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Monday, June 18, 2012

Chore Chart

I am the type of person that likes my whole house to be clean at once. If I know I can't clean everything, I feel like I shouldn't even bother cleaning at all.   Now, my husband is the type of person that can live in a messy house for a few days and then one day wake up and become OCD about everything and clean all day long.  I figure, between the two of us, there has to be a healthy medium!

I got on Pinterest one day and searched for different cleaning chores and ideas. I came across several that I thought could work for us.  I didn't want to go out and buy anything so I decided to use whatever I had in my craft closet and the bulletin board we have in our kitchen.

I have to say, the first couple weeks of having this chart I woke up excited to see what my chore was for that day and to get it done!  With a little boy who naps 2 times a day for 45 minutes-2 hours (unfortunately it's usually the latter) I try to get my chores done during his first nap so I can have a little me time (or eat something!) during his next nap.  Rowan has always had this habit of waking up as soon as I sit down to eat.  Thankfully, I think he is outgrowing it.

I like the idea of a bulletin board because you can move chores around if you find they are not working for you on a certain day. It took me about a month to finally get the perfect schedule down for us.  At the start of R.'s morning nap, I take down my room card for the day and review the chores on the back. There is a great sense of accomplishment in pinning that chore back on the board.

Everyday - 
Make beds
Wipe down kitchen
Tidy up and put away

Monday -
Kitchen: clean out fridge, wipe counters, sweep, mop
1st and 3rd: baseboards, windows

Tuesday - 
Living Room and Dining Room: dust, sweep, vacuum
1st and 3rd: mop, baseboards, windows, entry closet
Wash cloth diapers
Take out garbage

Wednesday -
Bathrooms (my very least favorite chore!): sinks, toilets, shower, baseboards, sweep and mop
1st and 3rd: wash rug

Thursday - 
Bedrooms: Dust/fan, sweep, change sheets
1st and 3rd: mop, baseboards, windows
Wash cloth diapers

Friday - 
Basement: wipe down, tidy up, vacuum
Guest Room if needed

Saturday - 
Family time!

Sunday - 
Family time!

Watch for a review of two Pinterest desserts later this week!


  1. Great idea! I like that you don't clean every single day. Rest the weekend!

    1. I love having our weekends free! I wash diapers on Sunday and that's about it.

  2. My least favorite are the bathrooms as well. :) And thanks for doing this! I might steal it. I sound a lot like Graeme -- lazy then one day OCD. hahaha!

  3. I think I'm going to need a schedule like that when we move into a house! I have a hard enough time keeping up in a 1-bedroom apartment! I like having the weekends free so I usually spend all my half day on Thursday cleaning. Although I think I would need to add some rewards for getting it all done!!

    1. Rewards are a great idea! I will have to start giving myself some of those :) I definitely like having our weekends free. The only thing we do is tidy up and do the dishes. It's super nice to have all that extra time with the family. Too bad you can't give Boyd some chores..!