When we are on the ball in our house, the girls have and use commission chart* that we created for their various jobs around the house. We sat down and discussed the various things that they were capable (we started it at ages 6 and 4) put it on a chart and discussed with the girls. We don’t call them chores, but jobs to earn a commission (based on Dave Ramsey’s teachings).
We were definitely late to jump on the band wagon to get the girls helping around the house. But, with four kids in the house, they needed to help out so we could help them out.
Of course, your mileage will vary with these jobs and the list, but maybe it will add an idea for you and your family and getting the kids involved.
1. Put clean clothes away and hang up necessary clothes.
It took a while, but we can give the older two their clothes to be put into their dressers. And, we can give them hangers and shirts and dresses to be hung up in the closet. The key here is they can’t argue or boss each other around!
2. Set the table.
Placemats, napkins, plates and utensils need to be out on the table at every seat. Sometimes this is the most challenging job!
3. Clear and wipe the kitchen table after dinner.
They have started to appreciate a clean and tidy table more now that they see what has to be done after every meal.
4. Vacuum the kitchen floor after dinner.
I don’t know how they eat sometimes but the floor is a mess. They are very capable of vacuuming the floor and getting everything up. Since we were sent the Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away Vacuum they actually argue over who gets to vacuum the floor. In fact I’ve seen them take the vacuum into their play room and bed room just to vacuum the floor. The fact that the canister lifts off the wand and comes with a caddy means they can push/pull it around and use it without carrying the weight of the vacuum.**
This is the completely unrequested carpet cleaning on her own.
5. Feed the pet/s (and possibly walk and clean up after them).
Our cat gets fed twice a day, so each child gets a feeding. One does morning and one does evening.
6. Clear and clean the living room floor.
The living room is where we spend most of our time. At the end of the day, it’s pretty obvious so the girls put away toys, books, blankets and anything else that needs to be put away.
7. Clean the toilets.
Yes, seriously. I mean, look at the oldest. She seriously spent 15 minutes in the bathroom cleaning the toilets. Cleaning that they love? It’s like a double bonus!
8. Empty the trashcans.
Not the big kitchen one, heck that’s hard for me. But, they can remove the bags from the bathroom trashcans and replace with new empty bags. We reserve this one for once a week.
9. Take the curb-side trashcans and recycling cans into the house.
When the cans have been emptied by our sanitation workers, the girls bring them back into the garage. They’ve been found racing to the garage with them many times!
Get those kids helping out around the house!
** Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away Vacuum really has made job time easier for all of us. Even though it works like a traditional stand up vacuum cleaner (which we find a little heavy), we use it mostly in the lift away mode to easily vacuum under couches, tables and chairs.
- Powered Lift-Away®
- TruePet™ Mini Motorized Brush Attachment
- 3 Vacuums In One
- Hard-Floor Genie™ Attachment
- Shark® Anti-Allergen Complete Seal Technology® + HEPA / Washable Filters
- More Suction & Deep Cleans Carpets Better
- Never Loses Suction
- Cleans Bare Floors
- Fingertip Controls
- Advanced Swivel Steering
- LED Lights
It comes out of the box looking a little crazy, but took me about 3 minutes to put together and use. One of my favorite things it that the filters are washable. I don’t have to track down a replacement (like my old vacuum!)
* Feel free to go grab the commission chart if you’d like. The squares are colored in on the days that job is their responsibility. The oldest two sisters alternate some days and jobs.
Thank you to Shark for sending the vacuum. All thoughts are my own.
How do your children help around the house?