  Big time.  There never seems to be enough time to get everything done, and I have a hard time keeping the kids’ chores straight and consistently enforcing their completion.  So, here on my week off, I’ve decided to come up with a system that makes my job easier and will, hopefully, encourage all of us to consistently work together to keep the house clean. I want everyone to pitch in and take ownership of keeping a presentable house.

It’s very easy to find lists of age-appropriate chores online.  So, I did a little Googling and thought about our specific household needs (with a family of seven, the top chores are laundry and dishes).  Then, I made a weekly list for each child of chores they need to do Monday through Friday for a weekly allowance. Money is often tight in homeschooling households, so the allowance doesn’t have to be monetary. I included a list of chores that kids can do to earn “bonus bucks” as well. The kids need to go through their lists each day, then present the lists to me so I can double-check their work.  Saturday is payday.

N (age 11):

  • Daily chores include making her bed, putting dirty clothes in the hamper, putting away her clean clothes, putting her dishes in the sink after each meal, loading the dishwasher, sweeping the kitchen and living room, cleaning the room she shares with C, and picking up things she has left around the house throughout the day.
  • Weekly chores include, cleaning the upstairs bathroom twice, doing laundry (both hers and C’s) once, vacuuming the upstairs once, and taking out the trash once.
  • “Bonus Bucks” chores include washing windows, mopping the kitchen floor, mowing the lawn, and planning, preparing, and cleaning up after a meal.  I’m also open to suggestions from her on ways to earn “Bonus Bucks.”  She’s quite entrepreneurial, and I want to encourage that.

C (age 9):

  • Daily chores include making her bed, putting dirty clothes in the hamper, putting away her clean clothes, putting her dishes in the sink after each meal, emptying the dishwasher, clearing and wiping the table and kitchen counters, cleaning the room she shares with N, and picking up things she has left around the house throughout the day.
  • Weekly chores include, cleaning the downstairs bathroom twice, doing laundry (both hers and C’s) once, straightening up the living room and vacuuming the throw rug once, and straightening up and cleaning the classroom once.
  • “Bonus Bucks” chores include washing windows, mopping the living room floor, cleaning out the microwave and wiping off the stove, and mopping the classroom floor.  I’m also open to suggestions from her on ways to earn “Bonus Bucks.”  She enjoys housework (except for cleaning her own room), so I’m sure she will find ways to earn a little extra.

S (age 6):

  • Daily chores include making her bed, picking up any non-Barbie/non-dollhouse toys, putting her dirty clothes in the hamper, putting her clean clothes away, sweeping her bedroom, and picking up trash around the house.
  • “Bonus Bucks” are awarded to her for spending the entire night in her own bed and for reviewing her alphabet/number flashcards.  She hates flashcards.

H (age 4):

  • Daily chores include making her bed, picking up Barbie/dollhouse toys, putting her dirty clothes in the hamper, putting her clean clothes away, and putting away her books.
  • “Bonus Bucks” are awarded to her for spending the entire night in her own bed and for picking up her baby brother R’s toys around the house.

We’re going to start the “Chore Checklists” on Monday.  I’ll give a little update the following Saturday to let you know how it went.

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I was an education major in college, but I hated teaching. And then I started homeschooling. Good days, bad days, I love them all! It's a great adventure with my favorite people in the whole world.

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