Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Routines, Part Two: Our Chore Routines

As I said in my last post, I have been tweaking and updating our routines for this fall. I think of "our routine" as three routines, really. We have our daily routine, our chore routine, and our homeschool routine. This post is about our most recent chore routine. Maybe not the most exciting thing in the world, but very necessary around here. 

Our daily routine includes three major chore times: morning, noon, and evening. I don't like chores to take up the whole day, and I don't like feeling as though I am never done.  Having a chore routine pinned to each mealtime helps us spread the workload throughout the day. And when the list is completed, so is that chore time. And that is a really nice feeling!

I slipped our finished chore chart inside a page protector, so we can use dry erase markers to cross things off. I love crossing things off, and the kids seem to enjoy it too. It is encouraging to have a clear visual of your progress. At chore time I put the chart on the kitchen counter and call everyone from wherever they are (probably hiding, to try to avoid work!). My hope is that eventually everyone will get used to referring to the chart to see what needs doing, rather than always asking me. Now whenever someone says "What should I do now?" or "Aren't we done yet??" I can say, "Check the list - is everything crossed off?"

We have been using our new chore system for about two weeks, and so far so good. We don't seem to be any quicker at chore time, but it feels more peaceful, and efficiency may come with time. I can hope!

Our chore chart has two parts: first, we have "morning", "noon", and "evening" chores. Then, we have chores specific to each day. The kids all have their own color on the chart, so they can see at a glance what they need to take care of.  Rose is pink, Grace is purple, etc. All other chores are in regular black ink, and everyone is expected to help out with them. I tried to photograph the chart, but it just wasn't coming out well. So just know that I do not do all of these chores by myself. The kids play a major role in keeping things running around here.

Morning Chores
  • Feed and water all animals (the kids rotate who does what)
  • Empty dishwasher & pick up kitchen
  • Set out vitamins/meds
  • Set out breakfast items
  • Quick tidy of downstairs room
  • Wipe down bathrooms
  • Sweep downstairs
  • Start laundry
  • Clean up breakfast
  • Tidy up bedrooms and make beds
  • Water plants as needed (once or twice a week)

Noon Chores
  • Check animal water
  • Collect eggs, clean and store, deliver kitchen scraps to chickens
  • Give goats a hay refill & check their mineral salt
  • Empty dishwasher
  • Make lunch
  • Feed puppy
  • Get mail and sort it
  • Work on laundry
  • Tidy house (just a quick tidy)
  • Check if anything needs prepping for dinner (starting crockpot, chopping vegetables, etc..)

Evening Chores
  • Feed and water all animals, check on bedding
  • Empty dishwasher
  • Check hummingbird feeders; refill as necessary
  • Get paper
  • Collect eggs, clean and store
  • Finish laundry
  • Tidy house
  • Put away laundry
  • Set table
  • Run vacuum as needed
  • File school papers
  • Meds (just a reminder, if any person or animal is currently on a prescription)

Day-Specific Chores

Most of our day-specific jobs are assigned to the kids. I do my major cleaning on Wednesday afternoons because we are home and I can get a decent 2 hour block of time to work. I follow my old housework loop plan during this time and get done what I can. If I have time, I work on my loop for another hour or so on Saturday, then I just pick up where I left off on the next Wednesday. I linked to the housework loop above, but I don't work on it every day like I used to, just on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

  • Empty hampers (everyone does their own)
  • Brush dog
  • Look under furniture to find lost dog toys 

  • Clip nails (Yes I need a reminder for this, or some of the will kids end up with claws)
  • Check library records/renew books
  • Sweep back porch
  • Put away all items by staircase

  • Collect empty hangers from bedrooms (everyone does their own)
  • Fill up chicken and duck feeders
  • Brush cat
  • Brush dogs
  • Work on housework loop, two hours or so

  • Empty hampers
  • Strip sheets and remake beds (everyone does their own)
  • Vacuum car ( I head over to the free vacuums at the gas station during the kids' lessons)

  • Dust kids' bedrooms (everyone does their own)
  • Make grocery list

  • Vacuum kids' bedrooms (they do their own, I help Rose)
  • Clean animal houses and areas
  • Cut grass
  • Trash day
  • Work on housework loop, one hour or so

  • Sweep front porch 
  • Weed a flower bed, if time
  • Plan out week

So that is our current plan, being tweaked all the time, but it's working fairly well. We are pretty successful with getting most of this list done, but please know that it does not all get done every day! I get done what I can and try not to stress too much about it.

1 comment:

  1. Your routine lists are very helpful to me in planning my own -- thanks!


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