Sunday, June 6, 2010

Git 'er dun!

I've blogged before about my abysmal organizational skills. Yet, hope springs eternal and as the seasons change, I feel the drive to make another attempt. Every year as school winds down, I find myself thinking, "I can't wait until school gets out, so we can get organized." (Which inevitably leads to August thoughts of, "I can't wait until school starts so we can get organized.")

I'm fickle when it comes to housework. I don't like it, I'm not great at it, and to be frank, I'd rather be doing almost anything else (blogging, playing games with my kids, having a root canal). And while I fully realize that my efforts will likely bear little fruit, I nevertheless feel that the struggle, the attempt, is important. Important personally, to wrestle a weakness. And important for my kids to see me try continually to overcome.

 Anyway, school's out, so it's time to make the attempt. One of my biggest problems with the kids and chores is accountability. We set up chores and establish rules such as, no screen time, playing with friends, or going to the pool until they're done. But, within a couple of weeks, it tends to fall apart.

We've tried chore charts before, with varying degrees of success, but this summer, we're trying it again. Hopefully, the visual reminder will help both Mom and kids.

I made the chart last night. Bright colors, this template, some scrapbook paper, ribbon, stickers, and popsicle sticks.  The sticks are green on one end and orange on the other and the kids will flip them over as they complete their morning chores.

I'm determined to make a go of it. And, worst case, we'll be a smidge better with the chart than without. A win in my book!


  1. I like it! This totally reminds me of mom trying multiple approaches and charts to help us get our stuff done. Love you!

  2. I wish we would have had a sister craft day and done two!

  3. That is cute! Makes me want to live with you and do chores!
    Good luck with it, I'll be curious to see how it goes.

  4. I need a giterdun cart for eating better, maybe that would help me stay on track!!

  5. Very cute! Best of luck sticking to it! I've got the same issues...and heading into summer with a new baby doesn't bode well for me. :)

  6. I guess even though the world changes in many ways, some things continue on from generation to generation. I really do believe that each new effort helps even though it does'nt always seem like it. Love you all.

  7. Very crafty of you! I will tell you know who about this for a Super Saturday. :)

  8. Your chorechart is so cute and colorful. It is always just trial and error and trying to stay on top of it!
    I also made a new kind of chorechart last month - definately not cute like yours :)
    I knew if I didn't the house would fall apart while I was recovering from surgery.
    My poor kids, since I can't do much else but sit on the couch I am WAY on top of those chore charts! Haha my house is clean but my kids run when they hear me walk into the hall - Ha Ha!!

    Good luck - doing chores us the best thing foe kids!!

  9. Sorry about the typo's. So embarrassing but I am commenting from my phone (computer down) and it changes words on me ...oops