Welcome to Mission #24 of our 52 Get Organized Missions.
One of the secrets to personal organization is to do a little every day. Unless you actually enjoy cleaning, filing and organizing (I sure don’t!), it’s more enjoyable and effective to focus on daily or weekly chores than massive, exhausting sprees.
So this week we’ll create a chore chart for your weekly or daily home organizing tasks.
Remember: you only need 30 minutes for the basic mission. Extended Options are below.
If you’re new, you might like to start here: 52 Organizing Missions.
Get Organized Mission #24: Create a Chore Chart
Step 1: Choose Daily or Weekly
If you’re a homemaker, or have a large or young family, you may like to create daily chore charts, with tasks allocated across the week.
If you work outside the home, or prefer to do all your home stuff at the weekend, you may prefer a weekly chore chart.
Decide which chore schedule you prefer.
Step 2: List Your Household Chores
Type a list of the regular chores that need to be done in your home into a Word document. If, like me, you love the pleasure of ticking things off, then leave room for checkboxes.
Or use one of the 12 different chore charts, chore checklists, and chore rosters available in my Home Organization Worksheets. See the Household Chores category.
Your chore chart might include:
Step 3: Print Out And Use Weekly (or Daily)
Save and print your chore chart. Place a copy somewhere handy. Now you can check off your chores as you complete them.
You’ll feel super-organized – and your home will look that way too!
Dos & Don’ts
- Don’t go overboard with your list or put unnecessary pressure on yourself. We’re not aiming for an immaculate, home-magazine photo shoot here, just a comfortable, appealing living space.
- Do include the chores that make a difference to your happiness, clarity and sense of peace. If alphabetizing your glam rock CDs gives you inner calm, then add it. If ironing contributes nothing to your life or personal presentation, then leave it out.
Extended Organizing Mission Options
Want to go beyond this 30-minute organizing mission?
- Turn your chore chart into a chore roster. Add a column and use this to assign responsibility for each chore to a family member.
- Provide rewards or pocket money based in part on completing the week’s assigned chores. It’s a useful lesson for kids!
Ready, Set, Go!
Remember – move quickly, act fast, don’t overthink.
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