Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Printable Kids' Chore and Responsibility Charts

I have a couple of cute homey projects I'm working on, but the dreary weather in Virginia has made photographing anything difficult. And, quite frankly, my house isn't "photo ready" this week. There are areas in our downstairs that look like the Toys 'R Us stock truck backed up and unloaded on the floors. Which leads me to today's post, Printable Chore and Responsibility Charts for Kids.
Printable Chore Charts for Kids (Round Up), from Serenity Now

One of the things I'm committed to on this blog is to share openly when I can. I've been frustrated with my kiddos lately. The girls are five and seven, and I know I can do a better job of requiring them to contribute more to the upkeep of "their" areas, namely the play area and their shared room. And a lot of that boils down to me teaching them...and following through with my expectations. 

I'm tired of waiting until I step on a Barbie shoe or American Girl plastic cupcake in the dark and flip out because I have to walk through "trails" of toys littering the floor in their room. I've come up with some awesome creative storage options for their room (here, here, and here), but they tend to let the room revert to chaos before I go nuts and yell about the mess. And (honesty here) I usually end up just cleaning it up myself because it's just easier and faster and I have a Type A OCD Girl who lives deep in the recesses of my brain and she occasionally takes over and wants things to be "just so."

This isn't beneficial to anyone. It doesn't help me. I get cranky and spend time on their stuff when I should be folding laundry or getting dinner ready. It doesn't help them. They don't learn to take responsibility for their own belongings and they live in a rat's nest until I have a freak-out-attack and clean it all up. Not cool.

So, long story short, I rounded up some Printable Chore Charts to share here today. There are tons of cute options out there, but I definitely wanted something easy to put together, and Printables are about as easy as you can get!

Love the pretty chevron:

A weekly version:

Chores, rewards, reading, etc:

I like the idea of laminating and reusing the same one:

Precious, with morning routines:

Source: via Amanda on Pinterest

More pretty chevron:

I like the details on this one:

Nice color scheme going on here:

Lots of options with this printable:
Source: via Amanda on Pinterest

Chore charts to print by age:

Cute burlap-like background here:

Boy or Girl?

Great list of kids' chore ideas by age!
Source: via Amanda on Pinterest

Maybe to get them interested in starting?

Amy from The Idea Room also wrote a great post about teaching your children to clean, which is worth a read!

What about you? Any tips or struggles you have with getting your kids involved?

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  1. Wow, these are amazing!!! Dang, how am I going to choose which one to use?

  2. What a great resource post Amanda! Will be printing one of these for sure! thank you very much dear!

  3. :) I am working on a new one for my kids. They are 7 and 9 and know what they should be doing... now I am addressing the HOW (what kind of attitude or level of effort) This is the last chore chart I posted:

  4. Oh, WOW! This totally sounds like me with my 2, even down the my(your) reaction! Haha. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Thank you so much for putting this together! Your experience with your kids' messes sounds just like mine. I am hoping some of these charts will be just what we need to make things go more smoothly around here.

    Thanks again!

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