Create a Chore Chart [Organizing Mission #24]

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imageWelcome 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:

  • Make beds
  • Set table for breakfast
  • Prepare breakfast
  • Clean up breakfast things
  • Get kids ready for school
  • Drop kids at school
  • Grocery shopping
  • Bank
  • Other errands
  • Put away groceries
  • Set table for lunch
  • Prepare lunch
  • Clean up lunch area
  • Dust/wipe surfaces
  • Sweep
  • Mop
  • Vacuum
  • Clean windows
  • Clear leaves/driveway
  • Weed garden/yard
  • Pick up kids from school
  • Feed pets
  • Walk pets
  • Tidy car
  • Clean garage
  • Tidy basement/attic
  • Tidy/clean study
  • Tidy/clean kids’ room
  • Tidy/clean bedroom
  • Tidy/clean living room
  • Tidy/clean dining room
  • Tidy/clean kitchen
  • Tidy/clean bathroom
  • Laundry
  • Ironing
  • Put laundry away
  • Set table for dinner
  • Prepare dinner
  • Clean up dinner things
  • Take out trash
  • Bath children
  • Put children to bed

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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Julia O'Connor says:

success is in the detail and it works

Lauren says:

Making the thing is done. Sticking to it is the real challenge!

Nicole says:

Get your kids to help you too. You can print chore charts for kids at http://www.rewardcharts4kids.com/chore-charts/

Joey says:

Totally Done. :)

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Brenda says:

Oops, it’s done. I just have to get the rest of my family to buy into it. :)

Brenda says:

Oops, it’s done. I just have to get the rest of my family to buy into it. :)

Great tips. Really like the “small steps” approach.

Great tips. Really like the “small steps” approach.

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