gallamore west: Mommy's Little Helper: DIY Chore Charts for Kids

Friday, November 14, 2014

Mommy's Little Helper: DIY Chore Charts for Kids

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As a busy mom of four little boys, I'm always looking for ways to get the house cleaned quickly and ways to get my boys involved in pitching in too.  I've found that the best way to get the boys involved is to assign them jobs around the house that are quick, easy enough that they can feel successful but also helpful enough that their effort is actually contributing to getting and keeping our house in order (rather than me having to stand there next to them the entire time).   A few products definitely help me keep me keep my house clean too, and those products are Pledge® Multi-Surface Cleaner, Pledge® Polish, and Windex® .

With little fingerprints appearing everywhere, it's nice to know I can get those adorable little prints cleaned up quickly and affordably with Windex®.  

And Pledge® Multi-Surface cleaner... this stuff is such a timesaver because I can clean almost everything with just this one bottle.  It cleans our stainless appliances, our kitchen counters, our bathroom counters and more.  It's a great multi-surface cleaner.

And no cleaner takes me back to my own childhood chore days like Pledge® Polish. I just love that lemon smell!  With four little boys,  I love Lemon Pledge® because I definitely need all the fresh and clean lemon smell I can get around here!  

To keep our boys on track with their daily chores, I made these inexpensive chore charts so the boys can feel proud of their work and so they can just do their jobs without me having to ask, "Did you do your chores yet?"  Here's how I made my chore charts to help get my Mommy's Little Helpers involved:

Inexpensive cookie sheets
Shelf liner paper (leftover from lining my actual shelves) 
Labels printed on card stock
Magnets to attach to labels 

I simply cut the shelf liner and lined each cookie sheet with it.  I drilled two holes in the top to hang ribbon from it so that each chore chart can hang on the wall.  Then I hot glued on some ribbon to divide the columns.  I printed kid-friendly chores on card stock and used a sheet of magnet cut into strips to attach to the back of the labels.

I assigned chores to our boys based on their age and ability.  Obviously the older two boys (ages almost 10 and 7) get more independent chores such as taking out the trash and vacuuming, and our younger two boys (ages 4 and 2) help me out with other small jobs.  The little guys LOVE to help!  Every day they move their chores from the "To Do" side to the "Done" side as they do them.  I don't pay them an allowance, but they can earn money for extra things done around the house occasionally.  It's a system that works great for our family.

How do you get your kids involved in household chores?  
And what are your favorite cleaning products?  

I'm glad I can pick up Windex® and Pledge® at prices that are affordable at Food 4 Less, a Kroger Affiliate (Kroger Affiliates Include Baker’s Supermarkets, City Market, Dillons Food Stores, Fry’s Food And Drug, Gerbes Super Markets, Harris Teeter, Jay C, King Soopers, Owen’s, Pay Less Super Markets, QFC, Ralphs, Scott’s, Smith’s, Fred Meyer, and Food 4 Less) to help get our little guys involved in keeping our home shiny and clean!  And from November 10th- December 27th, Pledge® and Windex® are even more affordable at Food 4 Less because they're part of the Buy Four- Save $4 Mega Event at Food 4 Less.  

For more information on Pledge®, visit Pledge® online.
For more information on Windex®, visit Windex® online

1 comment:

Kara said...

Thanks for posting this. I've always loved those boards in your sunroom. Great idea.


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