Monday, November 15, 2010

How (Not) To Use Chore Charts

I'm a list person...a chart person...a person who likes to have things written down.  I feel so organized and together when I have things on paper.  I'm always checking out websites that offer free printables, looking for the best charts and listmaking sites I can find.  I've found some great resources that I use regularly.

Chore charts are a great way to keep your family organized.  The kids know exactly what they need to do each day.  You can stay on a schedule and keep your house clean and organized.  I've even found mommy chore charts with all the weekly housekeeping chores you need to do on a checklist.  I love the feeling of satisfaction I get when I can cross something off that list.

Unfortunately, I've discovered something about chore charts.  They only work...well, if you actually do the work listed.  Sure, they look great hanging on the fridge or the bulletin board or wherever you decide to hang it.  But if you can't motivate yourself to do the work on the chart, it's not doing much good.  That's where I am.  I love looking at my chore chart.  I think about what I need to do.  I'm just missing the step where I actually do the work.  So there's my goal for this week - learn to use chore charts the right way!


Sofia's Ideas said...

That's so funny! We are very alike that way - I am a compulsive list & chart maker! LOL!

Over the years, I have found that doing something "fresh" with it remotivates me. My last little change was to print my lists on scrapbook paper. I continue to put them in sheet protectors, using dry erase markers in favorite colors to check things off. Its a small change from white copy paper, but looking at something cuter is motivating me.

BTW, all my kids also have their lists in binders this way, in their colors, with matching markers. Such a sanity & time saver!

Amanda said...

I love the idea of using scrapbook paper! I'll have to try that. Thanks for reading, and for sharing your ideas. :)

Losing Brownies said...

Oh, I know about that! We bought a chore chart, but have not even taken the plastic off of it!

Kristine said...

LOL...I am the same way...I follow the FlyLady system and I have a control journal with my daily and weekly tasks in there and I never look at it :) Since your starting to use your charts the right way, I'll start using my Control Journal the right way. It helps knowing there are others just like me.

Beana said...

I am so with you on this! I know it would be good to use one--but it's just one more thing to cram in to the few hours I have with my kids!! Someday I'll figure it out :)

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