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Use this household chores checklist to manage your home like
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(Scroll down for more useful insights into WHY using a household chores
checklist works so well.)
- Write your own family's chores on this household chores
checklist. Set your checklist up once and then make copies for each
- Think FAST! By color coding the chores checklist
you can quickly see what tasks need to be done and when. For example,
you can use one color for weekly chores and a different color for
monthly or bi-monthly chores.
- If you're trying to keep track of who does which chore, consider
assigning a different color to each family member and coding the
household chore checklist accordingly. Again, at-a-glance, evenyone
will know what their jobs are. No more "what am I supposed to do
- Or, alternatively, place your printed copy of the checklist
into a plastic sleeve. Use a dry erase
marker to fill it in each month. If you organize your chores the same
each month, then you won't even need to repeat this step.
- Another idea is to use a monthly calendar for a visual
checklist. You can still use the numbered and lettered tasks as
described in the printable household chores checklist.
Print the household chores checklist. or the
Family Chore Game.
(Requires a PDF file reader such
as Adobe Acrobat Reader).
Why a household chores checklist is such a great resource
for an efficient home.
- No one can function at their peak by working from
memory. Think about the most efficient people you come across in your
workplace. What tools do they depend upon to keep their days running
- The fact is, running your home is a lot like running
a business. You need tools, resources, schedules, and budgets.
Thankfully, many of these tools are free or low cost online and can
provide you with value many, many times above their costs. Use them to
- Training your family to use a household chores
checklist and other simple household tools means you are mothering
effectively by teaching them how to run a household, develope
self-discipline, and encourage teamwork. If they have difficulty
understanding this concept, I recommend a family reading of the classic
story "The Little Red Hen".
- Keep in mind that a household chores checklist is not what
will keep your home clean. If you can use some more thoughts on
that subject, read my article, "How to Use Chore
Charts Effectively" and make the most out of your efforts whether
you're using this chores checklist or any other.
- A smart thing to do is to compile creative ideas on how to
your home. Then you can pick and choose solutions as various needs
arise in your homelife. Here's the successful organizing
resource I keep at my fingertips.
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