Here’s how to prepare a cleaning and chore schedule for the upcoming school year!
Step 1: Make a list of chores that can be delegated.
Get a pen and paper out and go through your house. Write down all of the rooms or tasks throughout your home that you can assign. You want to separate them by daily and weekly chores.
Here are a few examples:
- Make your bed
- Pick up toys
- Put laundry in baskets
- Set table
- Clear dishes from table
- Wash dinner dishes
- Take out the garbage
- Wash own laundry
- Fold and put away laundry
- Sweep the kitchen floor
Step 2: Separate chores by child
From toddlers to teens, kids of all ages can have chores. When you assign tasks, make it manageable. You probably won’t want to assign two difficult rooms or tasks to one person on a single day. Have two older kids tackle a difficult room together so that no one feels overwhelmed.
Step 3: Keep them accountable.
Make a chore chart so that children can see at a glance exactly what their daily and weekly responsibilities are. You can even draw pictures of a neatly made bed and toys on a shelf so that even a toddler can see what chores are expected. Post the chore chart in a place where everyone can clearly see it to make sure that no one is able to say they “forgot.”
Step 4: Choose your motivation.
Whether you choose to give an allowance based on chores is strictly a personal choice. Even if there is not a monetary reward for completing the household duties, you can still offer incentives such as small stickers for toddlers or a home movie night for older kids.
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How do you develop your back to school cleaning schedule? Leave us a comment to let us know!